November 3, 2013

No. 1 Bulldogs Qualify for Fall Championship

BOSTON, Mass. – This weekend the No. 1 Yale coed sailing team qualified for the Atlantic Coast Championships by placing third at the Erwin Schell Trophy hosted by MIT. The Bulldogs also sent two teams to the Dave Perry Trophy, with the Yale Elis finishing first, and the Yale Bulldogs finishing 11th.

 

The Charles River was glassy when competitors arrived at MIT on Saturday for the Erwin Schell Trophy. All the best schools in New England were ready to compete for the seven berths to the Atlantic Coast Championships at the end of this season. However, wind did not fill until 3:00 p.m., and only one race was sailed in A division. Luckily, this allowed competitors to view the Boston Red Sox victory parade, which went through the Charles River on duck boats.

 

Sunday saw a 3-10 knot northerly throughout the day. Breeze from the North is one of the most difficult directions to sail on the Charles River, so the Bulldogs fought to remain consistent on a course with many one-tack beats and wide, winding shifts. Since there was only one day of racing, A division began the day in FJs, switching into B division's Fireflies after lunch.

 

A division's juniors skipper Graham Landy and crew Katherine Gaumond steadily improved throughout the eight races of the day, winning three of the nine races of the regatta to finished second in A division overall. Senior captain Chris Segerblom and junior crew Sarah Smith finished fourth in B division, only one point behind third.

 

These shifty conditions made for tight scores at the end of the day. Dartmouth won the regatta, but Yale was only 11 points behind. The Bulldogs will now take the next two weeks to fine tune their dinghy sailing skills and then travel to College of Charleston to compete in the fall finale: the Atlantic Coast Championship.

 

At the McNay Family Sailing Center, two Yale teams competed on home waters at the Dave Perry. Saturday saw similarly light conditions to the Schell, with only three races sailed in each division, but a strong Northerly on Sunday allowed for 12 races to be completed overall.

 

Sailing under the name of the Elis, senior Max Nickbarg with freshman crew Meredith Megarry in A division, and sophomore Marly Isler with freshmen crews Clara Roberston and Isabelle Rossi de Leon in B division won the regatta. Isler, Robertson and Rossi de Leon won their division by twelve points, winning half the races of the regatta.

 

The Yale team under the name Bulldogs placed 11th. A division was sailed by skippers junior Urksa Kosr and sophomore Henry Lewis, and freshmen crews Amelia Dobronyi and Natalya Doris. Sophomore Eric Anderson with crews sophomore Megan Valentine and freshman Chandler Gregoire sailed B division.

 

Notably, when a member of the Brown team fell ill, Yale sailors sophomore Astrid Pacini and Roberston filled in, sailing some of the races for Brown. Pacini also filled in as a crew for the Fairfield team.

 

Next weekend, freshmen Ian Barrows and Mitchell Kiss, who both took this weekend to train, will sail Lasers in the ICSA Men's Singlehanded Championship held in Newport, R.I..

 

Report filed by Katherine Gaumond '15, Yale Sports Publicity