NEW HAVEN, Ct.--The women's sailing team grabbed their first victory of the fall season at the Yale Women's Interconference hosted by Yale University. After sitting in the third for most of the event, the Bears rallied late in the regatta to win the trophy.
Saturday's conditions were light and inconsistent for most of the morning. The race committee was able to complete five total races before sending the competitors to shore for a long delay. A southerly breeze eventually filled late in the afternoon, allowing the race committee to run an addtional five races. Despite the conditions, the Bears sailed consistently well, and positioned themselves among the top of the fleet and well within striking distance of the lead.
Eight races per division were sailed on Sunday in near perfect conditions with wind ranging from 8-15 knots with steady oscilations. The Coast Guard team excelled in these conditions, having a clear speed advantage over the rest of the field. After taking over the lead during race 11B they never looked back and won the event by eight points.
Dana Rohde and Maddie Ekin put on a stellar performance in A-Division, posting only 33 points - 42 better than the next boat in their division. The duo finished outside of the top-4 only once and won six of the thirteen races sailed. In B-Division, Madelynn Widmeier and Christina Nothacker also had several races in the top-4 on their way to a fifth place finish with 81 points.
Ekin and Rohde were named NEISA Women's Sailors of the Week for leading the Bears to an overall victory with 114 points. Second place Brown University finished with 122 points and third place Dartmouth College finished with 126 points.