March 23, 2014

No. 1 Bulldogs Return from Spring Break Undefeated

CHARLESTON, S.C. – The No. 1 Yale women's sailing team did it again this weekend. The Bulldogs won the Charleston Women's Inter-conference Regatta, extending their winning streak to three regattas.   

 

Saturday looked like it might come and go without any racing, but a light sea breeze eventually filled after lunch and eight races were completed in six to eight knots of wind.  At the end of day one, the Bulldogs trailed the home team—the No. 3 College of Charleston Cougars—by 20 points.

 

Sunday was also plagued by lack of wind so only three more races could be sailed.  Nonetheless, the Bulldogs made the most of what they were given and surpassed the Cougars in the final race of the regatta to take first. 

 

Yale was led, once again, by junior skipper Morgan Kiss and senior crew Amanda Salvesen.  Kiss and Salvesen won A division by 14 points after winning seven out of the 11 races sailed.

 

Salvesen attributes their recent success to strong communication.  "We've set up our roles in the boat," she said, "and gotten back into a good rhythm. 

 

Yale's B division boat was sailed by sophomore skipper Marly Isler and freshman crew Clara Robertson.  The two underclassmen sailed a strong regatta to finish fourth in B division, just four points out of third and 12 points out of first.

 

The Bulldogs are now headed back to New Haven to resume the semester after a two-week spring break.  They have set the bar high for themselves early in the season, but will continue working to improve with their next practice at home scheduled for Tuesday. 

 

Report filed by Chris Segerblom '14, Yale Sports Publicity          

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