No. 1 Bulldogs Extend Win Streak

Dennis and Gaumond at the Dellenbaugh Trophy (Rob Migliaccio).
Dennis and Gaumond at the Dellenbaugh Trophy (Rob Migliaccio).

NEW LONDON, Conn. – The No. 1 Yale women's sailing team increased its winning streak to four regattas this weekend by winning the Wick and Shrew Trophies on the Thames River.  55 points separated the Bulldogs and the No. 7 Tufts Jumbos who finished second overall. 

The wind direction varied drastically on both Saturday and Sunday of the regatta.  Races one through five in A division and one through four in B division were sailed in a shifty northwesterly.  The wind then died and shifted to the southwest for the final races on day one.  On Sunday the opposite trend played out with the wind starting out southwest and shifting to the northwest. 

A total of 14 races were completed in both A and B division.  Finishing top-five in 75 percent of those races helped Yale to win both divisions.

Sophomores Morgan Kiss and Urska Kosir won A division by 14 points.  They finished in the top three in five out of the last six races.

In B division, junior skipper Marlena Fauer and sophomore crew Katherine Gaumond finished 25 points ahead of the competition. 

"Starting was really key for us," said Fauer, "especially in a really shifty venue like at [the Coast Guard Academy] with lots of current." 

The Wick/Shrew Regatta marks the end of the Bulldogs' regular spring season.  They are now looking forward to the Women's New England Championship, which will be hosted by Tufts in Medford, Mass., next weekend.  "New Englands" is the first of two steps in qualifying for the ICSA Women's National Championship.

Report filed by Chris Segerblom '14, Yale Sports Publicity