OYSTER BAY, N.Y. – The Yale coed sailing team sailed well at the top level for the last regular season weekend of the fall. With sailors at the Hoyt trophy, the Oberg trophy and the Hinman regatta, a breadth of experience was gained. Knowledge about the venue at the Oberg, hosted by MIT, will come in handy next weekend as it is the same venue as the conference championship regatta. The first-year and senior team of Shawn Harvey and KB Knapp debuted in A division at a major interconference regatta, and four other Yale sailors competed at the Hinman trophy, the open national championship in team racing.
Harvey and Knapp finished a respectable eighth place in their division, within twenty points of third place. Senior Casey Klingler skippering for Claudia Loiacono finished second in B division, ten points behind the leaders. The team finished second overall just ten points behind last year's college national champions, the College of Charleston. A strong finish at a regatta that proved to be extremely competitive, with an average score of almost seven points per race for the leaders, indicating that the competition was very close.
At the Oberg, sophomore Dylan DiMarchi and first-year Becca Rose finished fourteenth in A division. First-years Nicholas Marwell and Emery Wallace were tenth in B division while Martin Tipton and Mina Cezairli were fifteenth in C division. Overall the team ended up fourteenth. Two "letter scores" of a DNF and RAF skewed those results slightly against the Bulldogs.
In New York, four Yale sailors competed alongside an alumnus and well-respected team racer and alumnus of Hobart and William Smith Colleges at the Hinman regatta, which is both the open U.S. national team race championship and a qualifier for the world team race championship. Unfortunately, fellow team member Nick Hernandez suffered a minor injury the day before the event began and was unable to sail. With a last minute replacement found in five-time Hinman champion Collin Merrik, who sailed with Clara Robertson '17, first-year Sonia Lingos-Utley, sophomore Graceann Nicolosi, junior Nic Baird and senior captain Malcolm Lamphere finished sixth overall after an extremely close battle between several incredible teams. The U.S. representative team to the Worlds two years ago, a team of Yale alumni that consisted of three college sailors of the year and several other high-accolade teams finished within the top eight and all fourteen teams were highly skilled with the regatta having an application-based entry. After sailing without a loss for the last two days of the event, the team is frustrated by early mistakes, but learned a lot about themselves that will be key points to work on when team racing kicks off in college sailing in the spring.
The team is feeling motivated and has been improving rapidly, a good sign going into the conference championship next weekend at MIT.
Report filed by Nic Baird '19, Yale Sports Publicity