November 14, 2013

No. 2 Bulldogs Prepare for Season Finale

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The No. 2 Yale women's sailing team will travel to Cornell in Ithaca, N.Y., this weekend for the Atlantic Coast Championships.  This will be the Bulldogs' final regatta before they enter their three-month winter offseason.

This fall has been one of the Bulldogs' best seasons to date.  A five-week winning streak helped them hold on to the No. 1 national ranking for longer than any other team. 

The team is aware, however, that it had a similarly successful season last fall, only to fall short at the Atlantic Coast Championships.  They finished eighth after finishing in the top three at every previous regatta.

"We know that we have the skills as a team to win the regatta, it is just a matter of executing," said senior team captain Marlena Fauer.

She also noted that staying warm will be an important factor this weekend.  Racing at Cornell at this time of year has the potential to be extremely cold.  Fortunately though, current forecasts call for relatively warm temperatures reaching the mid-50s on both days.

Wind speeds are also predicted to be fairly moderate from the southeast all weekend. 

Fauer will skipper the Bulldogs' A division boat with senior Eugenia Custo Greig as crew.  The two seniors are coming off a strong performance at the ACCs qualifier two weeks ago where they won B division by 13 points.

Junior skipper Morgan Kiss and senior crew Amanda Salvesen will represent the Bulldogs in B division.  They have finished in the top two at all but one regatta this season.

Since Cornell only has one fleet of FJs, the divisions will not be able to race simultaneously.  But Fauer sees this as an advantage for the Bulldogs.  She said that offsets between races will better enable the team "to pass along information from the race course to each other."

Follow the results posted here as the Bulldogs work to finish the fall season strong.

Report filed by Chris Segerblom '14, Yale Sports Publicity    

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