BOSTON, Mass. – Over the weekend, junior Urska Kosir of the No. 1 Yale women's sailing team finished third at the Women's New England Singlehanded Championship. This result earned her a berth to the ICSA Women's Singlehanded Nationals which will take place in Newport, R.I., in November.
13 races were sailed in a variety of conditions at the New England Championship. On Saturday, the southerly sea breeze competed with a frontal, northerly flow all day. The wind never exceeded five knots in any of the first five races. On Sunday, the frontal breeze prevailed throughout the morning, providing competitors with 14 knots of wind from the northeast for the first three races. As the day progressed, the wind shifted to the south and weakened, but five more races were still completed.
Kosir excelled in the light air. She finished second or third in all but one of the races that were sailed in less than 10 knots of wind. Her smaller physical size put her at a disadvantage in the windy races on Sunday morning, but as the wind died, she found her groove again.
This year, the top six New England Championship finishers were granted tickets to the nationals. Along with Kosir, representatives from Boston College, Brown, the Coast Guard Academy, and MIT will compete on the national stage one month from now.
Kosir will spend the next month continuing to hone her skills in the laser radial while also competing in doublehanded dinghies. Next weekend the Bulldogs will send a team to the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., for a regatta in both FJs and 420s.
Report filed by Chris Segerblom '14, Yale Sports Publicity