No. 2 Bulldogs Finish Strong, Win Dellenbaugh

Claire Dennis and Heather May. (Photo by Lincoln Benedict)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The No. 2 Yale women's sailing team won the last six races of the Dellenbaugh Trophy at Brown on Sunday, boosting itself from fifth to first in the overall standings.  17 other schools competed in the regatta which consisted of 10 races in both A and B division.

Six races were completed in each division on Saturday in a shifty northwesterly wind.  The difficulty of the conditions is reflected by most competitors' results.  Only one team managed to avoid finishing outside of the top ten at some point in those first six races. 

Sunday, however, provided a relatively stable, southerly wind that built throughout the day and maxed out at about 18 knots.  Sophomore crew Katherine Gaumond partially attributes the Bulldogs' strong finish on Sunday afternoon to the increased wind velocity.  "Both of our boats had a clear speed advantage in the breeze," she said.        

Gaumond and senior skipper Claire Dennis finished second in B division after winning their last three races.  Similarly, Yale's A division boat, skippered by sophomore Morgan Kiss, won its last three races to finish second overall in the division.  Kiss sailed with sophomore crew Urska Kosir for races one through eight and then with junior crew Eugenia Custo Greig for the final set when the wind was strongest.

This was Yale's first regatta victory of the spring season, but it was also arguably the most competitive regatta so far.  Seven out of the top ten teams in the national rankings competed. 

Next weekend the Bulldogs will try to keep the ball rolling at the President's Trophy hosted by Boston University.   

Report filed by Chris Segerblom '14, Yale Sports Publicity       

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