BOSTON – With skipper Ian Barrows out due to an injury, the No. 2 Yale coed sailing team saw the Atlantic Coast Championships as an opportunity to sail some of its up and coming members against the best teams of the east coast. The Bulldogs finished seventh – three points out of fifth – at the MIT-hosted regatta, despite having sat in first place after the first 10 races.
The breeze came from the northwest at the beginning of the day on Saturday and clocked left throughout the day, ranging between 5 and 12 knots in velocity.
Skippers sophomore Nic Baird and senior captain Mitchell Kiss sailed A and B division, respectively, on Saturday with crews freshman Graceann Nicolosi and senior Clara Robertson. The finished the day with leads in both divisions, an impressive feat given the absence of senior duo Barrows and Meredith Megarry.
On Sunday, skippers sophomore Nick Hernandez and junior Malcolm Lamphere sailed a steady 5-11 knot westerly with crews junior Caroline Colwell and senior Chandler Gregoire, in A and B division respectively.
The Bulldogs finished seventh in A division and sixth in B with all of the members' scores combined. They competed among the 18 best teams on the east coast.
While this was not the Bulldogs' best finish of the season, it was one of the most exciting. Five of the eight sailors that competed this weekend were underclassmen; many had never before sailed at regattas of this caliber.
With the fall season at a close, the Yale coed and women's sailing teams will take the next few weeks to rest and prepare for final exams. They will return in the spring, when they will kick things off at a warm location in the south for spring break training.
Some of the members will be sailing national and world championships in the off-season. Freshman Louisa Nordstrom will head to Aukland, New Zealand for the ISAF World Youth Championship in the 29er.
For full results, visit http://scores.collegesailing.org/f16/43rd-atlantic-coast-dinghy/.
Report filed by Natalya Doris '17, Yale Sports Publicity