PROVIDENCE, R.I. – After a weekend of windy sailing, the No. 1 Yale coed sailing team placed fourth at the Hoyt Trophy hosted by Brown University and third at the three-division Oberg Trophy, held at MIT.
At the Hoyt, winds were of a moderate velocity for most of Saturday until a 20-knot westerly blew through in time for the last set. On Sunday, the Bulldogs sailed in a 15- to 25-knot westerly for most of the day.
On Saturday, sophomore skipper Nic Baird with crews sophomore Kira Woods and freshman Graceann Nicolosi sailed A division. Baird was too sick to sail on Sunday, so junior skipper Malcolm Lamphere took his place with senior Clara Robertson crewing in the heavy breeze. Together they finished tenth in A.
In B, senior captain Mitchell Kiss placed second with crews Robertson, senior Charles Skoda and junior Christopher Champa. Robertson, Skoda and Champa sailed consecutively over the weekend; Skoda and Champa stepped in as the breeze strengthened.
Kiss commented on Sunday's racing, saying, "The wind was very unpredictable, so keeping a level head and not getting frustrated was important."
The sailors' efforts combined led to a fourth-place finish out of eighteen teams.
Held on the Charles River, the Oberg Trophy saw light-to-moderate wind conditions on Saturday. Sunday's racing was called off early due to dangerous winds blowing from a cross-river direction at 15-20 knots.
Skippers Lamphere, who went to the Hoyt on Sunday, and Skoda, who crewed at the Hoyt on Saturday, earned an eighth-place finish in B division with the help of crews senior Chandler Gregoire and sophomore Claire Rossi de Leon.
After twelve races, the Bulldogs earned a third-place finish out of seventeen teams.
Next weekend, the Bulldogs head to the Coast Guard Academy for the Schell Trophy, which serves as the New England Fall Championship and the qualifier for the Atlantic Coast Championship. The ACCs will take place mid-November in Boston.
Kiss feels that the team is prepared and is looking forward to competing in the qualifier next weekend: "The team spent a lot of time on the water over October break and feels very practiced and ready for the weekend." He continues, "This week we will make sure we are all healthy and focused for the weekend."
To see full results from this weekend, visit http://scores.collegesailing.org/f16/.
Report filed by Natalya Doris '17, Yale Sports Publicity