PROVIDENCE, R.I. – In the final weekend before qualifiers begin, the No. 2 Yale coed sailing team placed second at the Sherman Hoyt Trophy hosted by Brown and sixth at the Oberg Trophy hosted by Harvard.
The Sherman Hoyt Trophy was the last major intersectional before New England Championships, the district qualifiers for Atlantic Coast Championships, the culmination of the fall season. Like the Hoyt Trophy, New England Championships will be sailed at Brown as well, so the Bulldogs used this weekend to gain as much knowledge as possible about the venue before qualifiers.
The weekend saw shifting velocity and direction throughout the days, with the breeze building up to 16 knots by the end of both Saturday and Sunday. Sophomore Graham Landy with crews senior Heather May and junior Chris Segerblom won A division. May attributed their success to versatility, "consistency had a big influence on results this weekend…adapting to the shifting conditions as well as the different velocities of breeze." As a crew she focused on "keeping her head out of the boat and looking for new opportunities to gain." In B division, senior Cameron Cullman and crew freshman crew Charlotte Belling sailed the first ten races while Segerblom, now as a skipper, and May sailed the final two. The team finished eighth in B division. The second-place overall finish bodes well for the Bulldogs as they head into qualifiers.
At the three-division Oberg Trophy, the Yale's team effort produced a sixth place finish. All divisions were sailed in Harvard and Boston University's fleets of FJ's. In A division, juniors skipper Marlena Fauer and crew Eugenia Custo Greig finished ninth. Junior skipper Max Nickbarg and sophomore crew Sarah Smith placed 11th in B division, losing a three-way tie for ninth. Sophomore skipper Morgan Kiss with freshman crew Marly Isler won C division by an impressive 15 points. The Charles River is infamous for its shifty conditions. Saturday saw an almost 180-degree shift around noon. Yet Bulldogs battled for consistency despite these difficult to predict conditions.
The Bulldogs now look forward to qualifiers. The New England Championships, the Erwin Schell Trophy, will be sailed at Brown. Teams will sail the New England Freshman Championships named the Nickerson Trophy and the Dave Perry Trophy as well.
Report filed by Katherine Gaumond '15, Yale Sports Publicity