Team Looking to Start Spring Break Off Right
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – After a long off-season and surviving a particularly frozen New England winter, the Yale women's sailing team is looking forward to its first event of the spring, the Charleston Women's Intersectional to be held in Charleston, S.C. Not only does the chance for warm weather sound nice to the Bulldogs, but the opportunity to finally sail again has them licking their chops.
Freshman skipper Marlena Fauer, who started her collegiate sailing career off with a bang in the fall, says that she is "really excited to pick up from where [the team] left off at the end of the fall season". Those words are a testament to the fact that although the final regatta of the fall did not end quite as hoped, overall it was a strong season that bodes well for the spring.
Fauer will continue to sail with freshman crew Eugenia Custo Greig in B division for the Bulldogs while junior skipper Genoa Warner and junior crew Stephanie Schuyler represent Yale in A division. This team combination has proven itself as a force to be reckoned with on multiple previous occasions. They took third overall at the Regis Bowl in Boston in September and took first by a commanding 36-point margin at the Finger Lakes Women's Intersectional held in Geneva, N.Y., in October.
The Yale women hope to be able to hop into their boats at the College of Charleston and start right back up where they left off, but most importantly, as Fauer says very wisely herself, the regatta "will be a great tune up for the rest of the season". Getting back on the race course and finding their groove again in boat-handling, starting and tactics is the first step of the year towards achieving their ultimate goal of qualifying for the National Championship regatta to be held in May.
Immediately following racing in Charleston on Sunday the four Bulldogs will hop onto a plane and fly to St. Petersburg, Fla. There they will meet up with the rest of the Yale sailing team as well as a team from the University of South Florida for a week of intense spring break training under the Florida sun. Judging by remarks from a few team members, the entire Yale sailing team seems to have the right attitude going into its first weekend of the new season. This is particularly important seeing as the regatta in Charleston marks only the first two of a total of 11 days that the sailors plan to be on the water during the two-week spring break.
Report filed by Chris Segerblom '14, Yale Sports Publicity