NEW HAVEN, Conn. – This weekend, the Yale coed sailing team will conclude spring break with two New England team races: the Friis Trophy at the Coast Guard Academy and the NEISA-MAISA Team Race at Boston College.
The Bulldogs will be getting back on the water following a four-day break. Last week, they completed their annual spring break training trip in Florida and entered regattas in Annapolis and Boston. This Friday afternoon, the Bulldogs attended a practice with many New England teams at the Coast Guard Academy to sharpen up their team racing and 420 boat-handing skills in preparation for the weekend's regattas.
Sailing at the Friis will be largely the same team that sailed at the Graham Hall last weekend: skippers seniors Ian Barrows and Mitchell Kiss, junior captain Malcolm Lamphere and sophomore Nic Baird with senior crews Natalya Doris, Chandler Gregoire and Clara Robertson. This group won the season opener after an exciting series of tie-breaking races.
Not much wind is expected at the Coast Guard Academy on Saturday – a four-knot morning northwesterly is forecasted to become a 5-10 knot northeasterly by the end of the day. On Sunday, a 14-20 knot cross-river east breeze is forecasted; however, because the wind will come from the land rather than down the river, it is likely that it will be unstable in velocity and direction.
Headed to Boston are skippers juniors Christopher Champa and Casey Klingler, sophomore Nick Hernandez and freshman Dylan DiMarchi. Lined up to crew are seniors Amelia Dobronyi and Isabelle Rossi de Leon and junior Caroline Colwell. Senior Charles Skoda will sail on Sunday if there is strong breeze.
Just six teams are signed up to sail this regatta – fewer teams require fewer races to complete a full round robin. As such it is highly possible that the full regatta will be completed on Saturday, as was the case last year. A 9-12 knot northeasterly is expected on Saturday, while a 10-14 knot easterly is expected on Sunday.
Racing begins at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday. Follow results at http://scores.collegesailing.org/s17/.
Report filed by Natalya Doris '17, Yale Sports Publicity