MEDFORD, Mass. – After two exciting days of team racing on Mystic Lake, the Yale coed sailing team maintained a comfortable three-win lead to take home the Fowle Trophy for the second year in a row, earning a berth to the 2017 ICSA Team Race National Championship.
The entire regatta was sailed in conditions typical of the Tufts University Sailing Team's home venue – shifty with large and abrupt changes in velocity. On Saturday, a northwest wind ranged from 8 to 28 knots. Large areas of strong breeze would travel down the race course and cause several boats to flip or wipe out, which made for very exciting racing. While the wind was much lighter on Sunday – a 5 to 15 knot breeze coming from the west-northwest direction – it was equally challenging, with wind sometimes coming from opposite sides of the lake simultaneously.
The winning team consisted of skippers seniors Ian Barrows and Mitchell Kiss, junior captain Malcolm Lamphere and sophomore Nic Baird and crews seniors Natalya Doris, Chandler Gregoire and Clara Robertson, junior Christopher Champa and freshman Graceann Nicolosi.
Head coach Zack Leonard '89, McNay Family Director of Yale Sailing, commented on the New England Championship saying, "Team racing when it is as shifty as it was is really about resilience and having the emotional equanimity to go from a losing combination to a winning combination and to do the smartest play for each situation that you're in."
He concluded, "The conditions were so difficult that it was hard to be consistent and we did a better job than other teams at that."'
The Bulldogs ended the weekend with an 18-5 record, ahead of the No. 13 MIT Engineers and the No. 11 Tufts Jumbos who finished 15-8 and the No. 3 Boston College Eagles who finished 14-9, narrowly edging out the No. 2 Dartmouth Big Green on a tie-breaker for the last qualifying spot. Only the top four teams move on to the national championship, which will be held at the College of Charleston late May.
The Bulldogs also placed third at the Southern Series 5, held at the University of Rhode Island. Sailing this regatta were skippers junior KB Knapp and freshman Dylan DiMarchi in A with crews junior captain Claire Huebner and sophomore Kira Woods. In B, skipper Charles Skoda with crew Patrick Buehler sailed on Saturday. On Sunday, freshman Chrissie Klingler sailed with Skoda.
View results from this weekend at http://scores.collegesailing.org/s17/.
Report filed by Natalya Doris '17, Yale Sports Publicity