NEW HAVEN, Conn. – This weekend the No. 1 Yale women's sailing team will head to Cambridge, Mass., for its last regular season regatta of the fall. Racing will take place on the Charles River in MIT's fleet of FJs and the winners will have their names engraved on the Stu Nelson Trophy.
The last time the Bulldogs raced at MIT was on the first weekend of the season when they won the Toni Deutsch regatta. All of the same sailors from that event will be returning to race for the Bulldogs again this weekend.
Senior skipper Claire Dennis and sophomore crew Kate Gaumond will reunite to represent the Bulldogs in one of the two divisions this weekend. Dennis has spent several weekends racing single rather than double-handed events this season, but she has yet to finish outside of the top two when sailing with Gaumond. At the Toni Deutsch regatta, the two of them won B division by a commanding 18 points.
After racing in a coed regatta last weekend, senior skipper Emily Billing and junior crew Amanda Salvesen will also return to women's competition for the Bulldogs this weekend. The challenging conditions at Dartmouth got the best of Billing and Salvesen last weekend, but the two of them have finished in the top three at every other regatta that they have sailed this season.
After this weekend, there will be only two regattas left in the fall season—the qualifier for the Women's Atlantic Coast Championship and the Atlantic Coast Championship itself. With the end-of-season championships coming up, Dennis was asked to comment on how the season has gone for the Bulldogs thus far.
"The season has been going well," she said. "We have performed well in a number of different conditions, venues and boats which demonstrates our depth." She also added that having team members with "different strengths… will benefit [Yale] at the fall championships."
Report filed by Chris Segerblom '14, Yale Sports Publicity