NEW LONDON, CONN. – This weekend the Bulldogs qualified for the team racing national championship to be held at ODU in May with a win in the conference championship. They finished with a 15/3 record despite sailing in one of the shiftiest venues in NEISA.
The Bulldog squad of skippers senior Malcolm Lamphere, junior Nic Baird and first-year Shawn Harvey along with their respective crews first-year Sonia Lingos-Utley, senior KB Knapp and sophomore Graceann Nicolosi won their second regatta of the season. This time with a more convincing record. The team beat No. 2 Roger Williams by two races to secure the win, and won both races they sailed against the second and third place teams.
The weather brought a range of wind speeds and directions, but most of the weekend was sailed in about eight to twelve knots from the northwest. The direction made it quite shifty, especially later in the day when heating patterns created large holes in the breeze. Many races were cancelled due to extreme wind shifts.
The team left the venue excited about the racing, feeling that they had tightened up a lot of the mistakes they had been making in the past. Harvey commented on that front: "We've struggled throughout the season to get off line well, and this weekend we started to find a groove in starting, which made the races simpler for us."
The team will focus on fleet racing from now on until the coed conference championship at the end of the month.
Meanwhile, a team sailed at URI which was split between Saturday and Sunday, with first years Nick Marwell skippering and Becca Rose crewing, and skipper Martin Tipton with crew Mina Cezairli on Saturday. On Sunday, senior Patrick Buehler and Emery Wallace will skipper with crews Kathleen Wells and Kathryn Culo. They finished fifth overall, with 254 points, just under 100 points behind the leader, URI.
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Report filed by Nic Baird '19, Yale Sports Publicity