NEWPORT, R.I. – After sweeping podium positions at all three spring national championships, the Bulldogs took home the Fowle trophy for the top overall team in the country for the 2018/2019 season. Their commanding third, first, and second finishes at the women's, team racing, and fleet racing nationals, respectively, were enough to top all other teams in overall performance when including a fourth and eleventh place finishes at the men's and women's singlehanded nationals in the fall by Nic Baird and Louisa Nordstrom, respectively.
The Fowle trophy is awarded each year to the team that gathers the most 'points,' which can be obtained through championship finishes. The events are weighted differently. The Match racing is worth the least. Each singhlehanded event counts slightly more. The women's nationals and team racing count nearly double the singlehanded events, and finally, the coed nationals counts significantly more than the others.
For Yale to have won this trophy is a tremendous accomplishment. The breadth of national events means that larger teams with more recruiting spots are able to field several specialized teams. Yale's team is small, and requires that its sailors compete at the highest level in all college sailing disciplines. This makes the Fowle that much more challenging to win for Yale, but also demonstrates how dominant the team's season was this year.
Yale has not won the Fowle since 2016, a year they won two of the six championships.
Report filed by Nic Baird '19, Yale Sports Publicity