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No. 1 Bulldogs Take Fourth in Another Light-air Series

Emily Billing and Margot Benedict.
Emily Billing and Margot Benedict.

BOSTON, Mass. – Light winds plagued most of the eastern seaboard this weekend and the Charles River in Boston was no exception; however, the fourteen total races completed at the Women's Regis Bowl at Boston University seems a lucky sum in comparison to the coed regatta in New Hampshire that was never able to complete a single race.  At the Regis Bowl, the No. 1 Yale women's sailing team battled through the light and shifty conditions to finish fourth-place overall.

"We just tried to stay consistent," said freshman skipper Morgan Kiss, who sailed B division for the Bulldogs.  Consistency is the recipe for success that all teams strive to produce, but it is especially easier said than done when the conditions are so variable and the sailors have to wait so long between races for wind.  Nonetheless, Kiss and her senior crew, team captain Margot Benedict, managed to finish with all single-digit scores and take fourth-place in their division. This being Kiss' first time sailing on the Charles River, she claims that she was grateful to have Benedict in the boat with her to "help keep the conditions in perspective". 

Sailing Yale's other boat, in A division, were junior skipper Emily Billing and sophomore crew Anna Han.  Billing and Han fell victim to the wrong side of the shifts in two of the seven races, however, the four top-three finishes that they had were big in helping them to secure sixth-place in their division, just four points out of third. 

With just four races in each division last weekend at the Mrs. Hurst Bowl and just three more each this weekend at the Regis Bowl; the Bulldogs continue to hope for better conditions at the next event.  As for the next event, next weekend's women's regatta is to be the New England Women's Singlehanded Championship, hosted by Yale.  At this event, female sailors from across the New England district will be competing to qualify for the ICSA Women's Singlehanded National Championship which is scheduled for the first weekend of November, in Chicago.  Yale has two sailors hoping to return to the singlehanded championships this year, including Billing who finished fourth at the nationals last year and junior Claire Dennis who is the defending national champion

Report filed by Chris Segerblom '14, Yale Sports Publicity