ITHACA, N.Y. – The Yale women's sailing team's fall season came to an anticlimactic close this weekend. After holding the No. 1 national ranking for most of the season, the Bulldogs finished sixth at the Women's Atlantic Coast Championship hosted by Cornell.
Eleven races were sailed at the championship in a variety of conditions. An inconsistent southerly wind never exceeded eight knots on Saturday and caused numerous postponements. Sunday's wind was also southerly but stronger, ranging between 10 and 15 knots.
Racing took place on Cayuga Lake in Ithaca, N.Y., and according to Yale assistant coach Bill Healy, "it wasn't about speed at all." "It was all about hooking into the right path at the right time in the leg," he said. However, the Bulldogs tried to rely on the speed advantage that served them so well earlier in the season.
Senior crew Amanda Salvesen, on the other hand, attributed the team's struggles to recent lack of practice. Over the last few weeks leading up to the ACCs, the Bulldogs lost numerous practice days to lack of wind.
Whatever the reason for their relatively disappointing season finale, the Bulldogs will now take a three-month break from sailing. They will use the offseason to reflect on their fall strengths and weaknesses in order to prepare for the spring season, which is ultimately more important. The spring season concludes with the ICSA Women's National Championship.
Report filed by Chris Segerblom '14, Yale Sports Publicity