No. 1 Bulldogs Top National Rankings
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Coming off a successful first weekend, the newly ranked No. 1 Yale coed sailing team will have the opportunity to showcase its depth, sailing two three-division intersectionals and a third traditional two-division regatta. Yale will send teams to the Hatch Brown Trophy at MIT, the Nevins Trophy at the US Merchant Marine Academy King's Point, and the Boston Harbor Invitational at Boston College.
After the first weekend of sailing, the Bulldogs have moved to No. 1 in the national rankings. Fifty points above No. 2 Stanford, the Bulldogs received 16 first-place votes of the 18 coaches in the poll.
The Hatch Brown is a three-division intersectional sailed on the infamously shifty Charles River. The regatta will be raced in MIT's fleet of FJ's and Fireflies. The three divisions will be switching between classes, forcing the Bulldogs to be versatile between the different boats.
Last year the Bulldogs struggled at the Hatch Brown, specifically on the first day, finishing sixth overall. Yale's home venue often does not provide the opportunity to practice in the shifty style breeze that is typical of the Charles River. Therefore early in the season, a lot of hard lessons about river racing need to be relearned. A focus for the Bulldogs this weekend will be minimizing those early season mistakes.
Sailing for the Bulldogs at the Hatch Brown will be skippers senior captain Chris Segerblom, junior Graham Landy and freshman Ian Barrows, with crews junior Katherine Gaumond, sophomore Charlotte Belling and freshmen Natalya Doris and Meredith Megarry. This event will be the collegiate debut for Barrows, Doris and Megarry.
The Nevins Trophy at Kings Point is also a three-division event. A division and B division will rotate between FJs and 420s, while C division will sail Laser Full Rigs. Junior skipper Morgan Kiss and senior crew Amanda Salvesen will sail A division while senior skipper Max Nickbarg and junior crew Sarah Smith will sail B division. Freshman Mitchell Kiss will make his collegiate debut in the singlehanded C division. This will be Nickbarg's seventh event at King's Point, competing in both the doublehanded and singlehanded fleets, and he will therefore be an invaluable source of advice for the team over the weekend. Depending on conditions, either senior Will Feldman or sophomore Marly Isler will join the team as a crew for heavier breeze.
A third squad will head to Boston College to sail in the Boston Harbor Invitational. Representing the Bulldogs will be crews sophomore Megan Valentine and freshman Chandler Gregoire, with skippers sophomore Eric Anderson and either Feldman or Isler, depending on breeze conditions at the Nevins. This regatta will be Gregoire's college sailing debut as well.
All racing will begin at 9:30 a.m. Follow results online at http://scores.collegesailing.org/.
Report filed by Katherine Gaumond '15, Yale Sports Publicity