No. 1 Bulldogs Show Improvement Through the Weekend
BOSTON - The Yale coed sailing team sent three teams across the Northeast this weekend, placing 5th at the Hatch Brown Trophy hosted by MIT, 6th at the Nevin's Trophy hosted by King's Point and 13th at the Boston Harbor Invitational hosted by Boston College.
The Hatch Brown began on Saturday morning with 8-12 knots from the Northwest. The wind shifted farther North as the day went on, causing the Race Committee to have to sail Windward-Leeward courses six times around on the narrow Charles River. The Bulldogs were also forced to show versatility, switching between FJ's and Fireflies throughout the day. After the first day, the Bulldogs sat in 8th.
However, this event was the first regatta of the season for many of the Bulldogs and with one full racing under their belts, the Bulldogs were able to improve. McNay Family Director of Yale Sailing Zachary Leonard '89 said the team "won the day" on Sunday, meaning the team scored fewer points on that single day than any other team on the water. In an unstable breeze of 2-10 knots that was shifting over 60 degrees throughout races, the Bulldogs were able to climb up to 5th place. The event was truly a team effort in three divisions. Sophomore Graham Landy and senior crew Heather May placed 4th in A division. Senior Cameron Cullman and freshman crew Sanam Rastegar placed 5th in B division. C division was rounded out by sophomore team Morgan Kiss and Urska Kosir in 9th.
At the Nevin's Trophy host by US Merchant Marine Academy at King's Point, the Bulldogs fought strong winds to finish 6th at the competitive three division intersectional. With winds gusting up to 20 knots from the Northwest, the Bulldogs showed strong endurance throughout since all twelve races were sailed in heavy breeze without any off sets. After the first day, the Bulldogs were in 8th place. But again, Yale was able to show resilience and in only four races were able to climb to 6th by the end of Sunday. Junior Chris Segerblom with freshman crew Charlotte Belling finished 8th in A division. Junior team Marlena Fauer and Eugenia Custo Greig placed 5th in B division. In Lasers, junior Max Nickbarg placed 9th.
The team of freshmen Marly Isler and Emily Johnson and juniors Will Feldman and Marissa Pettit placed 13th at the Boston Harbor Invitation hosted by Boston College. As it was only the first regatta for Isler, Johnson and Petit, the Bulldogs expect the results to only go up as the team gains more experience throughout the fall.
Next weekend, Yale will be sending teams to the Hood Trophy hosted by Tufts University, the Chris Loder Trophy hosted by the University of New Hampshire and the Salt Pond Invitational hosted by the University of Rhode Island. The New England Men's Singlehanded Championship will also be hosted out of Boston College and will determine which New England sailors will earn berths to compete in the ICSA Singlehanded National Championship at the University of Southern California.
Report filed by Katherine Gaumond '15, Yale Sports Publicity