No. 1 Bulldogs Sail to Defend Conference Championship
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The No. 1 Yale coed sailing team will sail the Erwin Schell Trophy this weekend at MIT, which serves as the New England dinghy championship regatta for the fall season. Yale will also compete in the Dave Perry Trophy, sailed at home.
Last year's Schell Trophy was sailed at Brown, and Yale took home the win, sailing in stormy conditions just before Hurricane Sandy. This year the Schell will return to its historic host: MIT, which will offer quite different conditions from last year's regatta. Two divisions will sail Fireflies and FJs on the Charles River. The top seven from this weekend will then qualify for the fall season's dinghy championship, the Atlantic Coast Championship held at College of Charleston later in November.
Except for freshman Ian Barrows who will spend the weekend training for the ICSA Men's Singlehanded National Championship with teammate freshman Mitchell Kiss, the same team who won the Hoyt Trophy will travel to Boston for the Schell. Junior skipper Graham Landy with crews senior Will Feldman and junior Katherine Gaumond will sail A division. Senior captain Chris Segerblom will skipper B division, with crews junior Sarah Smith and sophomore Charlotte Belling.
At Yale's McNay Family Sailing Center, two separate Yale teams will both compete in the Dave Perry Trophy. Sailing under the name of the Elis, senior Max Nickbarg will skipper A division with crews sophomore Emily Johnson and freshman Meredith Megarry, and sophomore skipper Marly Isler with crews freshmen Clara Robertson and Isabelle Rossi de Leon will sail B division.
Sailing under the name of the Bulldogs, skippers junior Urska Kosir and sophomores Eric Anderson, Henry Lewis and Astrid Pacini will divide up skippering duties with crews sophomores Sanam Rastegar and Megan Valentine, and freshmen Natalya Doris, Amelia Dobronyi and Chandler Gregoire.
Notably, the Yale coed team also received nation-wide honors this week. The team was once again ranked No. 1, receiving first-place votes from all but one of the coaches who were polled for the rankings.
Feldman was also individually recognized for his performance at the Hoyt last weekend. Chalk Talk, the online show that covers college sailing, honored Feldman as the college sailing Stud of the Week for "leading Yale to capture the Hoyt trophy, crewing for Graham Landy in most races at this breezy and competitive inter conference at Brown."
All racing will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday. Follow results online at http://scores.collegesailing.org/f13/.
Report filed by Katherine Gaumond '15, Yale Sports Publicity