BOSTON, Mass. – The No. 1 Yale coed sailing team finished first at the Marchiando and Friis Trophies Team Race co-hosted by MIT and Tufts this weekend. The Bulldogs also placed 8th at the Greater New York Dinghy Regatta hosted by Columbia.
The Bulldogs began their weekend sailing at Tufts on Mystic Lake. They arrived to unsailable conditions due to high winds and low temperatures. However, after a short postponement, the breeze decreased to an unstable Northwesterly ranging from 10 to 20 knots, with occasional gusts to 25 knots. Racing against six other teams in a double round robin, Yale only lost one race to Brown. A record of 11-1 was enough to advance Yale to the gold round at MIT on Sunday.
A light Southwesterly greeted sailors on Sunday morning, but the breeze steadily increased throughout the day, with gusts in the afternoon up to 25 knots. The format of the Marchiando Friis works such that only the races against the teams that advanced to the gold round carried over for Yale on Sunday. Yale then completed a double round robin racing only against the teams that were not at Tufts on Saturday: Boston College, Harvard, Stanford and University of Vermont. Once again, the Bulldogs only lost one race in this round robin against Stanford. Going into the final four round robin, the Bulldogs only had to win one race in order to clinch a victory at the regatta, and that they did, taking a win against Stanford in the first race the Bulldogs.
A variety of crews sailed with skippers senior Cameron Cullman, junior captain Chris Segerblom and sophomore Graham Landy in order create optimal weight combinations for the unsteady breeze throughout the weekend. Crews senior Heather May, juniors Marlena Fauer, Will Feldman and Eugenia Custo Greig along with sophomore Katherine Gaumond all contributed to the team's success. Landy commented that this win was particularly enjoyable because Yale was able "to win a lot of close races in wind conditions that have given us trouble in the past." Landy credited the knowledge gained sailing the shifty Southern New England Team Race last weekend and a key to Yale's victory in Boston.
The Bulldogs dropped the Admiral Alymers Trophy at Massachusetts Maritime Academy in favor of sailing the Greater New York Dinghy Regatta. Saturday started off with 12-15 knots but slowly died and shifted 180 degrees throughout the day. A division completed six races and B division did four. Sunday started off with 15 knots but increased until there were gusts above 25 knots. This big breeze along with considerable chop made sailing difficult but exciting for the competitors. Junior Max Nickbarg and sophomore Sarah Smith finished 8th in A division, while freshmen Marly Isler and Emily Johnson finished 5th in B division. This combined effort was enough to earn the Bulldogs 8th overall.
Next weekend, the Bulldogs will begin the process of qualifying for the ICSA Coed Dinghy National Championships by sailing the New England Dinghy Championship at Brown.
Report filed by Katherine Gaumond '15, Yale Sports Publicity