No. 2 Bulldogs Win Both Opening Regattas
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The No. 2 Yale coed sailing team swept its competition this weekend, winning both the Harry Anderson Trophy sailed at home and the Pine Trophy sailed at the US Coast Guard Academy.
The 39th Harry Anderson Jr. Trophy is the first dinghy intersectional of the fall season and the only coed dinghy intersectional the Bulldogs will host all fall. However, the team took full advantage of the home waters of Short Beach to win the regatta by 34 points over No. 16 Harvard.
Saturday began with A division in FJ's and B division sailing 420's. The morning started with a strong, shifty northerly that slowly died throughout the day. Four races were sailed in these conditions before a new breeze eventually filled from the West. Nine races were completed on this first day.
Sunday also began with an even lighter northerly. Only one race in A division was completed before the breeze completely shut off, filling later in the afternoon to another westerly. Five more races were sailed during the day, with A division now in 420's and B division in FJ's.
Juniors skipper Graham Landy and crew Katherine Gaumond won A division by 29 points, winning five of the fourteen races of the weekend. Seniors skipper Marlena Fauer and crew Eugenia Custo Greig placed fourth in a tightly contested B division, only eight points out of first place. The whole team showed versatility, sailing in a variety of wind conditions and two different types of boats. The Bulldogs were especially able to showcase their boat speed during Sunday afternoon when the chop started to build in the westerly.
The Bulldogs also showed their depth this weekend, putting up a dominant performance at the Pine Trophy. This regatta is the qualifier for the Sloop New England Match Race Championship scheduled for later in the fall. The top four teams from the Pine would qualify for New England's, the first step towards the ICSA Match Racing National Championship in November. Senior skipper Chris Segerblom with crew senior Max Nickbarg and sophomore Eric Anderson and Marly Isler won five of the ten fleet races sailed on the Thames River in Colgate 26's.
After a great start, the Bulldogs will continue to train hard throughout the week for next weekend's three division Hatch Brown Trophy at MIT.
Report filed by Katherine Gaumond '15, Yale Sports Publicity