October 27, 2013

No. 1 Bulldogs Come Through in the Clutch

NEW LONDON, Conn. – The No. 1 Yale women's sailing team pulled off a come-from-behind victory at the Stu Nelson Trophy this weekend.  Yale's B division boat won the last two races of the regatta to keep the team's winning streak alive. 

Day one of the Stu Nelson was windy with gusts exceeding speeds of 20 knots.  Many teams capsized but the Bulldogs managed to keep their boats upright.  After eight races in A division and six in B, they sat third in the overall standings, 32 points out of first.

Sunday brought quite different conditions from Saturday.  While remaining upright had been the challenge on Saturday, keeping the boat moving forward in light winds and strong currents was the challenge on Sunday. 

According to junior skipper Urska Kosir, "it was very tricky and hard to consider both pressure and current." 

However, Kosir evidently figured out the "tricky" conditions by the end of Sunday.  She and sophomore crew Emily Johnson won both races in their last set of the day to boost the Bulldogs to first in the overall standings.  Kosir attributes this success to good starts and superior boat speed which got them to the best wind first.

Seniors Marlena Fauer and Eugenia Custo Greig also overcame the challenging conditions to finish third in A division.

With five consecutive wins under their belts now, the Bulldogs should feel ready for the Atlantic Coast Championship qualifiers next weekend.  The top eight teams at the Victorian Coffee Urn will qualify to race in what promises to be the coldest and most competitive regatta of the season, at Cornell in the middle of November.

Report filed by Chris Segerblom '14, Yale Sports Publicity