CAMBRIDGE, Mass.--The women's sailing team capped off the regular season with a third place finish at the NEISA Women's Fall Championship for the Victorian Coffee Urn. Coast Guard, along with seven other New England teams, will advance to the Women's Atlantic Coast Championship where they will look to defend their 2016 title.
On Saturday, the race committee ran ten races per division in a shifty and puffy southwesterly breeze that ranged from 5-12 knots. The conditions provided for exciting and tight racing between the field of sixteen teams from across New England. The Bears found themselves in 7th place after day one, and in a close battle with several other teams.
Despite a promising forecast, the conditions to start Sunday's racing were not ideal. A very inconsistent wind that ranged from 2-8 knots produced giant holes on the racecourse that were often unavoidable. After the first set, however, things improved drastically when an easterly filled across the racecourse.
The unpredictable conditions at the beginning of the day kept the scoreboard tight. The Bears were then able to make a swift climb up the leaderboard during the final four races per division, and passed Dartmouth College on the final race, to finish third overall.
Dana Rohde and Maddie Ekin won A-Division with a total of 61 points. They finished either 1st or 2nd in eleven out of the sixteen races sailed. In B-Division, Madelynn Widmeier and Anna Morin finished 12th with 160 points. The team's combined 221 points put them in third place overall.
Yale University won the 2017 Victorian Coffee Urn with 122 points. Boston College was second with 177 points. Along with Yale, Boston College, and Coast Guard, Dartmouth College, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Brown University, Northeastern University and Connecticut College will advance to the Women's Atlantic Coast Championship on November 11-12 at Connecticut College.