NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale coed sailing team completed a successful season start this weekend with a victory at the Mt. Hope Bay Invitational and a close second at home at the Harry Anderson Trophy.
At Roger Williams University, skippers sophomore Dylan DiMarchi and senior Claire Huebner and crews senior KB Knapp and freshman Sonia Lingos-Utley each completed nine races and won the event by a dominating fifty two points (38 to 90), winning ten of the eighteen races, collectively. Saturday saw a light, northerly breeze with lots of current while Sunday held a more steady wind strength. Dimarchi comments on the performance: "This was one of my first experiences racing in current, which made for some tricky conditions. Choosing correctly between preferable current and preferable wind at the right times determined the boats in front and those struggling."
The Harry Anderson Trophy was hosted at home this weekend to kick off the season. After sixteen races were completed in each division in a northerly breeze between three and fifteen knots throughout the weekend, the Bulldogs ended up second, just seven points behind the leaders, Boston University. Competing in A division was skipper junior Nic Baird and crew Graceann Nicolosi, in B division skippers junior Nick Hernandez and senior Casey Klingler each sailed 8 races with crews junior Kira Woods and Claudia Loiacono, respectively. Conditions were tricky as northerly winds bought large and unpredictable shifts. Nicolosi comments: "It was nice to be back on the water sailing at our home venue. The conditions were tricky, but we remained patient and kept our heads out of the boat, which helped us stay a step ahead and not make too many mistakes, which is easy to do when it's that shifty."
A successful weekend for the Bulldogs, and a good start to the season.
Final results can be found at www.scores.collegesailing.org
Report filed by Nic Baird '19, Yale Sports Publicity