No. 1 Bulldogs Qualify for ACCs

Fauer and Custo Greig

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The No. 1 Yale women's sailing team overcame challenging conditions on the Charles River this weekend to finish fourth at the Victorian Coffee Urn.  This result qualifies the Bulldogs for the Atlantic Coast Championships which will be hosted by Cornell in Ithaca, N.Y., on Nov. 16 and 17. 

No racing took place at the Victorian Urn on Sunday due to lack of wind.  Instead, competitors paddled their boats across the Charles River to watch the Red Sox' World Championship Victory Parade. 

Temperatures dropped significantly overnight and competitors returned to the Harvard boathouse on Sunday to cold and rainy conditions.  However, there was at least wind to race in. 

Seven races in both A and B division were completed in an unstable northerly wind ranging between 5 and 10 knots.  The Bulldogs got off to a somewhat slow start with two tough races in each division during the first set.  However, they bounced back and climbed to fourth overall by the end of the day, just one point out of third.

Seniors Marlena Fauer and Eugenia Custo Greig led the way for the Bulldogs, winning B division by 13 points.

Fauer reported that "[the racing] was really tricky, but what was most important was connecting the big picture pressure."  Focusing on finding the most wind on the race course helped the Yale seniors finish top three in five out of seven races. 

In A division, junior skipper Morgan Kiss and senior crew Amanda Salvesen also found a way to stay relatively consistent in the difficult wind conditions.  They only finished outside of the top ten once.

The Bulldogs now have two weeks to prepare for the Women's Atlantic Coast Championships.  Most of the team will use next weekend for some extra 420 practice while junior Urska Kosir competes at the ICSA Women's Singlehanded Championship in Newport, R.I.

Report filed by Chris Segerblom '14, Yale Sports Publicity