March 14, 2014

No. 1 Bulldogs Ready to Race After Spring Training

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – After a productive week of training in St. Petersburg, Fla., the No. 1 Yale women's sailing team will travel back to Maryland for the St. Mary's Women's Interconference Regatta this weekend.  The team is coming off of a big win at the Navy Women's regatta last weekend which boosted it to the top of the national rankings.

 

The Bulldogs have enjoyed warm temperatures and a variety of wind conditions during their training in Florida.  Joined by the Yale coed sailing team and University of South Florida sailing team, they were able to practice with a full fleet of 18 boats on the starting line.

 

This weekend there will be 18 teams at the St. Mary's regatta.  The event will be sailed in both FJs and a brand new fleet of Z420s—a new model of boat designed for collegiate racing that is much lighter weight.

 

Yale will send the same team to St. Mary's that it sent to the Navy women's last weekend.  Junior skipper Morgan Kiss and senior crew Amanda Salvesen will attempt to repeat their winning A division performance.  Seniors Marlena Fauer and Eugenia Custo Greig also sailed well at Navy, finishing third in B division, and are looking to carry that momentum forward.

 

Readapting to the colder weather up north could be a challenge for the Bulldogs, although temperatures are forecasted to reach the low 60s on Saturday.  The warmer weather on that day will bring winds out of the southwest.  However, temperatures are expected to drop significantly overnight and the Bulldogs will likely wake up to a moderate northeasterly breeze on Sunday.

 

Follow the team's results online using this link

 

Report filed by Chris Segerblom '14, Yale Sports Publicity

 

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