NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The No. 1 Yale women's sailing team will compete for the Emily Wick and Sloop Shrew Trophies this weekend at its last regatta before the championship season begins. The Wick/Shrew, as the regatta is known, will be hosted by the US Coast Guard Academy and sailed on the Thames River in New London, Conn.
As the season has progressed, the Bulldogs have gathered some very positive momentum. Their decisive victory at the President's Trophy last weekend increased their winning streak to three consecutive regattas. They hope to maintain this momentum this weekend and carry it into next week's Women's New England Championship.
Sophomores Morgan Kiss and Urska Kosir, who were instrumental in Yale's victory two weeks ago at the Dellenbaugh Trophy, will compete in A division for the Bulldogs. So far this spring, Kiss and Kosir have finished top three in A division at every regatta that they have raced in together.
After racing with the coed sailing team during the past two weekends, junior skipper Marlena Fauer will return to the women's circuit this weekend to represent the Bulldogs in B division. She will be teamed up with sophomore crew Katherine Gaumond. Fauer and Gaumond have not competed together yet this season, however, neither sailor has finished worse than fifth in their division at any event this season.
Weather forecasts suggest that the Bulldogs will once again be faced with shifty winds this weekend. Predominantly west winds are predicted for both Saturday and Sunday, meaning puffs will be dropping onto the race course from the Coast Guard Academy hillside. Although challenging, racing in a cross-river breeze on the Thames River should help the Bulldogs to prepare for racing on Mystic Lake at the New England Championship next weekend.
Competitors are scheduled to report in New London at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday morning. The Coast Guard Academy's large fleet of dinghies will enable A and B race simultaneously, so many races should be completed. Results can be followed online using this link.
Report filed by Chris Segerblom '14, Yale Sports Publicity