Baird Edged Out by Boston College and Charleston in Final Race
GALVESTON, Tex. – While the weekend came to an exciting but disappointing close, skippers sophomore Nic Baird and junior Malcolm Lamphere had impressive performances in a deep fleet, placing third and seventh respectively at the Men's Singlehanded National Championship in Galveston, Texas.
Lamphere opened the regatta with a win. Being the defending national champion, expectations were high for the junior, who hails from Lake Forest, Il. Lamphere, however, struggled for the remainder of the day, which consisted of shifty, flat-water wind conditions.
Sunday brought stronger breeze, better suited to Lamphere's sailing style. He was able to climb back to seventh place, where he would place overall, in just four races (after racing on Saturday he sat in 10th).
Assistant coach Bill Healy commented on Lamphere's racing, saying, "He had some fantastic races. He would sometimes have a string of bad races, but then would come out of the funk pretty quickly."
Baird's focus this weekend, according to Healy, was sailing his own race, rather than worrying about the strategies of his competitors.
Healy explained, "this was the winning strategy of the regatta for thirteen out of the total fourteen races."
The anomaly race happened to be the last of the regatta, when Baird would lose his overall lead. Healy furthered, "While Baird could have been more aggressive in the last race by starting near boats that were threatening his lead, he kept doing what was working, and I can't fault him for that."
According to Baird, the most successful strategy of the weekend was: "You just had to sail the lift. You couldn't see the next puff, so you had to sail with what you had, and hope and have some confidence that it will shift back."
While Baird just finished four points and two places short of returning the Glen S. Foster Trophy to Yale, Healy is excited for him and Lamphere, both underclassmen, to continue to improve over the next year as they prepare for their next shot at winning the event.
To see results, visit http://scores.collegesailing.org/f16/laserperformance-mens-singlehanded-nationals/.
Report filed by Natalya Doris '17, Yale Sports Publicity