AARHUS, DENMARK – Yale sailors represented a good chunk of the American sailors that competed at the sailing world championships in Denmark this week. Three young hopefuls all competed at this event for the first time in their Olympics careers, and with changing and challenging wind conditions, the regatta proved to be a difficult one, with many upsets and surprises in the top group as well as down the score sheet.
Recent alums Ian Barrows '17 and Mitchell Kiss '17 finished 54th overall sailing together in the 49er class, solidly center of the pack in the silver fleet. Barrows and Kiss have been putting most of their time into training on the water, this finish will show them what their strengths and weaknesses are and help direct their path to improving for the next two years. Barrows and Kiss finished 4th place among the other American boats.
Malcolm Lamphere '18 also competed in what is arguably the most difficult class, the laser. Lamphere's campaign is young, having only been out of school for a few months, yet he tested himself at the worlds, finishing 87th in the 164 boat fleet. Lamphere found great success at times, finishing in the top ten in two races, and posting a 13th place in another. While in the rest of his races he fell back into the fleet, these moments of glory will likely be a good confidence booster as he continues his training.
Veteran alumnus Stuart McNay '05 had the most successful regatta of our Yale athletes. McNay qualified the US for the Olympics in the 470 class, which is no easy feat in its own right. He clutched this spot before even entering the medal race, which was held today on the regatta's "stadium course." McNay and his partner David Hughes went on to finish 6th in the medal race, a race that counts double and cannot be dropped. This well executed finished moved him up from 9th to 7th place, and impressive finish among the best in the world.
McNay's success is shared also by two-time Olympian and fellow Bulldog Thomas Barrows '10, who coached McNay and Hughes at the event.
Check out results and media at https://aarhus2018.sailing.org.
Report filed by Nic Baird '19, Yale Sports Publicity