Strong Finishes in Both Divisions Result In a Large Margin of Victory Overall
BOSTON, Mass. – Over the course of the past few weeks, the Yale women's sailing team slipped from No. 1 to No. 3 in the national rankings after holding the top spot for more than six months. The Bulldogs appear to have been determined to reverse that trend this weekend though. In a smaller fleet than usual, but in some of the most challenging conditions, the Bulldogs sailed to a dominant 34-point victory at the President's Trophy Regatta, hosted by Boston University.
Eight races were completed in each division on Saturday and four more were sailed on Sunday for a total of 12 per division on the weekend. Each day the competitors had exceptionally late report and first warning times due to crew races that were being held on the Charles River in the mornings. Sunday's racing was cut especially short by this delay due to the mandated 3:00 p.m. Sunday cutoff time that all interconference regattas must abide by.
As is always the theme in reports from successful regatta weekends, consistency was the name of the game. The northerly wind direction on Saturday tried very hard to blindside competitors with unpredictable shifts, but sophomore skipper Marlena Fauer reports that both of Yale's boats "did a good job of staying level-headed and not letting the craziness of the Charles get to [them]."
Fauer and sophomore crew Eugenia Custo Greig took second place in A division, just two points behind the leaders from Bowdoin College. They finished top three in eight out of the 12 races and were winning A division for most of the weekend, but two deeper scores allowed the Bowdoin Bears to barely slip by them in the final standings.
In B division, freshman skipper Morgan Kiss and sophomore crew Amanda Salvesen clearly did not let crazy conditions get the best of them this weekend as they did never failed to finish in the top five in any of their races. This consistency was a recipe for an 11-point B division victory.
Happy that her team's overall victory was a result of success in both divisions, Fauer partially attributed this success to the Bulldogs' "communication between sets about what was happening on the water." "Overall," she said, "I think it was a successful weekend in preparing for New Englands."
The New England Championship, as Fauer was referring to, is the event at which all schools from the New England collegiate sailing district compete to qualify for the ICSA Women's National Championship. The "New Englands" are scheduled for two weekends from now while the Nationals will be held in Austin, Texas, in early June.
Report filed by Chris Segerblom '14, Yale Sports Publicity