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No. 1 Bulldogs to Sail New England Match Race Championship

Kiss at the Hood Trophy (credit: Ken Legler)
Kiss at the Hood Trophy (credit: Ken Legler)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – This weekend, the Yale coed sailing team is sending three members to Newport, R.I., to compete in the New England Match Race Championship. A top-two finish will earn them a spot at the National Championship, which will take place late November in San Diego, Calif. The team is also entered in two double-handed events: the Captain Hurst Regatta at Dartmouth and the Providence College Invitational.

 

Skipper senior Ian Barrows with crew senior Clara Robertson and junior Christopher Champa will be sailing a Yngling at the Match Race Championship. Having trained all of last weekend and most of last week, they feel prepared and are looking to make improvements throughout the weekend as they get their first exposure as a team to the most competitive fleet in New England. Last year, the Bulldogs fell just one place short of qualifying, so they are hoping that their extensive preparation this year will help them earn the qualifying spot.

 

Heading to Dartmouth's Lake Mascoma in Enfield, N.H., will be skippers senior captain Mitchell Kiss, juniors Katharina Knapp and Malcolm Lamphere with crews senior Chandler Gregoire, junior Caroline Colwell and freshman Graceann Nicolosi.

 

The Hurst is a three-division event, sailed in FJs and Z420s. Kiss and Colwell will sail A division, while Lamphere and Gregoire will sail in B, and Knapp and Nicolosi in C division.

 

At Providence College, skippers junior Patrick Buehler and freshmen Dylan DiMarchi and Chrissie Klingler will sail this two-division event with crews senior Amelia Dobronyi, sophomore Claire Rossi de Leon and freshman Julia Greenberg. Skipper-crew pairs will rotate throughout the weekend to give each of the sailors an equal amount of time on the water.

 

Forecasts for the weekend call for light winds across New England.

 

Racing beings at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday. Follow results at http://scores.collegesailing.org/f16/.

 

Report filed by Natalya Doris '17, Yale Sports Publicity