Coed and Women’s Sailing Teams Welcome Class of 2018

Coed and Women’s Sailing Teams Welcome Class of 2018

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - After losing six graduating seniors this past spring, the coed and women's sailing teams are excited to welcome a talented and passionate group of five sailors who are expected to make a lasting impact on Yale sailing and the Yale community as a whole.

The Yale coed sailing team is coming off a season in which it won both the Team Race National Championship and the Fleet Race National Championship. Both the coed and women's sailing teams helped Yale earn the Fowle Trophy as the best all-around team in college sailing. 

Of the five new players this fall, three will be members of both the coed and women's sailing teams and two will be members of the coed team. The sailors represent four different states and a variety of sailing backgrounds as well as a diverse set of hobbies and interests.

Zachary Leonard '89, McNay Family Director of Yale Sailing, is excited about the incoming freshmen.

"There are some great young sailors who have a chance to really help our team over the next four years. I'm looking forward to working with all of them," says Leonard.

Here's a closer look at the incoming class:

Christopher Champa

Hometown: Weston, Mass.

High School: Belmont Hill School

Position: Skipper/Crew

Before Yale: Varsity Sailing Captain 2013-2014... Wianno Yacht Club Race Team... Cum Laude Society... Belmont Hill Jazz Ensemble.

Favorite thing about Yale: "The whole community is tightly knit and very welcoming."

Favorite thing about sailing for Yale: "Being able to get out on the water four times per week with great sailors and coaches."

Caroline Colwell 

Hometown: Orinda, Calif. 

High School: Miramonte High School 

Position: Crew

Before Yale: Co-Founder of Harambee East Africa, an organization that supports and interacts with local primary schools in rural Kenya... News Editor of Miramonte School paper, the Mirador. 

Favorite thing about Yale: "The opportunities, both educational and cultural, that the school provides."

Favorite thing about sailing for Yale: "Having an immediate family on campus that brings together a diverse group of students who support each other at Yale and beyond."

Casey Klingler 

Hometown: Larchmont, N.Y.

High School: Hotchkiss School 

Position: Skipper 

Before Yale: 2013 ISAF Youth Worlds Team… US Sailing Development Team 2013… 2014 varsity sailing team captain… Fleet Race New England Champion. 

Favorite thing about Yale: "I love the sense of community on campus."

Favorite thing about sailing for Yale: "Being around a group of such dedicated people." 

Katharina Knapp 

Hometown: Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y.

High School: Cold Spring Harbor High School

Position: Skipper/Crew

Before Yale: National Honor Society... Spanish Honor Society... Yale Book Award... AP Scholar with Distinction... National Merit Commended Scholar... First place in A division at the 2013 New York State High School Sailing Championship... Fifth place at the 2012 US Junior Women's Doublehanded Championship. 

Favorite thing about Yale: "Meeting people who are extremely interesting and passionate about what they do." 

Favorite thing about sailing for Yale: "Having the opportunity to practice with and learn from some of the best sailors in the country. Sailing on Long Island Sound." 

Malcolm Lamphere

Hometown: Lake Forest, Ill.

High School: Lake Forest High School

Position: Skipper

Before Yale: Club 420 North American Champion... US and Canadian National Radial Champion... Winner of the Cressy Trophy for placing first at the US High School Single-Handed Championship... First Place Illinois Association of Teachers Poetry and Prose Contest.

Favorite thing about Yale: "The opportunity to spend four years with an amazing faculty and student body."

Favorite thing about sailing for Yale: "Being able to get out on the water and enjoy Long Island Sound four times a week, while practicing with the top sailors in the country." 

Report filed by Natalya Doris '17, Yale Sports Publicity