BOSTON – The Yale coed sailing team finished a dominant season with a win at the New England Fleet Race Championship, qualifying for the ICSA Semifinal National Championship, which will be held in Charleston, S.C., early June. The Bulldogs also swept more individual awards than any team in the conference at the conclusion of racing on Sunday, among them New England Sailor of the Year, Crew of the Year and Rookie of the Year.
The Bulldogs sailed in a wide range of conditions this weekend – an 8-15 knot westerly on Saturday and 4-13 knot easterly on Sunday – that tested their starting strategy and ability to react quickly to new information. Getting a clear lane off the starting line and smoothly executing boat handling maneuvers were key to staying ahead in most races.
Having practiced these techniques throughout their four years on the team, seniors Ian Barrows and Clara Robertson used their expertise to achieve a first-place finish in A division with just 94 points in 17 races.
This strong finish, along with a number of division wins throughout the fall and spring seasons, earned them both a spot on the First All-NEISA Coed Skipper and Crew teams, respectively. Barrows was named NEISA Sailor of the Year, while Robertson was named NEISA Crew of the Year. NEISA stands for New England Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association.
Baird and Kiss were both named to the All-NEISA Skipper First Team and Baird was a finalist for NEISA Sailor of the Year. Doris and Nicolosi were both finalists of NEISA Crew of the Year, while Nicolosi was named NEISA Rookie of the Year – and was likely the first crew to ever receive this honor. She was also named to the All-NEISA Crew First Team.
Notably, senior Chandler Gregoire, who sailed on the coed team all fall and spring, was named to the All-NEISA Crew Second Team.
With New England sailing wrapped up for the year, the Bulldogs look forward to the next month of training and preparation for the nationals. This weekend's berth officially secured them a spot at all three spring championships – Women's, Team Racing, and Coed.
To see full results from this weekend, visit http://scores.collegesailing.org/s17/neisa-coed-championships-coast-guard-alumni-bowl/. The 2017 All-NEISA Team can be found here: http://collegesailing.org/news/article/2017-all-neisa-team.
Report filed by Natalya Doris '17, Yale Sports Publicity