by Roger Wistar
Casey Klingler '14 and Christine Klingler '16 truly pulled off a sister act as they piloted one of two boats that secured the women's collegiate sailing championship for Yale in late May.
With Casey skipper of the A-Division boat for the entire 18-race series, and Christine as crew for eight of those races, the two sisters finished their division in third place, helping Yale win the overall title by nearly 30 points over runner-up Boston College.
The ICSA College Sailing Women's Nationals is a fleet race where each of the qualifying schools enters two boats, one in the A Division and one in the B Division. Each division included 18 races, with the team earning the aggregate low finishing total being crowned champion. All of the Klinglers' races were in the A-Division boat.
Although the sisters' first two races started off a bit rocky, with finishes in 12th and 15th place, the duo rallied to post six consecutive finishes in the top 10, with an average finish of 7th place. They finished first and second in their final two races.
The event was hosted in Charleston, SC on May 23-26, and was preceded by two regional semifinals also each containing 18 teams.
Casey earned an extra honor on June 4 when she was named an All-American women's skipper, one of only ten so named.