First Place at the Women's Atlantic Coast Championship
Throggs Neck, N.Y. – After sailing consistently all season and maintaining its No. 1 national ranking, the Yale women's sailing team iced the cake this weekend at the Women's Atlantic Coast Championship. The Bulldogs came out strong on Saturday and were battling for the lead early. Going into Sunday they sat second overall, and from then on they sailed to victory.
The competition did not go down without a fight though. Yale claimed the Atlantic coast title by winning a tie-breaker over the University of Rhode Island Rams while the Dartmouth Big Green finished third, only one point behind. Such close final standings attest to the stiff competition that was present at this fall season's closing championship.
Just as it has been all season, the Bulldogs' success this weekend was the result of a full team effort. All eight Yale sailors that traveled with the team got to sail in the event, despite there only being two divisions. It was agreed prior to the start of racing that the Bulldogs' top four skippers would split time in their divisions between the two days.
In A division, junior Claire Dennis sailed in the eight races that were completed on Saturday and then sophomore Marlena Fauer took over on Sunday to finish the job. Freshman Kate Gaumond sailed with Dennis for most of Saturday while sophomore Eugenia Custo Greig sailed with Fauer. The combined scores of the two crew combinations earned the Bulldogs second place overall in A division.
In B division, sophomore Emily Billing skippered the first eight races and then freshman Morgan Kiss took the helm on Sunday. Sophomore crew Amanda Salvesen sailed all but the last two races of the regatta, for which sophomore Anna Han took her place. These four Bulldogs' scores added up to a fourth-place overall finish in B division.
It's not often that teams are able to change their entire line-up from one day to the next and still win a major championship regatta. Yale's success in doing this is an unquestionable testament to its depth and its confidence in each of its members.
Now that the Atlantic Coast Championship is set and done, the Bulldogs have officially entered their offseason. The team will venture out to its practice venue for one last time on Wednesday in order to pull out the docks and winterize the yacht club. After that, the only sailing related responsibility its team members will have to think about for three months is staying physically fit. For the athletes this means a significant amount of more free time in which they will be able to focus on the end of the semester academically, as well as be able to better take advantage of other opportunities on campus. However, you can be sure that, come late February, the women's sailing team will be yearning to return to the water. The strong fall season bodes exceptionally well for the spring season to come.
Report filed by Chris Segerblom '14, Yale Sports Publicity