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No. 1 Bulldogs Finish 2nd in Charleston

Emily Billing and Margot Benedict.
Emily Billing and Margot Benedict.

12 Races Completed Despite Challenging Conditions

CHARLESTON, S.C. – The No. 1 Yale women's sailing team kicked off its spring break this weekend with a second place finish at the Charleston Women's Interconference Regatta.  Weather conditions included a fair amount of rain and colder temperatures than the Bulldogs might have expected after travelling south, but the wind did show up.  In fact, both days of racing had to be cut short due to strong winds and thunderstorms.  Nonetheless, five races were completed in both A and B division on Saturday and seven more were raced on Sunday. 

Only nine teams were represented at the Charleston Interconference Regatta, but with the eighteen boat 420 fleet at the College of Charleston the organizing committee was able to combine A and B division on the same starting line.  Interestingly enough, both of Yale's boats finished with the exact same number of points after 12 races. 

Sophomore Bulldogs Marlena Fauer and Eugenia Custo Greig, finished second overall in A division with a total of 93 points.  Likewise, junior skipper Emily Billing and sophomore crew Anna Han finished third overall in B division with a total of 93 points.  Ultimately, their combined score is the important one for the team, but the fact that the Yale boats tied while their divisions were racing together attests to the team's balance. 

When reporting on the conditions at this weekend's regatta, Fauer said that "a ton of people flipped… it was crazy."  Most races were completed in the 10-15 knots wind range.  Furthermore, there were no races sailed after 1:00 P.M. on either day.  Saturday's racing was ended after race five due to thunderstorms which intensified throughout the afternoon.  Racing on Sunday had to be called two hours prior to the 3:00 P.M. cutoff because winds began gusting above 30 knots.

The lady Bulldogs are now en route to join up with the rest of the women's and coed sailing teams in St. Petersburg, Fla.  For the next five days the Bulldogs will be taking advantage of Florida's warm climate to officially start their spring season training.  On Friday they will head to Annapolis, MD, for the Navy Women's Interconference Regatta next weekend.   

Reported by Chris Segerblom '14, Yale Sports Publicity