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No. 1 Bulldogs Win First Major Team Race Interconference

Photo by Dylan DiMarchi '20
Photo by Dylan DiMarchi '20

The Yale sailing team entered the most events ever in its first full spring weekend of competition on March 1-3. A young team competed at its first team race regatta at the Hap Moore, while Yale's second team took a shot at New England's top competition at the Sharpe. Yale's top team won the Bob Bavier in an exciting final race.

 

Yale's Teams:

 

Bob Bavier – Charleston (17/2 record)

Shawn Harvey / Claudia Loiacono

Nick Hernandez / Catherine Webb

Nic Baird / Sonia Lingos-Utley

 

Sharpe Trophy - Brown (3/4)

Dylan DiMarchi / Anisha Arcot

Chrissie Klingler / Kira Woods

Louisa Nordstrom / Helena Ware

Cate Mollerus sailed with each skipper at some point during the event.

 

Hap Moore Team Race - Coast Guard (1/5)

Martin Tipton / Meredith Ryan / Katie Clulo

Christophe Chaumont / Alexandra Contomichalos

Sam Tobin / Mina Cezairli

 

Without two-time All-American and last year's NEISA crew of the year, Graceann Nicolosi, the Bulldogs were missing a key component to their No. 1 ranked racing team in Charleston. Most of the team had contracted serious illnesses the day before the event started, but they persisted and pushed through to win the event.

Yale beat out No. 5 Stanford in the last race of the event to go undefeated on Sunday and grab the win. The Stanford team has been on the water for a month, while the Bulldogs had not touched a boat since 2018. The Elis showed discipline in a challenging 1-5-6 combination in the final race of the event. Baird and Lingos-Utley drew a foul from Stanford at the final rounding mark, converting the 1-5-6 into a 1-4-5. Hernandez and Webb along with Harvey and Loiacono then showed their speed and play execution to pass two Stanford boats, finishing the race in a 1-2 combination. A strong performance from an early season Bulldog squad shows they are in a great spot to start the season.

 

At the Sharpe Trophy, some sailors saw their first opportunity to compete against top ranked teams in NEISA. Racing was cancelled on Saturday, and on Sunday sailors had to brush the snow off their boats, but they competed anyway. The squad proved their skill, taking down No. 8 Harvard and No. 13 MIT, while taking very close losses to No. 7 Dartmouth and No. 10 Bowdoin.

 

At the Hap Moore, a very young squad took on a tough regatta. They secured their first ever team race win against URI, but fell short in their other races. It was a fantastic experience for them to see what the top level of team racing looks like, and hopefully help them along their path to reaching that level.

 

Scores can be found at https://collegesailing.org/.

 

Report filed by Nic Baird '19, Yale Sports Publicity