NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The No. 1 Yale coed sailing team will sail the New England Match Racing Championships at Salve Regina this weekend, hoping to qualify for the ICSA Match Racing National Championship. Another team of Bulldogs will also sail big boats at the Storm Trysail Regatta at Larchmont Yacht Club. There is also a traditional collegiate dinghy intersectional, the Moody Trophy hosted by University of Rhode Island.
Yale won the New England Match Racing Championship last year, so the team will come into this weekend looking to defend its title. Match racing pits each team against each other in a one-on-one race, with each team facing each other in a round robin format. Match racing is a highly tactical style of racing, emphasizing communication between team members and clean boat handling. The top-two finishers from this event will qualify for the ICSA Match Racing National Championship at St. Petersburg Yacht Club in Florida, Nov. 22-24.
This weekend's qualifier will be sailed at Salve Regina in Ynglings. Senior captain Chris Segerblom will drive, with crew senior Max Nickbarg and sophomore Marly Isler. Isler and Nickbarg competed in Ynglings at Salve Regina at last weekend's Women's Olympian's Regatta, finishing second and gaining valuable information about the venue and the boats.
The Storm Trysail Regatta is a unique regatta in college sailing. It is designed to allow college sailors to experience racing in much larger keelboats instead of typical double handed dinghies. Owners donate their boats to be used and are present during the racing, giving advice to the young sailors. This weekend, the Bulldogs will sail a J105. Junior Sarah Smith, sophomores Eric Anderson, Henry Lewis and Astrid Pacini and freshman Clara Robertson will all get the opportunity to race in this one of a kind event.
Finally, a young team of Bulldogs will travel to the Moody Trophy at URI. The freshmen class will get to show their skills. Ian Barrows with crew Meredith Megarry will sail A division, while Mitchell Kiss and Natalya Doris will sail B division. Junior crew Katherine Gaumond will also travel with the team as a crew for stronger breeze.
All racing will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday. Follow results online at http://scores.collegesailing.org/f13/.
Report filed by Katherine Gaumond '15, Yale Sports Publicity