NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale coed sailing team approaches the end of the season this weekend with the New England Intercollegiate Sailing Association Conference championship, or the Schell trophy, being held at MIT. The Schell trophy is not only the conference championship, but also the qualifier for the Atlantic Coast Championship hosted by the State University of New York Maritime Academy, which is the most competitive coed regatta before the national championships in the spring. The annual Nickerson trophy is also held this weekend at Tufts, a first-year only regatta that serves as the first-year championship. The Bulldogs will be looking to perform well at both, and finish at least within the top eight teams at the Schell trophy, which the team won handily last year.
Sailing at the Schell in A division will be junior skipper Nic Baird and sophomore crew Graceann Nicolosi. In B division will be skippers senior captain Malcolm Lamphere and junior Nick Hernandez with crews junior Kira Woods and first-year Sonia Lingos-Utley. It is rare for a first-year to be sent to this event. Lingos-Utley's participation is a testament to how well the class is stepping into the roles of five All-American seniors that the team lost last year.
Conditions look moderate on Saturday becoming quite windy on Sunday for the Bulldogs in Boston. As always, the Charles River and Mystic Lake will both prove to be tricky venues, with lots of unpredictable variables affecting the wind.
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Report filed by Nic Baird '19, Yale Sports Publicity