September 9, 2012

No. 2 Bulldogs Begin Fall Season With Two Wins

NEW HAVEN, Conn - In a victorious weekend for the Bulldogs, the No. 2 Yale coed sailing team finished first in their home waters at the Harry Anderson Trophy, hosted at the McNay Family Sailing Center this weekend. The Bulldogs also finished first at the Pine Trophy hosted by the US Coast Guard Academy.

The Harry Anderson Trophy is the opening dinghy fleet racing regatta of the fall season. The team had a home advantage since the regatta is sailed at Yale's own facility in C420s. Racing on Saturday began with 12 knots of breeze from the South. As the breeze built throughout the day, the fleet raced in over 18 knots of wind with massive waves. With many capsizes on the downwind legs, the Bulldogs were able to remain in front simply by keeping their boats upright. Six races were sailed in these trying conditions. 

In contrast, Sunday began with only 4-7 knots from the North. Therefore, only two races in each division were completed before the breeze completely shut off. Despite these varying conditions, the Bulldogs remained remarkably consistent, never finishing out of the top ten in all eight races. 

In A division, the Yale team was led by junior skipper Marlena Fauer with crews Eugenia Custo Greig and Will Feldman. B division consisted of sophomore skipper Morgan Kiss with sophomore Urska Kosir crewing in the lighter wind, while Custo Greig sailed B division during Saturday's bigger breeze. 

At the US Coast Guard Academy, the Pine Trophy also experienced heavy wind, with readings ranging from 16 to 32 knots by lunchtime on Saturday. Sailing keelboats is unusual for most college sailing events, especially with such strong breeze, but the Bulldogs rose to the challenge and won three of the seven races sailed on Saturday. Sunday was much less dramatic with only 6 knots, allowing the race committee to complete only one race during the final day. The Yale team skippered by junior Chris Segerblom and crews Eric Anderson, Marly Isler and Max Nickbarg proved able in both conditions and finished the regatta with a nine-point lead on the second-place boat. This first place finish qualifies the Bulldogs for New England Sloop Championships held at New York Yacht Club Oct. 6-7. 

Next weekend the Yale coed sailing team will be sending a larger squad of four teams to compete across the Northeast at the Nevin's Trophy, the Hatch Brown Trophy, the Lake Champlain Open and the Boston Harbor Invitational.

 

Report filed by Katherine Gaumond '15, Yale Sports Publicity