April 13, 2014

No. 2 Bulldogs Win Ivy Honors

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Competing at home, the No. 2 Yale coed sailing team won the Owen, Mosbacher and Knapp Trophies this weekend. The team also placed 13th at the Thompson Trophy at Coast Guard.

 

Fourteen races were sailed at the McNay Family Sailing Center this weekend, as 17 teams competed for the Owen Trophy. The eight Ivy League schools were also competing for the Mosbacher Trophy, and the big three—Harvard, Princeton and Yale—sailed for the Knapp Trophy as well. Yale took home all three trophies.

 

Racing started on Saturday in a light Southwesterly. There was a long wind delay until another Southerly filled in and seven races were sailed in total for the day. Juniors skipper Graham Landy and crew Katherine Gaumond sailed A division. Senior skipper Chris Segerblom and sophomore crew Charlotte Belling sailed B division.

 

Races were sailed in a light Southeasterly on Sunday with choppy water, rewarding boatspeed. Landy and Gaumond continued to sail A division on Sunday, while freshmen skipper Ian Barrows and crew Meredith Megarry switched in for B division.

 

The Bulldogs had a dominant performance this weekend, winning the regatta by 50 points. The team won 13 of the weekend's 28 races. Winning A division by 46 points, Landy commented that "[Gaumond] and I felt really strong in the conditions we had this weekend. I was focused on starting conservatively to take advantage of our boatspeed. Avoiding big mistakes and keeping the boat at full speed around the racecourse allowed us to stay consistent."

 

The fleet enjoyed sailing the new Z420s as well. Megarry said that she and Barrows found that concentrating on "being dynamic in the boat and keeping it fully powered up at all times" was the key to speed in the lighter Z420.

 

At the three-division Thompson Trophy, the Bulldogs were able to use their depth at the major intersectional. Unstable breeze allowed for only limited sailing on Saturday, but the race committee described Sunday as "champagne conditions" with a Southerly coming straight down the Thames River. Eleven races were completed in each division.

 

Senior skipper Max Nickbarg and freshman crew Natalya Doris placed fifth in a stacked A division, only 11 points out of second place. Freshman skipper Mitchell Kiss with crews junior Sarah Smith and sophomore Emily Johnson placed eighth in B division. In C division, sophomore skipper Eric Anderson and freshman crew Chandler Gregoire placed 15th. The combined effort of these sailors led Yale to a 13th-place overall finish.

 

Next weekend, the Bulldogs will display their depth at another three-division intersectional, the Boston Dinghy Cup at MIT. This event will be the last regatta before the New England Dinghy Championships.

 

Report filed by Katherine Gaumond '15, Yale Sports Publicity