October 14, 2013

No. 1 Bulldogs Win Biggest Regatta of the Fall

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – The No. 1 Yale women's sailing team continued its winning streak this past weekend with a victory at the Women's Navy Fall Regatta, hosted by the US Naval Academy.  After 18 races, the Bulldogs finished 72 points ahead of second place. 

On Saturday, 10 races were sailed in all three divisions before 4 P.M. when the wind died.  The Bulldogs finished the day with a 47 point lead and returned on Sunday to add to that.  Both days saw lots of rain and six to 12 knots of breeze from the northeast.

Yale's victory was led by junior skipper Morgan Kiss and senior crew Amanda Salvesen who won A division by 12 points.  They won seven out of 18 races and only finished outside of the top 10 twice. 

Seniors Marlena Fauer and Eugenia Custo Greig also posted strong scores to finish third in B division, only three points out of second.  They had 11 top-five finishes on the weekend.

In C division, junior Urska Kosir continued to excel in the laser radial and would have won the division had it not been for a disqualification in race 15.  She was disqualified after a Stanford sailor protested her for hitting the windward mark.  Interestingly, it could not be proved that Kosir hit the mark and therefore she was not penalized for that.  Instead, the jury concluded during the hearing that Kosir "tacked too close" to another competitor while sailing around the mark. This resulted in an unexpected penalty which knocked Kosir back to fourth place.  Nonetheless, she still finished only nine points out of first.

The three-division format of the Navy Fall Regatta is unique.  No other regatta in the fall season requires teams to field as many competitors as this one which attests to the depth of Yale's roster. 

With only two weeks left before the Atlantic Coast Championship qualifiers, the Bulldogs will look to continue their momentum next weekend at the Stu Nelson Trophy.

Report filed by Chris Segerblom '14, Yale Sports Publicity      

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