NEW LONDON, Conn. – The Yale coed sailing team won the New England Fall Championship, the Schell Trophy, in a dominating fashion with top performances in both divisions. The win earned them a spot at the Atlantic Coast Championships, which will take place in two weeks at MIT. The Bulldogs also placed second at the Freshman New England Championship.
The majority of the racing – nine races of the eleven sailed over the weekend – took place on Saturday in an 8-12 knot southwesterly. On Sunday, one A division race was completed in a 2-5 knot northwesterly, after which all divisions spent several hours postponed on the water while they waited for a sailable breeze to fill. Around 2:20pm, a new breeze filled out of the southwest, allowing the race committee to complete one more race in A division and two in B just before the 3pm cutoff time.
With first-place finishes in both A and B division, the Bulldogs finished first overall with a 30-point lead over the No. 8 MIT Engineers, qualifying for the ACCs.
At Tufts, marginal winds over Mystic Lake limited the New England Freshman Championship to just eight races.
Freshmen skippers Dylan DiMarchi and Chrissie Klingler sailed A and B division respectively with crews Julia Greenberg and Graceann Nicolosi. Greenberg and Nicolosi spent one day sailing in each division – on Saturday, Greenberg sailed with DiMarchi and Nicolosi with Klingler, while Nicolosi sailed with DiMarchi and Greenberg with Klingler on Sunday.
Despite the marginal sailing conditions, the Bulldogs sailed a fairly consistent regatta to earn a second-place finish out of seventeen teams. DiMarchi won A division, while Klingler placed sixth in B.
To see full results from this weekend, visit http://scores.collegesailing.org/f16/. Next week, Baird and junior Malcolm Lamphere will compete in the ICSA Men's Singlehanded National Championship in Galveston, Tex.
Report filed by Natalya Doris '17, Yale Sports Publicity