March 25, 2012

No. 1 Bulldogs Claim Ivy Trophy and Boston Dinghy Cup

Bulldogs Sail Successfully Across New England

NEW HAVEN, Conn.—The No. 1 Yale coed sailing team asserted its recent top ranking, capturing the Owen, Mosbacher and Knapp trophies, claiming sailing's Ivy trophy at the McNay Family Sailing Center in Branford. The Bulldogs also dominated the Boston Dinghy Cup, a highly competitive three-division regatta hosted by MIT, and finished third at the Southern Series One at Salve Regina in Newport, R.I. 

After missing out on the Ivy championship last season, the Bulldogs entered this weekend with added chips on their shoulders. Hosting the regatta on the home waters at Short Beach added to the anticipation of the weekend. The Bulldogs were able to more than sail up to expectations, capturing all three trophies en-route to victory by 25 points.

Saturday dawned with 10 knots out of the East, which quickly built to 15 knots allowing for some significant waves for the first sets in A and B division. The wind then began to drop, first to 10 and then to five by the final B division race. Eight races were completed in each division.

Despite earlier forecasts, Sunday was less windy than Saturday with five to 10 knots of breeze from the east-northeast that died all day and rotated back to the north before building to 10 knots for the last B division set. Four more races were sailed in each division on windward-leeward courses of four or five legs.

Seniors skipper Joseph Morris and crew Isabel Elliman claimed the top spot in A division, 19 points ahead of the second-place boat.  They won half of the races, closing out the regatta with a win, the same way they began. Remaining remarkably consistent, they only had one finish outside of the top five.

Sophomores skipper Marlena Fauer and crew Eugenia Custo Greig also claimed the victory in B division, outpacing their nearest competitor by six points despite a disqualification. They remained in the top three for the first 10 races, finishing with three wins.

The Bulldogs dominated the Boston Dinghy Cup hosted by MIT in Cambridge, Mass., on the Charles River, beating the closest competition by 51 points. The regatta served as the official debut of MIT's new docks and new fleet of fireflies, which received predominantly positive reviews. The Boston Dinghy Cup was considered the biggest regatta of the weekend with three divisions of racing in MIT's FJs, MIT's fireflies and Harvard's FJs, which allowed for 18 races in each division. 

Saturday brought wind of six to eight knots from the east, which tapered off throughout the day, allowing for 10 races in each division. Sunday brought similar conditions with five to eight knots out of the east and northeast. While the Charles River is known for some outrageous conditions, it remained relatively logical throughout the weekend with corresponding shifts on each side of the course.

Junior captain skipper Cameron Cullman and senior crew Genoa Warner finished second in A division with three wins. Freshman skipper Graham Landy and junior crew Heather May captured the win in B division by 14 points, winning two races and finishing in the top five in 16 of the 18 races. Sophomore skipper Chris Segerblom and freshman crew Katherine Gaumond finished fifth in C division only two points out of third with three wins.

A third team of Bulldogs finished third at the southern series regatta hosted by Salve Regina in Newport, R.I. Sophomore skipper Max Nickbarg and freshman crew Sarah Smith finished in second in A division a mere seven points out of first. Freshman skipper Urska Kosir and junior crew Zachary Foreman finished fourth in B division.

Next weekend will be another busy one for the Bulldogs. They will return to team racing at the Southern New England Team Race at Connecticut College and the Mystic Lake Team Racing Invitational at Tufts in addition to fleet racing at the Boston University Trophy.

Report filed by Margot Benedict '12, Yale Sports Publicity 

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