No. 3 Bulldogs Fight Mother Nature to Top Finishes

No. 3 Bulldogs Fight Mother Nature to Top Finishes

Bulldogs Finish First, Second and Fourth In Weekend's Regattas

CRANSTON, R.I.—The biggest foe of the No. 3 Yale coed sailing team this weekend was not the best teams in college sailing, but Mother Nature herself who once again limited the wind and hindered racing. This was particularly true at the Sherman Hoyt Trophy hosted by Brown where the Bulldogs finished second. Boston offered more wind on Saturday but a rather dismal Sunday but the Bulldogs were able to fight to a fourth place finish at the Oberg Trophy hosted by MIT and were also able to take home the win at the Boston College Invitational.

The race committee at the Sherman Hoyt Trophy at Brown described Saturday as "difficult." Racing was postponed until 1:00 p.m. due to lack of wind, but once the boats hit the water, the race committee was able to complete four races in each division in breeze of three to 10 knots that shifted a complete ninety degrees from west to north.

A Division was able to get on the water early on Sunday morning in a three to four knot northerly before the breeze shut off and forced the sailors back to land. B division headed out in the afternoon and was able to get in two races, with A division just getting the last race in before the 3:00 p.m. deadline in the zero to 10 knot southwest to north breeze.

Seniors skipper Joseph Morris and crew Isabel Elliman finished second in A division, a mere one point out of first place. They had five great races, including three wins, but had a tough race to finish off the regatta in some extremely difficult conditions.

Sophomore skipper Christopher Segerblom and junior crew Heather May finished fifth in B division, losing a tiebreaker for fourth and finishing only three points back of third. They too had many good races despite the minimal sailing but had a high scoring race at the end of the regatta that pushed them back a bit.

The Bulldogs finished three points back of Boston College in second. While the end of the regatta was frustrating, the Bulldogs managed to beat some very competitive teams including No. 1 Charleston who finished just behind the Bulldogs in third. With only six races, it is extremely difficult to remain completely consistent and one bad race can hurt the scores far more than in a regatta with more races.

The Bulldogs had good conditions on Saturday at the Oberg Trophy hosted by MIT in Cambridge, Mass. While the Charles offered its normal shifty and inconsistent conditions, the breeze was one of the most stable found in New England at seven to 12 knots out of the northwest. Ten races were completed in all three divisions.

Sunday proved to be more difficult as the breeze only held for one race each in B and C division.  After a postponement, A division was able to chase a breeze around the river and finally get a race off to even up the scores.

Freshman skipper Graham Landy and sophomore crew Amanda Salvesen finished fifth in A division, only two points out of third. They finished with six top fives, including one win in the last race on Saturday. Senior skipper Rob Struckett and sophomore crew Anna Han finished eighth in B division, just seven points out of fifth. They finished with three top fives. Sophomore skipper Max Nickbarg and senior crew Genoa Warner finished sixth in C division, garnering four top-five finishes.

The Bulldogs finished a combined fourth behind Tufts, Dartmouth and the University of Vermont. The Bulldogs exhibited their depth with the top finish as many teams are unable to compete consistently across three divisions.

Four freshmen captured the Boston College Invitational hosted by Boston College in Dorchester, Mass. The Bulldogs sailed ten races in combined divisions in 420s on Saturday but were unable to get any races in on Sunday.

Freshmen skipper Morgan Kiss and crew Katherine Gaumond won A division with four wins and eight top-five finishes. Freshmen skipper Urska Kosir and crew Sarah Smith finished second in B division with seven top fives.

Next weekend, the Bulldogs will look to qualify for the Atlantic Coast Championships with a top-eight finish at the Erwin Schell Trophy at MIT. The Bulldogs will also compete at the New England Frosh Championships at Connecticut College and host the Dave Perry Trophy at the McNay Family Sailing Center.

Report filed by Margot Benedict '12, Yale Sports Publicity