No. 13 Women's Sailing Earns Berth to ACCs
Cambridge, Mass.—(11/4/13)—The 13th ranked women's sailing team finished 10th at the New England Women's Fall Championship for the Victorian Coffee Urn, which earned the team a berth to the Women's Atlantic Coast Championship. This will be the Bears' second appearance in four years at Women's ACCs, an event that the top-18 teams from the Atlantic Coast will participate in.
After no racing due to lack of breeze on Saturday, the competitors were greeted with cold temperatures, drizzling rain, and fickle wind from the North to start the day on Sunday. Coast Guard, who have been ranked within the top-6 in New England for the entire season and in the top-15 in the country for the past month, got off to a slow start as they tried to figure out the unpredictable and trying conditions. At mid-day they found themselves in an unprecedented 16th place but still within striking distance of a qualifying position.
As the breeze started to taper, the Bears knew the regatta would be ending with fewer races than expected. With a bit of a more aggressive approach, knowing their fate was in their hands, Coast Guard closed strong in the last four races of the regatta to secure a berth to the Championship.
In A-Division, Devon Rohde, Kayla Ellis, and Jaimie Chicoine finished 13th with 79 points. Lauren Cefali, Nikole Barnes, and Justine Morrison finished 7th with 63 points. The team combined for 142 points and 10th overall.
Navy won the Victorian Coffee Urn with 78 points. Dartmouth was 2nd with 86 and Boston College was 3rd with 99.
The Women's Atlantic Coast Championship will take place at Cornell University on November 16-17.