NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Women's Atlantic Coast Championship, being hosted by Connecticut College this weekend, will be the No. 1 Yale women's sailing team's last regatta of the fall season. The Bulldogs qualified for the championship by finishing second at New England's fall dinghy championship, the Victorian Coffee Urn, two weeks ago. Like the New England championship, the Atlantic Coast Championship will be raced in FJs on the Thames River in New London, Conn.
The Bulldogs have finished top three at every event that they have entered this season. They have held their No. 1 national ranking since the preseason and last weekend took third at the ICSA Women's Singlehanded Championship in Long Beach, Calif. This weekend they will attempt to put the finishing touch on this successful season by defending their Atlantic Coast Championship title.
Last year the Bulldogs showcased their depth by splitting competition time amongst eight different sailors over the course of the two day championship. Only one of those eight sailors was a senior, so seven of them will be returning to race this weekend.
The Yale team's strategy is to give each of its four skipper-crew combinations a day of racing. In A division, the sophomore duo of skipper Morgan Kiss and crew Urska Kosir will race on Saturday and then hand the reigns over to the junior duo of skipper Marlena Fauer and crew Eugenia Custo Greig for Sunday. In B division, senior skipper Claire Dennis will sail with sophomore crew Kate Gaumond on Saturday and then senior skipper Emily Billing will sail with junior crew Amanda Salvesen on Sunday.
This strategy not only worked for the Bulldogs at last year's Atlantic Coast Championship but it has been working for them all season. Having such depth has allowed for the Yale women's sailing team to enter more regattas on the weekends, thereby allowing each of its sailors to gain experience at a wider variety of racing venues.
The Bulldogs hope that this northeasterly storm passes so that they can get back out on the water for a good day of practice on Friday in preparation for this weekend's championship. After Sunday, the sailing team will enjoy close to three months off from practice and competition before the 2013 spring season begins.
Report filed by Chris Segerblom '14, Yale Sports Publicity