NEWPORT, R.I. - The ICSA Women's Singlehanded Nationals concluded on Sunday after 18 races in strong winds. Junior Urska Kosir, representing the No. 1 Yale women's sailing team, finished 15th at the event.
Long and tiring days tested the competitors both physically and mentally. Racing began on Friday morning and continued until Sunday afternoon with six races completed on each day.
The heavy-air conditions were a disadvantage for Kosir who was much smaller than most of her competition. Her best finishes came on Saturday—day two of the regatta—when the wind was lightest. However, even on that day the puffs exceeded 16 knots.
Many competitors capsized while racing due to the overpowering winds, including Kosir. In race four she was unable to recover after flipping over and could not finish the race.
Nevertheless, Kosir did not give up. After her race four wipeout, she got back up and managed to finish the first day with one of her best races of the regatta.
Erika Reineke, a Boston College sophomore and experienced laser radial sailor, defended her national title over the weekend. She demonstrated superior laser radial boathandling and fitness, winning nine out of 18 races. In the only race that she did not finish in the top five she was disqualified when another competitor protested her for a rules infraction.
Reineke is one the country's top Olympic prospects in the women's singlehanded discipline. Prior to college she trained with the 2012 Olympic representative in the laser radial and now she is training to qualify herself for the 2016 Games in Brazil.
Full results from the nationals can be found here.
Report filed by Chris Segerblom '14, Yale Sports Publicity