ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – The No. 2 Yale coed sailing team sailed all over the East Coast this weekend, placing sixth at the Eckerd Intersectional, and ninth at the Ice Breaker Regatta at Connecticut College. These events were the first fleet races for the Bulldogs this spring.
The seven teams came to the Eckerd Intersectional, sailing a full rotation of fourteen races in combined divisions. Saturday began with a light and shifty easterly, but later in the afternoon a stronger sea breeze filled in, and both teams of sailors were fully hiked. Sunday had much lighter and more variable wind again, and four more races were completed to finish the regatta.
Sailing A division was sophomore skipper Marly Isler with freshman crew Clara Robertson. The duo finished second in A division, with only one finish outside the top ten during the weekend. Sophomore skipper Astrid Pacini with freshman crew Elizabeth Tokarz placed sixth in B division. The regatta was Tokarz collegiate sailing debut, and the two saw drastic improvement over the weekend. Isler commented that the event was "a good way to get back into the season, especially sailing in two very different conditions."
Up North, another team of Bulldogs sailed the Icebreaker Regatta at Connecticut College. Yale placed ninth out of fourteen teams after sixth races. Saturday had very light air, so only four races were sailed, while Sunday's strong breeze caused the race committee t o end the day early due to safety concerns with the cold water.
Nonetheless, the Bulldogs made the best of the conditions. Sophomores skipper Eric Anderson and Megan Valentine placed third in a competitive A division, winning the tie breaker over Connecticut College. Sophomore skipper Henry Lewis with crew freshman Amelia Dobronyi placed tenth in B division.
These sailors will now join the rest of the team to train at University of South Florida for the next week of spring break before returning to team racing competition at the Graham Hall hosted by Navy.
Report filed by Katherine Gaumond '15, Yale Sports Publicity