March 18, 2013

No. 1 Bulldogs Finish Fourth Again

ST. MARY'S CITY, Md. – The No. 1 Yale women's sailing team finished fourth overall at the St. Mary's Women's Regatta this past weekend.  Seventeen teams competed in the event and thirteen races were sailed per division in a two-division format.  Both divisions were able to race simultaneously, one in 420s and the other in FJs, thanks to the St. Mary's College of Maryland Seahawks' large fleet of boats.  Challenging wind conditions were the only impediment to completing a full seventeen-race rotation.

According to Yale sophomore skipper Morgan Kiss, day one of the regatta was sailed in a "strange" easterly breeze and day two was "really puffy and shifty" from the north.  However, Kiss and her crew, sophomore Urska Kosir, managed to remain relatively consistent over the course of regatta and ultimately finished third in A division.  The sophomore duo put up six top-five finishes in their spring season debut. 

The Bulldogs' other boat was sailed by junior skipper Marlena Fauer and junior crew Eugenia Custo Greig who finished fifth in B division.  This was the second consecutive weekend at St. Mary's for both Fauer and Custo Greig.  Both sailed with the Yale coed sailing team last weekend at the St. Mary's Team Race where they also finished fourth.

No. 6 Boston College, No. 4 Georgetown and No. 5 St. Mary's finished first, second and third, respectively, this past weekend.  The Boston College Eagles were lead to victory by two freshmen who won B division by 52 points. 

The Bulldogs now have a four-day break from sailing.  They will return to Yale on Friday for a day of practice prior to the Duplin Trophy Team Race Regatta next weekend at Tufts University.  The Duplin is the only women's team race regatta of the year and last year the Bulldogs finished second. 

Coaches William Healy and Zachary Leonard '89 hope that this week's break will give the team a chance to recharge in preparation for the last five weeks of the regular season.

Report filed by Chris Segerblom '14, Yale Sports Publicity

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