ST. MARY'S CITY, Md. – The No. 1 Yale women's sailing team sat fourth in the overall standings going into Sunday's racing at the St. Mary's Interconference Regatta, but in just a few races it was able to jump to a second place overall final result. The late push was led by Yale's B division boat which had all top-three finishes in its last four races on Sunday.
Most of the regatta was sailed on Saturday with seven races being completed in A division and six in B division on that day. Seeing as racing was postponed ashore for most of the day on Sunday, the weather conditions were better on Saturday, but that doesn't mean they weren't challenging. The race committee's report for Saturday claims that it was a "wild day on the St. Mary's River… [with] funky winds." Fighting northerly and southerly breezes made for big shifts and some major delays, but in the end the south wind won out and three full sets plus one additional A race were able to be completed before the wind shut off again in the evening.
Competitors returned to St. Mary's College's state-of-the-art boathouse on Sunday morning to look out across a perfectly calm St. Mary's River. While the sun was out all day Saturday and temperatures were in the 70s, Sunday was foggy most of the time with temperatures having dropped into the upper 50s. After a long postponement Sunday morning, eventually some wind found its way to the river and the racers made their way out to the course to get as many races in as possible before the 3:00 p.m. cutoff time. Three races were completed in A division and four were completed in B division, for a weekend total of 10 races in each division.
The Yale sophomore team of Marlena Fauer and Eugenia Custo Greig finished half of their races this regatta in the top ten, earning them a seventh place finish in the competitive A division fleet. Although they had some tougher, double-digit race scores, Fauer and Custo Greig countered some of these with two strong top-three finishes.
Racing the Bulldogs' B division boat, freshman skipper Morgan Kiss and sophomore crew Amanda Salvesen had only one set of races in which they finished outside of the top five. This consistent score line earned them a third-place overall finish in B division and helped the Bulldogs rally to their second-place team finish. Kiss and Salvesen have yet to finish outside of the top three in a regatta this season.
With a strong finish to end their spring break on, the Bulldogs now look forward to returning to campus late Sunday night and hopefully getting some rest before heading to class Monday morning. They have been traveling since March second, so one can probably imagine that they are looking forward to sleeping in their own beds. That said, the intense training they did and the regatta experience they obtained over spring break proved its worth this weekend.
In addition to returning to the academic routine this week, the Bulldogs will also officially begin their regular Tuesday-to-Friday, on-the-water practice schedule this week. Next weekend the women's team heads to Tufts University in Medford, Mass., for the Duplin Trophy Team Race Regatta. This is the only team race regatta of the year in women's collegiate sailing, but the Yale women should be relatively well-prepared seeing as they did a lot of team racing over spring break to help the Yale coed team practice.
Report filed by Chris Segerblom '14, Yale Sports Publicity