No. 1 Bulldogs To Begin Spring Season Early In Florida

Team Sending Talented Underclassman Squad

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – From September to November, the full length of the fall season, the Yale women's sailing team held on to its No. 1 national ranking.  The Buldogs did so in spite of remarkably unstable wind conditions which plagued many of the season's weekend regattas.  Numerous regattas were decided by merely four or six very light and variable races or were not decided at all due to too little or too much wind altogether.  Nonetheless, the Bulldogs found a way to perform consistently in the face of consistently challenging conditions and competition.  Now, after a three month offseason, the team is preparing to get back out on the water and try to pick up where it left off.  Four team members are headed to Tampa, Fla., this weekend to compete at the first women's intersectional of the spring season.    

Not only were the Bulldogs majorly successful in the fall, but it was more than just a few members of the team who seemed to make things click.  All skippers and crews, freshmen and upperclassmen alike, contributed hugely to keeping the team on top.  The best testament to this depth was the team's performance at the Women's Atlantic Coast Championship on the last weekend of the fall season.  Four different skippers and four different crews competed for Yale over the course of the 14-race event, their scores combined to bring home the victory.

Other highlights of the fall season included placing second and third at the NEISA Women's Singlehanded Championship, as well as at the ICSA Women's Singlehanded Nationals, and winning the Women's Navy Fall Intersectional in Annapolis, Md.  In all other regattas the team never finished outside of the top four.     

Three members from the victorious ACC team will be traveling to represent Yale at the intersectional in Florida this weekend.  Freshman Morgan Kiss will be skippering in A division with sophomore Amanda Salvesen as crew and freshman skipper Urska Kosir will have sophomore Anna Han as her crew in B division. 

Despite being all underclassmen, there is already a fair amount of experience on this squad, especially amongst the sophomore crews.  Han and Salvesen both helped last year's primarily underclassmen team make it to the Nationals, where they finished fifth.  Kiss and Kosir have only one season under their belts thus far, but that's more than they could claim in the fall when they both proved that they have what it takes to compete with the best.  Not to mention, Kiss was an ISAF Youth World Championship silver medalist and Kosir was a Laser 4.7 World Champion prior to coming to Yale. 

It has been a long winter without any sailing, but the break tends to be a rejuvenating experience for Yale sailors, who commit many hours each week to sailing while in season, both fall and spring.  The team hasn't gotten the opportunity to practice in 2012 yet, but most years it doesn't begin until spring break when it can flee from the cold north-east for two weeks to train in Florida.  This women's intersectional in Tampa is a bonus opportunity for some of the Bulldogs to refresh their boat-handling and racing mentality early.   

After this weekend, two weeks of classes will remain until the whole team will be heading to Florida for its annual spring break training trip.  You can follow this weekend's results on TechScore as the No. 1 Yale women's sailing team kicks off the 2012 spring season.

Report filed by Chris Segerblom '14, Yale Sports Publicity