Women's Sailing Finishes 9th at Yale Inter-Conference Regatta

Talia Toland skippered Tufts' A dinghy to four top-three finishes

BRANFORD, CT – Tufts' A division pair of sophomore skipper Talia Toland with senior crew Taylor Hart finished fifth and the Jumbos placed ninth overall at the Yale Inter-sectional over the weekend.

Races were held only on Saturday due to a strong wind on Sunday that was deemed too dangerous. Saturday's action was completed in beautiful fall Long Island Sound conditions. The day started with overcast skies with the wind at 15 knots from the SSW with fantastic waves. As the first races were sailed, the breeze diminished a bit and shifted right with clearing skies. As the clouds moved out the breeze moved back left and built back to 15 knots with large waves, some very steep. Later in the afternoon as the sun was going down the breeze moved west again and began to diminish. The final B race was started in 5-10 knots, but by the last downwind leg it was between 2-6 with left-over large waves.

Ten races were sailed in two divisions. The Jumbos compiled finishes totaling to 55 in A's and 84 in B's for a 139 final score. They were three behind eighth-place Boston University (136) and 15 ahead of 10th-place Coast Guard (154).

Host Yale won the regatta with 51 in A and 27 in B for a 78 final.

Toland and Hart won the 10th and final race in the A division, while also posting seconds in the second and third starts, and a third in the fifth race.

For B's, junior Charlotte Lenz skippered all 10 races for Tufts. Senior Sabrina Van Mell crewed the first through eighth races and sophomore Marly Hillman was on board for the ninth and 10th. Lenz and Hillman finished fourth in the 10th start for the team's best finish.

On Sunday racers were sent home at noon as gusts were peaking into the 30's. The central sound buoy was averaging 30 knots and gusts were averaging 40knots.