PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The No. 1 Yale women's sailing team took second this weekend at the Dellenbaugh Trophy hosted by Brown University. It was a competitive event with eight of the top-10 teams in the nation present. Racing took place in cold, wet and challenging conditions all weekend long.
Saturday saw five to 12 knots of wind from the northeast and lots of current, according to the official regatta report. The Bulldogs stood second in the standings at the end of day one, 19 points behind the No. 5 MIT Engineers.
Sunday's wind blew from a similar direction but with greater strength—10 to 15 knots. Ten more races were completed on day two for a total of 12 in each division on the weekend.
When asked to comment on the racing, senior skipper Marlena Fauer said "the key was to get a good start so that you could hold all the way to the top left pressure." Boats that were forced to tack early after the start would fall behind because of the race course's left bias.
Fauer, along with senior crew Eugenia Custo Greig, finished third in B division this weekend. The two seniors finished in the top five in more than half of their races.
Unfortunately, third in both divisions was not good enough to beat the Engineers who finished first in both divisions. The Engineers ended the Bulldogs' season-long winning streak.
Next weekend the Bulldogs will race at the US Coast Guard Academy. They have three more weeks of practice before the Women's New England Championship.
Report filed by Chris Segerblom '14, Yale Sports Publicity