NEW LONDON, Conn. – On Sunday, two members of the No. 1 Yale coed sailing team claimed a top-four spot at the Men's New England Singlehanded Championship, earning a berth to the Nationals, which will be held in Galveston, Tex., mid-November. The Bulldogs also placed fourth at the Hood Trophy and second at the Chris Loder Trophy.
Scores were tight all weekend at the singlehanded qualifier. Senior Ian Barrows, junior Malcolm Lamphere and sophomore Nic Baird put in their best effort from the very start of the regatta, each of them finding themselves in the top four at different points in the weekend.
After 14 races, Baird, Lamphere and Barrows ultimately placed second, third and eighth respectively. With this result, Baird and Lamphere will be heading to Texas in November for the National Championship, where they will attempt to claim the Glen S. Foster Trophy.
Barrows was just 11 points short of qualifying. With such a competitive fleet (many of the competitors had previously been on the Laser World circuit and had top finishes at Youth World Championships), it is no surprise that there was an 11-point spread between fourth and eighth places.
At Tufts, a notoriously shifty venue, the Bulldogs took home a respectable fourth-place finish. In A division, seniors captain Mitchell Kiss and crew Clara Robertson placed fifth. In B, sophomore skipper Nick Hernandez and junior crew Caroline Colwell placed third.
Placing anywhere in the top five at this event is an impressive feat – the venue is so tactically challenging that the home team, The No. 20 Tufts Jumbos, who get to practice on Mystic Lake four days a week, have a significant advantage and win the event almost every year.
At the Chris Loder Trophy, the Bulldogs stood in first place until the final set, when they were edged out by the Jumbos, ending the regatta seven points short of the win.
Representing the Bulldogs were junior Christopher Champa and senior Amelia Dobronyi, who placed fifth in A, and an all-freshman team of Dylan DiMarchi and Graceann Nicolosi, who won B division by an impressive 18 points.
To see full results from this weekend, visit http://scores.collegesailing.org/f16/.
Report filed by Natalya Doris '17, Yale Sports Publicity