NEWPORT, R.I. - Freshman Mitchell Kiss placed fourth at the ICSA Men's Singlehanded National Championship hosted by Brown in Newport, R.I., this weekend. Teammate on the No. 1 Yale coed sailing team, freshman Ian Barrows, placed 11th.
Strong breezes and cold temperatures dominated the weekend, as the 18 best Laser sailors from across the country travelled to Newport, R.I. to compete in the national championship. Six races were sailed on Friday as the young Bulldogs struggled with consistency in the heavy wind. Both Barrows and Kiss sat in the bottom half of the fleet after this first afternoon of racing.
However, the duo showed dramatic improvement. Twelve more races were sailed throughout the weekend, and the Elis took advantage of those races to climb up in the standings. Barrows finished in the top-five in five of the twelve races sailed during the rest of the weekend, moving him up to 11th place at his college national championship debut, only ten points out of the top-half.
Kiss put on an extremely impressive turnaround performance as well, moving up to fourth place by the end of the 18 races. During the next twelve races, Kiss never again finished outside of the top-ten, and finished within the top-five seven times.
The future of Yale singlehanded sailing looks bright after these results, as only more improvement is expected out of these freshmen talents. In fact, College of Charleston was the only other school to qualify two sailors for this event.
Next weekend, Yale will wrap up its fall dinghy season with the Atlantic Coast Championship held at College of Charleston.
Report filed by Katherine Gaumond '15, Yale Sports Publicity