NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The No. 1 Yale women's sailing team has been the team to beat all season. It finished third at its first regatta back in early September and hasn't been defeated since. However, everything has been a warm-up until now. This weekend the Bulldogs will race to keep their nearly perfect season alive. They are headed to Cambridge to race for the Victorian Coffee Urn and one of eight New England berths to the Women's Atlantic Coast Championship.
During this event last year, the Bulldogs led in the overall standings after day one but were passed on day two by the Dartmouth Big Green. The Big Green went on to win the Atlantic Coast Championship and then the ICSA Women's National Championship in the spring.
If the Dartmouth team is to repeat last year's performance, however, it will have to beat a team of veteran Bulldogs to do so. Team members from all classes have been instrumental in Yale's success throughout the season, but this weekend the seniors and one junior will take the reins.
Junior skipper Morgan Kiss and senior crew Amanda Salvesen will lead off for the Bulldogs in A division. This duo has finished either first or second in their division at every regatta they have sailed together this season.
At the Women's Navy Fall Intersectional earlier in October, these two skipper-crew combinations led Yale to a dominant 73-point victory.
Recent lack of afternoon wind has plagued the Bulldogs practice routine a little over the past two weeks, but forecasts look good for the remainder of this week leading up to the Urn.
Racing results can be followed via this link.
Report filed by Chris Segerblom '14, Yale Sports Publicity