No. 1 Bulldogs Win Biggest Regatta of Fall
NEW LONDON, Conn. – The No. 1 Yale coed sailing had a dominant weekend, winning the Danmark Trophy at the US Coast Guard Academy, placing fifth at the Jesuit Open at Fordham, finishing 7th at the Gardiner at University of Rhode Island and 2nd at the Women's Olympians at Salve Regina.
Twenty teams from across the country traveled to the Thames River to compete at the Danmark Trophy at the US Coast Guard Academy. There were many wind delays throughout the weekend. Ten races were sailed in light breezes from the North, South and Southeast with strong current. Juniors, skipper Graham Landy and crew Katherine Gaumond, won A division. The duo finished 36 points ahead of second place College of Charleston. Freshman Ian Barrows with crews sophomore Charlotte Belling and freshman Meredith Megarry finished fourth in B division with remarkable consistency. Their boat only finished outside the top-ten once. This is only the second time Yale has won the Danmark Trophy in recent history.
Another competitive intersectional, the Jesuit Open was the first regatta for Bulldog skippers freshmen Mitchell Kiss and Clara Robertson. Kiss and freshman crew Natalya Doris placed sixth in A division. Robertson with crews sophomore Sanam Rastegar and freshman Isabelle Rossi de Leon finished seventh in B division. This combined effort put the Bulldogs in fifth overall. Winds were light and variable on Saturday, with a steadier easterly on Sunday. Robertson said that because of the light winds she "was constantly focusing on keeping the boat up to speed," always trying to be the first boat in the pressure.
At URI, a large team of underclassmen sailors competed in the Gardiner Invitational. With only eight teams in total, the regatta was sailed with combined divisions. Yale placed seventh overall. Sophomore skipper Eric Anderson with crews sophomore Megan Valentine and freshman Chandler Gregoire placed tenth. On Saturday sophomore skipper Henry Lewis sailed with freshman crew Amelia Dobronyi, while sophomore skipper Astrid Pacini with freshman crew Anna Russo sailed on Sunday. This combined effort earned them a 16th place finish in the fleet.
The Women's Olympian's Regatta at Salve Regina was sailed in Ynglings. Junior Morgan Kiss drove with senior Max Nickbarg and sophomore Marly Isler as crew. Their first time sailing Ynglings, the trio put up an impressive second-place finish. The Bulldogs won four of the twelve races over the weekend, allowing them to beat Tufts in a tie-breaker.
This top results bodes well for the team since the New England Match Racing Championship will be held in Salve Regina's Ynglings next weekend.
Report filed by Katherine Gaumond '15, Yale Sports Publicity