No. 1 Bulldogs to Face Competitive Fleet at Wick Trophy
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The No. 1 Yale women's sailing team will race at the Emily Wick Trophy hosted by the US Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn., this weekend. Racing will take place on the Thames River in both FJs and 420s. All but four of the top 15 teams in the nation will be in attendance.
The Bulldogs have been incredibly consistent this season. They have taken first at all but one regatta so far, keeping them at the top of the national rankings. However, last weekend they finished second to the MIT Engineers who will also be at the Emily Wick Trophy.
Last year the Bulldogs won the Wick Trophy by a commanding margin in challenging conditions. The Thames River is known for being a difficult racing venue because the current tends to be quite strong and the wind velocity tends to change constantly. If the wind comes from the west as forecasted, it will be particularly unstable due to adverse land effects.
Yale will send nearly the same team that it sent to the Dellenbaugh Trophy last weekend. Junior Morgan Kiss and senior Amanda Salvesen will represent the Bulldogs in A division while senior Marlena Fauer skippers their B division boat.
The only change will be made to the B division crew position. Senior Eugenia Custo Greig, who usually sails with Fauer, will be racing with the coed sailing team this weekend at its qualifier for the ICSA Team Racing Nationals. That event will actually be taking place just down the river from the Wick Trophy, at Connecticut College. Freshman crew Natalya Doris will be substituting for Custo Greig at the Wick.
Doris, who usually competes with the coed team, said that she is "excited to race with the women's team." She also added that she looks forward to working more closely with assistant coach William Healy who coaching the women's team this weekend.
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Report filed by Chris Segerblom '14, Yale Sports Publicity