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No. 1 Bulldogs Continue to Shed the Rust

Claire Dennis and Heather May. (Photo by Lincoln Benedict)
Claire Dennis and Heather May. (Photo by Lincoln Benedict)

Bulldogs Gain Valuable Time on the Water

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—The No. 1 Yale coed sailing team struggled in their first weekend at the top of the national rankings, but although the results were not exactly what the team would have liked, they did gain some very important time on the water in places they will return to later in the season. The Bulldogs finished 11th at the Hatch Brown Trophy hosted by MIT, tenth at the Nevins Trophy hosted by King's Point and eighth at the Boston Harbor Invite hosted by Boston College.

In Cambridge, Mass., the Charles River presented the shifts and puffs it is known for at the Hatch Brown Trophy. Saturday brought a seabreeze ranging from three to 12 mph from the ENE to ESE. Sunday brought a stiffer breeze and plenty of pressure changes with winds of 12 to 15 mph. The conditions were extremely tricky and required plenty of patience. A full rotation of 18 races was completed over the two days.

While most regattas are sailed with only two divisions, the Hatch Brown is sailed in three divisions, calling on lots of team depth and creating a somewhat different results picture. In A division, sophomore skipper Chris Segerblom and senior crew Isabel Elliman finished 15th with six top tens. Junior skipper Cam Cullman and senior crew Genoa Warner finished eighth in B division with eight top tens. Juniors skipper Claire Dennis and crew Heather May, one of the power teams on the women's circuit last year, finished eighth in the very tightly contested C division. They finished with 13 top tens and a mere seven points out of second place.

The College of Charleston won the regatta, sailing as if the Charles River was their home water with the actual home team, MIT, taking second. The Bulldogs snuck into 11th by one point, just edging out Georgetown.

In King's Point, NY, the Bulldogs also fielded three divisions in the Nevins Trophy. Saturday brought shifty conditions from the Northeast and a breeze of four to 12 knots. Ten races were sailed in each division. Sunday brought a stiffer breeze out of the Northeast of ten to 18 knots with chop from the current. Following the lunch break, the breeze clocked back East, coming off the land and causing very puffy and shifty conditions.

In A division, freshman skipper Graham Landy finished fourth in his college sailing debut with crews sophomores Eugenia Custo Grieg and William Feldman. They finished with 13 top tens, including three wins. Senior Rob Struckett and freshman Morgan Kiss split skippering duties in B division, sailing with crews sophomores Feldman and Anna Han. The combined team finished ninth with nine top tens. In the singlehanded C division sailed in Lasers, sophomore Max Nickbarg finished 11th with nine top tens.

A third team of Bulldogs finished eighth at the Boston Harbor Invitational hosted by Boston College in Boston. The Bulldogs finished fourth in A division and eighth in B division.

Next weekend the Bulldogs will sail at the New England Sloop Championships, looking to grab a spot at the National Championships later this fall, as well as at other regattas around New England.

Report filed by Margot Benedict '12, Yale Sports Publicity