NEW HAVEN, Conn. – After falling to No. 2 in the latest national rankings, the Yale women's sailing team heads to Tufts University this weekend for the Duplin Trophy, the only women's team race regatta of the year.
All other collegiate women's regattas are sailed in a fleet racing format where boats from different schools race each other all at once; however, this weekend schools will send teams of three boats each and those teams will race each other one-at-a-time in a round-robin format. Yale's three boats will have to work together to score fewer total points than their opponents. One boat finishing first is worthless if her teammates are too far behind.
Although there is no national team racing championship for women, there is a coed national team racing championship which the Yale coed sailing team hopes to qualify for. In helping the coed team practice, the Yale's women's sailing team has gained a large amount of team racing experience. Not to mention, there are some female Bulldogs that compete with both teams.
The Bulldogs' team for this weekend will consist of senior skipper Claire Dennis, junior skipper Marlena Fauer, sophomore crew Morgan Kiss, sophomore crew Katherine Gaumond, sophomore crew Urska Kosir and freshman crew Emily Johnson.
These sailors will not only be racing against the other teams at the Duplin Trophy, but also against the ever-challenging wind conditions on Mystic Lake in Medford, Mass., where Tufts sails. The lake is no more than one mile wide at its widest point, meaning that no matter where the wind comes from it is hardly ever steady.
Also, Tufts is the only school in the nation that does not sail 420s or FJs. The Jumbos use 'Larks' which are relatively light-weight and have greater sail area, making them significantly more powered up.
The combination of a different style of racing and unusual boats calls for an overall extraordinary upcoming weekend for the Bulldogs. After the past four days of rest, they plan to return to Yale to practice on Friday before traveling to Tufts early on Saturday morning.
Report filed by Chris Segerblom '14, Yale Sports Publicity