No. 1 Bulldogs Prepare for Heavy Air

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

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The No. 1 Yale women's sailing team will remain in-state this weekend to compete at the Stu Nelson Trophy hosted by Connecticut College.  This will be the Bulldogs' last tune-up event prior to the Victorian Coffee Urn, which will take place next weekend.  The Victorian Urn serves as the qualifying event for the Women's Atlantic Coast Championship.

The Bulldogs have been on a hot streak of late and are looking to carry their momentum into this weekend's regatta.  They have won the past four double-handed dinghy regattas that they have entered and have yet to finish outside of the top three at any event this season. This has enabled them  to hold onto the No. 1 national ranking for three weeks straight. 

Seniors Marlena Fauer and Eugenia Custo Greig will be representing the Bulldogs in A division again this weekend.  They are fired up after finishing a mere point out of first in A division last weekend. 

Junior skipper Urska Kosir and sophomore crew Emily Johnson will race in B division.  This will be Kosir's first regatta in FJs since the beginning of the month.  She has spent the past three weeks focusing on singlehanded sailing in preparation for the nationals, which are scheduled for the second weekend of November. 

If forecasts are correct, the Bulldogs will need to break out their heavy foul weather gear this weekend.  Temperatures have cooled down significantly and winds are supposed to reach speeds of above 20 knots.           

Report filed by Chris Segerblom '14, Yale Sports Publicity