Bulldogs Qualify for Atlantic Coast Championship

Dennis and Benedict flatten out of a roll tack during a day of practice in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Dennis and Benedict flatten out of a roll tack during a day of practice in St. Petersburg, Fla.

NEW LONDON, Conn. – The No. 1 Yale women's sailing team finished second at the Victorian Coffee Urn, which was hosted by Connecticut College this past weekend.  This finish earned the team one of seven New England berths to the Women's Atlantic Coast Championship, which will take place on November 10th and 11th.  Like the Urn, the championship will be raced on the Thames River in New London, Conn.

Nine races were completed in both A and B division at the Urn, but most of the racing took place on Sunday.  4 races in A division and only 2 races in B division were completed on Saturday due to the wind often being weaker than the river current.  Racing started earlier than usual on Sunday in order to make up for the lost time.  

Sophomores Morgan Kiss and Urska Kosir sailed in A division for the Bulldogs.  They tied for first place in the division with 33 points.  After winning the first two races of the regatta, Kiss and Kosir went on to finish all but two races in the top four. 

Juniors Marlena Fauer and Eugenia Custo Greig sailed in B division for the Bulldogs.  Unfortunately, they were disqualified from race seven after losing a post-race protest hearing.  Race seven had been a third place finish for Fauer and Custo Greig, but the disqualification added 16 points to that score.  This bumped the Bulldogs back from second to eighth place in B division.

The disqualification did not affect the Bulldogs overall team finish though.  They finished second just ahead of the No. 2 Boston College Eagles and just behind the No. 3 Dartmouth Big Green. 

There are now officially only two weeks left in the women's sailing team's fall season.  However, the team's practice time may be cut even shorter due to the approaching hurricane.  All of the team's boats out at the McNay Family Sailing Center had to be derigged and locked away while the storm passes.  The Bulldogs hope to be able to get back on the water as early as Wednesday in order to practice for next weekend's ICSA Singlehanded National Championship and the following weekend's Atlantic Coast Championship. 

Report filed by Chris Segerblom '14, Yale Sports Publicity