CHARLESTON, S.C. – The No. 2 Yale women's sailing team finished second overall at the Charleston Women's Interconference Regatta this past weekend, matching their 2012 result. It was the first regatta of the Bulldogs' spring season and their first time on the water since the Atlantic Coast Championships in November.
Nine teams competed in the 18-race event which was sailed with A and B division combined into one fleet of 18 boats. 12 races were completed on Saturday in a "shifty northwesterly of 9-17 knots," according to the official regatta report. In order to escape the strongest current in the middle of the Cooper River, the race course was setup in shallower water tucked behind a shore bank. For Sunday's races, which also saw a wide range in wind speed from the northwest, the fleet switched from FJs to 420s and the race course was setup in the river.
Yale juniors Marlena Fauer and Eugenia Custo Greig finished fourth overall in the 18-boat fleet, just four points out of second. Custo Greig was able to contribute her knowledge of the Cooper River from last weekend when she raced there with the Yale coed sailing team. She and Fauer finished in the top five in half of this weekend's races.
Senior Emily Billing and junior Amanda Salvesen finished sixth overall with seven top-five finishes of their own. Billing reported that she and Salvesen just "had to work hard to get off the line in a conservative spot and fight back when we fell behind."
After Saturday's races the Bulldogs were only three points off the lead. The No. 7 College of Charleston Cougars and the No. 6 Georgetown University Hoyas were tied for first after day one, but it seems that moving the race course out into the river played into the hands of the Cougars who practice in strong current regularly. The home team jumped out to a twenty-point lead by the end of the regatta, but the Bulldogs managed to surpass the Hoyas to take second.
The Bulldogs now return to New Haven for their last week of classes before spring break. They will practice at home on Tuesday in preparation for the Navy Women's Interconference Regatta which will take place in Annapolis, Md., next weekend. After that, spring training kicks into full gear for the Bulldogs who will spend the first week of their spring break training in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Report filed by Chris Segerblom '14, Yale Sports Publicity