NORFOLK, Virg. – The Yale Coed Sailing team finished in an impressive third place in the Gil Coed Eastern Semifinal, coming only one point behind the second place team in challenging breeze conditions. The Bulldogs are looking to face light wind conditions in the championship regatta.
The Bulldogs sailed valiantly in marginal breeze that grew to hiking conditions over the course of the day. The heat and humidity tested the athleticism of the sailors, who also had to focus on shifting their boathandling techniques and managing the venue's current. Five races in each division were sailed during day 2, totalling 20 races sailed across both divisions over this 2 day event.
Sailing in A division for the Bulldogs was junior skipper Nic Baird and crews sophmore Graceann Nicolosi and first year Sonia Lingos-Utley. Crews are allowed to switch divisions once per event, a rule that McNay Family Director of Sailing Zachary Leonard took advantage of by having Nicolosi and Lingos-Utley also sail several races in B divison alongside skippers first year Shawn Harvey and senior Malcolm Lamphere and senior crew Kb Knapp.
The Bulldogs finished with 99 points overall, scoring a mere one point higher than the second place finishing team Roger Williams. The sailors accrued 46 points in A division and 53 points in B division, placing second and fourth in their classes respectively. The scores from this semifinal do not carry over to the championship regatta.
Follow the scores at https://scores.collegesailing.org/s18/gill-coed-national-championships/ or watch the livestream coverage hosted by the Intercollegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) on their facebook page.
Report filed by Becca Rose '21, Yale Sports Publicity