Two Bulldogs Qualify for National Championship
BRANFORD, Conn. – The No. 1 Yale coed sailing team dominated this weekend, qualifying two sailors for the ICSA Men's Singlehanded National Championship, winning the St, Mary's Intersectional by over 100 points, and placing sixth at the Hood Trophy.
The New England Men's Singlehanded Championship was held at the McNay Family Sailing Center in Branford, Conn. Twenty-six boats came representing 13 schools and competing for the five NEISA berths to the ICSA Men's Singlehanded National Championship this November in Newport, R.I.. Three Elis competed at the event, sophomore Eric Anderson and freshmen Ian Barrows and Mitchell Kiss.
Conditions were light all weekend, only allowing ten races to be sailed. Anderson finished in 22nd. Barrows and Kiss battled at the top, finishing first and second respectively, only two points apart. Barrows, the newest New England men's singlehanded champion put up an impressive performance, especially at the end, finishing top-three the last five races and moving himself into first place. Kiss sailed an outstanding regatta as well, winning half of the races over the weekend. Barrows and Kiss will now move onto the ICSA Men's Singlehanded Championship in November along with other NEISA sailors from Harvard, University of Vermont and Coast Guard.
St. Mary's will be the host of this spring's team racing and coed fleet racing national championships, making the St. Mary's Intersectional this weekend important for training as well as competition. Luckily, the Bulldogs were able to excel in both areas, gaining valuable information about this year's nationals venue, and using this knowledge to win the regatta by over 100 points.
Saturday and Sunday both saw incredibly unstable conditions. Saturday's northeasterly fluctuated from four to 11 knots throughout the day, and Sunday's northerly was lighter but equally as unpredictable. While most of the fleet struggled to stay consistent in these trying conditions, Yale remained levelheaded.
Juniors skipper Graham Landy and crew Katherine Gaumond won A division by 30 points over the home team No. 7 St. Mary's, winning eight of the 18 races sailed. Equally successful was the B division squad of senior captain Chris Segerblom with crews sophomore Charlotte Belling in races 1-12 and junior Sarah Smith in races 13-18. They won their division by 40 points, winning seven races during the weekend. Belling said her boat was focusing on simply "getting off the line cleanly and constantly communicating about pressure."
The Hood Trophy hosted by Tufts was the other intersectional of the weekend. The Bulldogs finished sixth out of the 18 teams competing. Seniors skipper Marlena Fauer and crew Eugenia Custo Greig finished third in a tight A division while senior skipper Max Nickbarg with freshmen crews Natalya Doris and Meredith Megarry finished eighth in B division.
Next weekend the Bulldogs will head to one of the most competitive intersectionals of the fall: the Danmark Trophy hosted by the US Coast Guard Academy.
Report filed by Katherine Gaumond '15, Yale Sports Publicity