CHARLESTON, S.C. – Despite deadly weather conditions in the northeast, the team made it down to South Carolina to get a great regatta in in warmer weather against teams from the south and north. Conditions were quite windy from the north due to the storm. The sailors competed on "crab bank" where there is some current relief (still about a knot and a half), flat waters and shifty breeze. Nine teams competed at the event.
The Bulldog sailors were skippers senior Malcolm Lamphere, juniors Nick Hernandez and Nic Baird, and first-year Shawn Harvey. Crewing were senior KB Knapp, junior Baird, sophomore Graceann Nicolosi, and first-year Sonia Lingos-Utley. Baird sailed one race as a crew if heavy winds before the weather became milder. The four skippers each sat out a mostly even amount.
The team is happy and tired after the weekend. They finished third with a 14/5 record, only one race away from a tie-break scenario with the top two teams, each having 15/4 records. Most of their losses came from Saturday's racing when they were feeling a bit rusty, but the Bulldogs came back on Sunday to perform more their speed, dropping only one race to the home team and consequently winning the day. McNay Family Sailing Director Zack Leonard reflects on the event, saying: "it was a good start to the season, I'm looking forward to getting back to practice and learning some more so we can just keep getting better."
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Report filed by Nic Baird '19, Yale Sports Publicity