No. 1 Bulldogs Display Depth
BOSTON, Mass. – The No. 1 Yale coed sailing team put up an impressive show of depth this weekend, with strong results in three separate regattas. The Bulldogs placed second at the Hatch Brown at MIT, fourth at the Nevins Trophy at King's Point and sixth at the BC Central Series hosted by Boston College.
The three-division Hatch Brown Trophy was a war of attrition on the Charles River. Seventeen races were sailed in each division in classic, challenging shifty Charles River conditions. Saturday saw a ten to 18 knot southerly, while Sunday's breeze was a six to twelve knot westerly. The Bulldogs finished second, only nine points behind No. 3 Boston College, but 60 points ahead of No. 11 Navy.
Skipper junior Graham Landy with crews junior Katherine Gaumond and sophomore Charlotte Belling finished sixth in a competitive A division. In B division, senior captain Chris Segerblom and freshman crew Natalya Doris finished in fifth, only three points out of the top three. Freshman skipper Ian Barrows with crews Belling and freshman Meredith Megarry had an outstanding performance in C division. They finished first in their division by 42 points, finishing outside the top-five in only four of the 17 races, and never outside the top ten. Barrows commented that it was the "leadership from older teammates" that helped inspire his success.
The Nevins Trophy saw drastically different conditions than the Hatch Brown. Saturday's breeze started as an eight-knot southerly, however by the fourth race of the day it had increased to 27 knots with large waves, forcing race officers to call the regatta early. Sunday also saw strong breeze, albeit to a lesser degree, with a 15 to 18 knot northeasterly. The Bulldogs showed strength in this heavy breeze, finishing the regatta in fourth.
Junior skipper Morgan Kiss with senior crews Will Feldman and Amanda Salvesen finished second in a deep A division. Kiss noted "consistency was key" throughout the weekend, however "the really close racing was exciting and we were excited to finish the regatta with a good last set." Senior Max Nickbarg with crews senior Salvesen, junior Sarah Smith and freshman Isabelle Rossi de Leon showed that experience with a venue is key. A veteran sailor at King's Point regatta, Nickbarg and crews finished fourth in B division with the lowest points of Bulldog squad. Freshman Mitchell Kiss sailed Lasers in C division, making his debut with an eighth-place finish.
The Bulldogs at the Boston College Central Series finished sixth after nine races. Sophomores Eric Anderson and crew Megan Valentine placed thirteenth in A division while sophomores Marly Isler and crew Sanam Rastegar placed third in B.
Next weekend Yale will sail the St. Mary's Intersectional, the site of the 2014 ICSA National Championships.
Report filed by Katherine Gaumond '15, Yale Sports Publicity