Bulldogs Counting Down the Regular Season

Claire Dennis and Heather May. (Photo by Chris Love, Sailgroove)
Claire Dennis and Heather May. (Photo by Chris Love, Sailgroove)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Three weekends remain in the No. 3 Yale women's sailing team's regular spring season.  This weekend the Bulldogs will head to Boston, Mass., to race in the 44th Women's President's Interconference Regatta.  The regatta will be hosted by Boston University with racing taking place on the Charles River, in FJs.

The women's sailing team has yet to race in a major intersectional on the Charles this spring, but during the fall season the team finished in the top five at all three of the events it competed in there.  At the Regis Bowl, hosted by Boston University in late September, freshman skipper Morgan Kiss took her first stab at managing the shifty winds that the Charles River is known for.  With less than three weeks of college sailing experience at that point, she finished a very respectable fourth in B division. 

Six months and many practices and regattas later, Kiss will be returning to Boston University's venue to represent the Bulldogs in B division once again.  She will be teamed up with sophomore crew Amanda Salvesen, for whom this will actually be the second weekend in a row of racing at BU.  Salvesen is the only change to Yale's lineup from last weekend when the Bulldogs took third at the Dellenbaugh Regatta, hosted by Brown University. 

Returning to sail Yale's A division boat will be sophomore skipper Marlena Fauer and sophomore crew Eugenia Custo Greig.  These sophomores sailed to victory in A division last weekend at the Dellenbaugh and are looking to have a repeat performance this weekend. 

When asked what the key to success would be for this weekend, Custo Greig jokingly responded, "Marlena is my key to success."  Fauer, sitting directly across from Custo Greig, quickly followed up by saying, "'Euge' is my key to success."  While these responses were mostly a lighthearted strategy for getting rid of a nosy reporter, one could sense something earnest in their voices.  Custo Greig and Fauer have been regularly sailing together for nearly two years now and there is no question that their success has been positively correlated with their confidence in one another.

After this weekend, only two weeks of practice and one regatta will remain before the Women's New England Championship.  The New England Championship, which will also be raced in Boston but not on the Charles River, is the first step in qualifying for the ICSA Women's National Championship that will take place in June. 

Report filed by Chris Segerblom '14, Yale Sports Publicity