NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale coed sailing team, ranked first in a pre-season poll by college sailing coaches across the nation, will kick of the fall season with three regattas: the Harry Anderson, a two-division fleet race held at Yale, the Pine Trophy, a sloop regatta held at the Coast Guard Academy, and the Mt. Hope Bay Invitational, a fleet race held at Salve Regina.
While the team graduated five outstanding seniors at the end of last spring, a large group of freshman with extensive talent, diverse backgrounds and varying levels of experience joined the team this fall. Stay tuned for a deeper look at the incoming class, which will be released early next week.
The team is also returning many of the members who competed at the spring national championships, including four All-Americans, four All-American Honorable Mentions and several Academic All-Americans. At the championships, the Bulldogs took home the Walter C. Wood Trophy for placing first at the ICSA Team Race National Championship and placed third at the Coed Dinghy National Championship.
With all of these accomplishments under their belt, the Bulldogs are excited to compete for the first time since the championships and to show their potential early in the season. While this weekend's lineup mostly features upperclassmen, the freshmen will have several opportunities throughout the season to gain experience and compete against some of the top-ranked sailing teams in the nation.
Sailing at Yale will be skippers sophomore All-American Nic Baird and senior captain Mitchell Kiss in A and B division, respectively, with senior crews Chandler Gregoire, Clara Robertson and Isabelle Rossi de Leon.
An all-male boat will be competing at the Pine Trophy in a J70. Skippering will be All-American senior Ian Barrows with junior Christopher Champa, junior All-American Malcolm Lamphere and sophomore Nick Hernandez as crew. The top-four placing boats will earn a spot at the New England Match Racing Championship, the qualifier for the ICSA Match Racing National Championship.
Finally, at the Mt. Hope Bay Invitational, senior skipper Charles Skoda and sophomore crew Claire Rossi de Leon will sail A division, while junior skipper Claire Huebner and senior crew Amelia Dobronyi will sail in B.
Racing begins at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday. To follow results, visit http://scores.collegesailing.org/f16/. To see the college sailing rankings, visit http://www.sailingworld.com/sailing-world-college-rankings-september-9-2016.
Report filed by Natalya Doris '17, Yale Sports Publicity