NEW HAVEN, Conn – The newly ranked No. 1 Yale coed sailing team will be out in full force this weekend, sending teams to three regattas across the Northeast. The Bulldogs will be competing in the Hatch Brown Trophy hosted by MIT, the Nevin's Trophy at King's Point and the Boston Harbor Invitational at Boston College.
After a successful weekend at the Harry Anderson, the Bulldogs rose to the top of Sailing World's College Rankings. This victory was earned with many of Yale's top sailors sitting out for the weekend, showing the team's depth and talent. However, with three competitive events this weekend, the Bulldogs will be able to display their complete strength throughout the team.
The Hatch Brown Trophy at MIT will be sailed on the Charles River, a venue infamous in college sailing for its difficult to predict shifts and pressure differences. The regatta will be sailed in FJs and Fireflies. Fireflies are a relatively new boat in college sailing. Luckily, many of the Bulldogs became familiar with the Fireflies when sailing at the Charles River Team Race last May. The Bulldogs will use this experience across the new class during the regatta. All three divisions will have to switch between the two boats, forcing the Bulldogs to be able to adapt quickly between races. The team will consist of skippers senior Cameron Cullman and sophomores Morgan Kiss and Graham Landy with crews sophomore Urska Kosir, junior Heather May and freshman Sanam Rastegar. Rastegar will be making her college sailing debut.
The Nevin's Trophy hosted at US Merchant Marine Academy King's Point is also a three division regatta. Switching between both FJs and 420's will be junior skippers Marlena Fauer and Chris Segerblom with crews freshman Charlotte Belling and junior Eugenia Custo Greig. King's Point is a unique venue in that it also has a full fleet of Lasers as well. Junior Max Nickbarg will be sailing Lasers in C division for the Bulldogs, using the weekend as a great practice opportunity for New England Singlehanded Qualifiers next weekend. The Nevin's Trophy will be Belling's college sailing debut as well.
The team traveling to the Boston Harbor Invitational hosted by Boston College will be led by skippers junior Will Feldman and freshman Marly Isler and crews freshman Emily Johnson and junior Marissa Pettit. This event will also be the debut for Johnson and Pettit.
All racing will begin at 9:30 am on Saturday. Scores will be available at http://scores.collegesailing.org.
Report filed by Katherine Gaumond '15, Yale Sports Publicity