NEW LONDON, Conn. – The Yale coed sailing team placed first at the Danmark and Hewitt Trophies this weekend, winning each event by over 40 points. A majority-underclassman team also placed third at the Jesuit Inter-conference, defeating the No. 5 Georgetown Hoyas and the No. 8 Tufts Jumbos, among other high-ranking teams.
Representing the Bulldogs in New London, Conn., at the Danmark were seniors Ian Barrows and Meredith Megarry in A division and sophomore Nic Baird with senior Natalya Doris and freshman Graceann Nicolosi in B.
Winds blew from northerly directions throughout the weekend, coming from the north-northeast on Saturday and slowly shifting from the northeast to the northwest on Sunday. On both days, the slightly cross-river wind direction, the randomness with which shifts would appear on the racecourse and the strong current typical of the Thames River made it difficult for teams to achieve consistent results. Each of the top five-placing teams at the event placed 17th (out of 20) or lower in at least one race.
Being the most consistently top-scoring team at the event, the Bulldogs took home the Danmark Trophy for the third time in the last four years with a large 50-point lead.
Barrows and Megarry placed second in their division, 12 points behind the home team and 47 points ahead of the third-place boat, while Baird, Doris and Nicolosi won a close B division with 74 points in 15 races, bringing them to an average score of less than five points per race.
With a 44-point lead, the Bulldogs took home the Hewitt Trophy, a three-division event, for the third year in a row.
Despite being disqualified from the first race of the regatta – equivalent to earning a score of the fleet plus one (16 points, in this case) – sophomore Nick Hernandez and junior Caroline Colwell placed third in A division, just three points out of first. They sailed consistently well all weekend in light, shifty conditions: discounting the DSQ, they averaged 3.8 points per race, never placing outside of the top-six.
The senior duo of captain Mitchell Kiss and Clara Robertson won B division by 14 points, averaging 3.66 points per race. In C, junior skipper Malcolm Lamphere and senior crew Amelia Dobronyi placed second, climbing back from 10th place where they sat after the first set on Saturday.
DiMarchi, Greenberg and Rossi de Leon were 10 points out of first place in A division, ultimately taking fourth place, while Klingler and Rossi de Leon placed third in B.
To see full results from this weekend, visit http://scores.collegesailing.org/f16/.
Report filed by Natalya Doris '17, Yale Sports Publicity