NEW HAVEN, Conn. – After a full week of practice in sunny and windy St. Petersburg, Fla., the No. 1 Yale women's sailing team heads to St. Mary's College of Maryland this weekend for the St. Mary's Women's Interconference Regatta.
Three out of the four Bulldogs who finished second at this regatta last year will be returning to compete at it again this year. Sophomore skipper Morgan Kiss, who finished third in B division last year, will team up with sophomore crew Urska Kosir in A division this time. Meanwhile, juniors Marlena Fauer and Eugenia Custo Greig will represent the Bulldogs in B division.
This will be the third regatta of the Bulldogs' spring season, but it will be the first one for which they actually got to practice beforehand. The women's sailing team spent its first week of spring break training with several other schools down in St. Petersburg, Fla., where the nationals will be held in May. Each day they spent at least four hours on the water running boat-handling drills and practice races.
Except for brief thunderstorms on Tuesday, the weather was very cooperative with the Bulldogs' training plans and provided them with strong winds most of the week. The final two days were spent racing in between 10 and 20 knots of breeze with more than 30 boats on the starting line.
Kiss reported that she and her teammates "feel well-prepared after all the practice [they] were able to get this week."
Unfortunately Maryland is not likely to provide as warm of weather for the Bulldogs as Florida did, but they hope for at least good breeze. Current weekend forecasts are calling for winds in the seven-knot range amidst rain showers.
Follow the team's results online using this link.
Report filed by Chris Segerblom '14, Yale Sports Publicity