NEW HAVEN, Conn. – After making the long journey to race in Annapolis, Md., last weekend, the No. 1 Yale women's sailing team will race at home this weekend. The Bulldogs will host teams from up and down the east coast for the Yale Women's Intersectional. The regatta will be sailed in Yale's fleet of 20 420s, which it keeps at the McNay Family Sailing Center out in Branford, Conn.
Competitors have their fingers crossed in hopes that this regatta will not end like it did last year. Last year, teams showed up to race, but ultimately adverse weather forced racing to be cancelled. Winds gusting to above 30 knots and waves exceeding five feet in height were deemed to be unsuitable racing conditions.
This year the forecast for the event looks better, although still windy. Saturday morning is predicted to bring moderate winds from the northwest, but the afternoon calls for a shift to the south and building breeze. On Sunday, competitors may face wind speeds greater than 20 knots from the southwest.
Representing the Bulldogs in A division at this event will be junior skipper Marlena Fauer and junior crew Eugenia Custo Greig. In B division, sophomore skipper Morgan Kiss will sail with sophomore crew Urska Kosir. However, if it gets windy enough, she may substitute in freshman heavy-air specialist Marly Isler. This squad is almost identical to the one which took first place at the coed Harry Anderson Trophy, which was raced in strong breeze at Yale on the first weekend of the season.
Prior to the Harry Anderson, the last time the Yale women's sailing team raced at home was at the Yale Women's Intersectional in 2010. The Bulldogs won the event that year as well as the year before. Therefore, this weekend they will be looking to add to their 3-0 home winning streak.
Report filed by Chris Segerblom '14, Yale Sports Publicity