NEW HAVEN, Conn. – This weekend, the Yale coed sailing team is set to sail close to home – in New London, Conn. – at one of the most competitive regattas of the fall, the Danmark Trophy. The Bulldogs will also be sending teams to the Hewitt in Enfield, N.H., and the Jesuit Inter-conference in Bronx, N.Y.
The Bulldogs won the Danmark in 2013 and 2014 and placed fourth last year. They are looking to reclaim their spot on the podium this year at the Coast Guard Academy with a team of both upper- and underclassmen who will be working together to take advantage of the shifty breeze and strong current of the Thames River.
Sailing A division will be senior skipper Ian Barrows and senior crew Meredith Megarry. Sophomore Nic Baird and freshman Graceann Nicolosi will sail B. Senior Natalya Doris and junior Christopher Champa will attend the event as heavy air crews, stepping in if breezes are strong. Senior crew Isabelle Rossi de Leon will also attend, breeze-dependent.
At the Hewitt Trophy, a three-division event hosted by Dartmouth, skippers senior captain Mitchell Kiss, junior Malcolm Lamphere and sophomore Nick Hernandez will sail with crews seniors Amelia Dobronyi and Clara Robertson and junior Caroline Colwell.
A group of mostly underclassmen will be sailing the Jesuit Inter-conference, hosted by Fordham University. To give the maximum amount of sailors the opportunity to compete, different groups will be sailing each day.
On Saturday, an all-freshman team of Dylan DiMarchi and Julia Greenberg will sail A division, while freshman skipper Chrissie Klingler and sophomore crew Claire Rossi de Leon will sail B. On Sunday, DiMarchi will sail with Rossi de Leon in A. Klingler and senior Charles Skoda will sail B division.
Racing begins at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday. Follow results at http://scores.collegesailing.org/f16/.
Report filed by Natalya Doris '17, Yale Sports Publicity