Bristol, R.I. – With teams all over the east coast, the Yale coed sailing team saw lots of variable conditions in each venue this past weekend. Solid breeze shifting upwards of twenty degrees at times met the sailors at Roger Williams for the New England Singlehanded Championships on Saturday, and Sunday saw no wind until the sea breeze filled in from the east southeast at eight knots. According to captain Claire Huebner, the contingent at the Salt Pond Invite had "great conditions with breeze around 13-17 knots which died off throughout the day and flat water. We sailed 6 races per division on Saturday with the first race in A being dropped due to a race committee error." The Tufts group saw extremely light conditions on Saturday only getting four races off on Saturday and only getting two A races, which did not count, on Sunday. The St. Mary's team saw some classic St. Mary's conditions with light and very shifty winds all weekend.
At the singlehanded championships first-year Adam Wolnikowski finished in twenty third, junior Nic Baird and senior Malcolm Lamphere finished first and third respectively. The top four sailors qualify for the nationals in St. Petersburg, Fla. in November. At Tufts, first-year Shawn Harvey and senior KB Knapp finished fourth in A division trailing the leader by eight points, while sophomore Dylan DiMarchi and first-yeara Sonia Lingos-Utley and Cate Mollerus secured second place in B division just three points behind first place. Down south, junior Nick Hernandez skippering for sophomore Graceann Nicolosi ended Sunday in fifth in A division. In B division, senior Casey Klingler and first-year Claudia Loiacono finished fifth. Finally, at the Salt Pond Invite, one Yale team, led by Huebner and senior Christopher Champa, who split days sailing with first- year crew Becca Rose, sailed into fourth place in A division with the B division boat, senior skipper Patrick Buehler and first-year crew Kathleen Wells finishing thirteenth. On Yale's second team, first-years Nicholas Marwell and Emery Wallace got sixth in A division while first-years Martin Tipton and Mina Cezairli finished ninth in B division.
Congratulations to the Bulldogs for winning the first conference championship of the season!
Team results at each event are as follows:
Hood Trophy: 3rd
St. Mary's Intersectional: 4th
Salt Pond Invite Team 1: 9th
Salt Pond Invite Team 2: 6th
NEISA Men's Singlehanded Championship: 1st, 3rd, 23rd
Find full results at www.scores.collegesailing.org
Report filed by Nic Baird '19, Yale Sports Publicity