No. 1 Bulldogs Tune Up for Qualifiers
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The No. 1 Yale coed sailing team will be sailing in four different regattas this weekend: the Danmark Trophy at Coast Guard, the Gardiner Invitational at University of Rhode Island, the Jesuit Open at Fordham and the Women's Olympic Regatta at Salve Regina. With so many regattas, this weekend is giving many new members of the team the to opportunity to race.
The Danmark Trophy is often considered the deepest intersectional of the fall. The regatta is sailed on the tricky Thames River, known for its strong current. Both divisions will be sailing at once in Coast Guard's fleet of 420s and FJs. Junior skipper Graham Landy will sail A division and freshman skipper Ian Barrows will sail B division. Crews seniors Eugenia Custo Greig and Will Feldman, junior Katherine Gaumond, sophomore Charlotte Belling and freshman Meredith Megarry will travel with the team as well, sailing depending on difficult-to-predict breeze conditions on the Thames.
Sailing the Gardiner will be sophomore skippers Eric Anderson, Henry Lewis, and Astrid Pacini, along with crews sophomore Megan Valentine and freshmen Amelia Dobronyi, Chandler Gregoire and Anna Russo. This will be the collegiate debut for Dobronyi, Pacini and Russo and Lewis's first regatta skippering.
At the Jesuit Open, freshmen Mitchell Kiss and Clara Robertson will skipper with crews sophomore Sanam Rastegar and freshmen Natalya Doris and Isabelle Rossi de Leon. This regatta will be Kiss's first doublehanded regatta in college, and Robertson's first regatta skippering.
Finally, a fourth team of Bulldogs will travel to Salve Regina to sail Women's Olympic Regatta. This event is a fleet racing regatta sailed in Ynglings. Designed in 1967, Ynglings are a small keelboat, compared to a smaller version of the Soling. The boat is 21 feet long and crewed by three sailors. Importantly, this year's New England Match Race Championship will be sailed at Salve Regina in Ynglings as well, so this weekend will be important training for the Yale match racing squad.
This weekend junior Morgan Kiss will drive with crew senior Max Nickbarg and sophomore Marly Isler. Nickbarg and Isler will have to adapt to these new boats as quickly as possible, and then relay any information they learn to senior skipper of the match racing team Chris Segerblom in order to prepare for New England's.
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