ANNAPOLIS, Md. – The No. 1 Yale coed sailing team won the Owen, Mosbacher and Knapp Trophies hosted by the US Naval Academy, the ICSA equivalent of Ivy League Championships. The Bulldogs also placed eighth at the Boston Dinghy Cup, cohosted by Harvard and MIT, and third at Central Series Two, hosted by Boston University.
The Owen, Mosbacher and Knapp Trophies were sailed in both 420's and FJ's at the US Naval Academy. Sophomore skipper Graham Landy and senior crew Heather May represented Yale in A division, with junior captain Chris Segerblom and freshman crew Charlotte Belling in B division.
Saturday began with a 10-12 knot Northwesterly, increasing throughout the day with gusts in the high teens. After a difficult day the Bulldogs were able to fight into first place. In a drastic contrast, a light shifty Northerly prevailed on Sunday. On top of these changing conditions, temperatures were close to freezing all weekend. However, the Bulldogs were able to extend their lead, and finished 55 points ahead of second-place Connecticut College. Particularly noteworthy was the impressive performance by Segerblom and Belling. The duo won B division by 42 points, never finishing worse than seventh in the 19-boat fleet. May commented that the team is "proud to win the Ivy League Championship for Yale."
The conditions were wild on the Charles River at the Boston Dinghy Cup. 12 races were run on Saturday in a volatile Northwesterly. There were many capsizes in all three divisions with gusts up to 30 knots. Weather on Sunday was warmer with a much milder Northwesterly of about 4-12 knots. Five races were completed. The Bulldogs fought through the challenging conditions and cold temperatures to finish eighth. Senior skipper Cameron Cullman with crews sophomore Sarah Smith and freshman Emily Johnson placed sixth in A division. Senior skipper Emily Billing with junior crew Will Feldman and Amanda Salvesen placed 11th in B division. In C division, junior skipper Max Nickbarg with freshmen crews Marly Isler and Sanam Rastegar finished ninth in C division. The up and down conditions gave lots of crews the opportunity to sail.
Down the river at Central Series Two, three races were sailed in each division on Saturday. The one-day regatta was sailed in Boston University facilities and therefore saw similar conditions to the Boston Dinghy Cup. Freshman duo Eric Anderson and Megan Valentine placed second in A division with only 7 points. Senior skipper Zachary Foreman with freshman crew Henry Lewis placed eighth in B division. This combined effort led to a final finish of third for the Bulldogs.
Next weekend the Bulldogs will return to team racing, competing at the Southern New England Team Race hosted by Connecticut College.
Report filed by Katherine Gaumond '15, Yale Sports Publicity