March 28, 2013

No. 2 Bulldogs Return to Fleet Racing

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – After winning the Duplin Trophy Team Race last weekend, the No. 2 Yale women's sailing team will return to fleet racing this weekend at the Dellenbaugh Trophy, hosted by Brown. The longer days and recent nice weather have helped the Bulldogs to prepare by enabling them to get a series of productive, afternoon practice sessions this week. 

Last year, the Bulldogs finished third overall at the Dellenbaugh Trophy.  Strong currents and big changes in wind velocity made for challenging racing.  This year, weather forecasts call for moderate northwest winds on Saturday and stronger southerly winds on Easter Sunday.  Fortunately, the Bulldogs have had shifty northwesterly winds at practice recently, which closely simulate the unstable conditions that Brown's racing venue often offers.

Sophomore skipper Morgan Kiss, who sailed Yale's B division boat at the 2012 Dellenbaugh Trophy, will race in A division this year along with sophomore crew Urska Kosir.  Kiss and Kosir aided the Bulldogs to victory at the Duplin Trophy last weekend and finished second in A division at St. Mary's the previous weekend. 

Senior skipper Claire Dennis and sophomore crew Katherine Gaumond will represent the Bulldogs in B division.  They both contributed to Yale's Duplin Trophy win as well and together they finished fourth in A division at the Navy Spring Regatta earlier this season. 

After racing this weekend, only three weeks will remain prior to the Women's New England Championship.  The Bulldogs plan to use these next few weekends as preparation for "New Englands," which will be the first step in qualifying for the ICSA National Championship.   

Report filed by Chris Segerblom 2014, Yale Sports Publicity    

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