St. Mary's City, Md. – The No. 1 Yale women's sailing team dominated the St. Mary's Women's Inter-conference Regatta this past weekend, winning by 56 points. This victory follows a long week of training that the team did down in St. Petersburg, Fla., last week.
The Bulldogs took the lead after the first two races of the regatta and never looked back. They won three of the first four races sailed and proceeded to finish top-five in more than half of the remaining races.
According to the event organizer, "[Saturday] was a beautiful day on the St. Mary's River". Competitors experienced warm temperatures and a relatively steady breeze that clocked to the west early on. After Saturday's ten races, the Bulldogs had established a 29 point lead over the No. 3 Dartmouth Big Green.
Sunday's conditions were quite different. Temperatures dropped nearly 30 degrees overnight and the wind shifted to the northeast—a much less stable direction. However, the tougher conditions did not phase the Bulldogs. They nearly doubled the size of their lead in the eight races completed on Sunday.
Yale's B division boat, sailed by junior skipper Morgan Kiss and senior crew Amanda Salvesen, had a particularly impressive performance. Kiss and Salvesen finished outside of the top ten only once during the entire regatta and won B division by 58 points.
Seniors Marlena Fauer and Eugenia Custo Greig also sailed well in A division, which tends to be the most-competitive of the two divisions. Eight top-five finishes helped the senior duo to finish third in A division, just two points out of second.
After sailing eight of the past nine days, the Bulldogs will now take a few days of their spring break to relax before returning to competition next weekend.
Report filed by Chris Segerblom '14, Yale Sports Publicity