ANNAPOLIS, Md. – This weekend, the No.1 Yale coed sailing team placed first at the Graham Hall Team race after an exciting tie-breaking final round at the Naval Academy. They also placed fifth at the Geiger Team Race, which was held on Saturday at MIT due to forecasted freezing temperatures on Sunday. This was the Bulldogs' first weekend competing in team race regattas this spring.
Representing the Bulldogs in Annapolis were skippers seniors Ian Barrows and Mitchell Kiss, junior captain Malcolm Lamphere and sophomore Nic Baird with crews seniors Natalya Doris, Chandler Gregoire and Clara Robertson and freshman Graceann Nicolosi. All of these sailors with the exception of Nicolosi were members of the winning team at the 2016 ICSA Team Race National Championship.
With only six sailors able to sail at a time, head coach Zack Leonard '89, McNay Family Director of Yale Sailing, implemented a rotation such that each member was able to sail a similar number of races.
The race committee completed a full round robin by 1 p.m. on Sunday. Following the round robin, the top six teams competed for a spot on the podium, leaving a three-way tie for first between the No. 4 Boston College Eagles, the No. 3 Georgetown Hoyas and the Bulldogs. After an exciting final two races, the Bulldogs took home the trophy for their first team race inter-conference of the spring season.
Conditions were up and down throughout the weekend. On Saturday morning, a 3 to 8 knot breeze blew out of the southeast. The breeze clocked left throughout the day, settling to a 5 to 12 knot cross-river easterly by the late afternoon. On Sunday, the wind was stronger but also shifty – it came from the east at the beginning of the day and shifted left as it built in velocity throughout the day.
On the Charles River, skippers juniors Christopher Champa, Casey Klingler and freshman Dylan DiMarchi sailed with crews senior Amelia Dobronyi, junior Caroline Colwell and freshman Chrissie Klingler. The second day of the regatta was cancelled due to expected cold and windy sailing conditions.
As an inexperienced team – this was DiMarchi's first college team race regatta – they had an impressive performance on Saturday. At the end of the day, they made it into the final four.
To see full results from this weekend, visit http://scores.collegesailing.org/.
Next weekend, the Bulldogs head to the Coast Guard Academy and Boston College for the Friis and NEISA-MAISA trophies.
Report filed by Natalya Doris '17, Yale Sports Publicity