September 23, 2012

Third Regatta of the Season, Bulldogs Finish Third

BOSTON, Mass. – This past weekend the No. 1 Yale women's sailing team finished third place overall at the Women's Regis Bowl Regatta hosted by Boston University.  While the unranked Roger Williams Hawks won the event and the No. 12 Tufts Jumbos took second, Yale managed to finish just ahead of the No. 2 Dartmouth Big Green and four spots ahead of the No. 3 Brown Bears. 

In just the second regatta of their college careers, freshmen Marly Isler and Emily Johnson finished fifth place in B division.  Out of the twelve races sailed over the course of the weekend, the young duo finished top five in seven of them. Unfortunately, they were disqualified from race number five after a protest hearing regarding a rules situation with another boat.  The extra points they earned from that DSQ kept them out of fourth place in B division, however, it did not impact Yale's overall finish in the regatta. 

In A division, the slightly more experienced sophomore team of Morgan Kiss and Urska Kosir continued to post strong results for the Bulldogs.  They won a third of the weekend's races and only finished outside of the top five twice.  After battling closely with the Roger Williams A division boat all weekend, Kiss and Kosir managed to slip past the Hawks in their last set of races to take first-place honors in A division.

Eight out of the 12 races in each division were sailed on Sunday due to winds being light and from the south-southeast on Saturday.  On Sunday, winds blew from the west at five to 12 knots, but "with their share of drastic left and right hand shifts," as noted in the official regatta report.  Fortunately, Yale was not one of the several teams to capsize in the puffy conditions.

Next weekend a large pack of Bulldogs will head to New London, Conn., to compete in two different events, both hosted by Connecticut College.  Kosir, as well as seniors Emily Billing and Claire Dennis, will compete at the New England Women's Singlehanded Championship in laser radials where they will try to qualify for the ICSA Women's Singlehanded Nationals. 

In addition, at least four other Bulldog sailors will race at the Connecticut College Women's Invitational in FJs.  They will look to learn as much as possible from this event because the Women's Atlantic Coast Championship is scheduled to be sailed in the same place at the end of the fall season.

Report filed by Chris Segerblom '14, Yale Sports Publicity