October 27, 2013

No. 1 Bulldogs Win Fourth Intersectional of the Season

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The No. 1 Yale coed sailing team posted another win this weekend, placing first at the Sherman Hoyt Trophy hosted by Brown. Yale also finished 13th at the Oberg Trophy at MIT.

 

Strong breeze was forecasted for the weekend at Brown, whose fleet of heavy 420s with large sails require a lot of muscle to sail in heavy wind. Both A and B division began with their lighter-air crews. Junior skipper Graham Landy sailed with junior crew Katherine Gaumond in races one and two in A division, with senior skipper Chris Segerblom starting with sophomore crew Charlotte Belling as well.

 

However, the breeze quickly picked up, gusting up to 23 knots from the South. Senior crew Will Feldman substituted in for A division, and freshman Ian Barrows made his crewing debut in B division. Feldman commented, "the day really became a test of fitness." Barrows agreed, summing up his first collegiate crewing experience with one word: "tiring."

 

The Bulldogs finished the day in first, but only a few points ahead of home team Brown. However, Yale only extended its lead on Sunday, winning the regatta by an impressive 58 points over just 12 races.

 

Landy sailed with Gaumond again for the first two races of Sunday, then moving to Feldman. They won A division by 15 points, finishing outside the top-ten only once. Segerblom started the day with junior crew Sarah Smith, and then moved to Belling for the remainder of the day. They won B division by 13 points.

 

This victory marks the fourth major intersectional victory for Yale, having won the Harry Anderson, the St. Mary's Intersectional, the Danmark, and now the Hoyt as well.

 

Due to an injured Max Nickbarg, the line-up for the Oberg was changed last minute, and the Southern Series was dropped. The freshman team of skipper Mitchell Kiss and crews Natalya Doris and Isabelle Rossi de Leon placed 12th in A division. Sophomore skipper Marly Isler with freshman crew Clara Robertson placed 11th in B division and sophomore skipper Eric Anderson with crews Doris and sophomore Megan Valentine placed 13th in C division.

 

A full rotation was completed in breezy conditions on the Charles River. The young team adapted well, with many of the sailors sailing MIT's Fireflies for the first time in their college career.

 

Next weekend the Bulldogs will sail the Erwin Schell Trophy at MIT to qualify for the Atlantic Coast Championships.

 

Report filed by Katherine Gaumond '15, Yale Sports Publicity

 

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