Bulldogs Win Fowle Trophy, Finish Third at Nationals

Baird and Belling competing yesterday. Photo by Cynthia Sinclair.
Baird and Belling competing yesterday. Photo by Cynthia Sinclair.

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The Yale coed sailing team took home the prestigious Fowle Trophy, which is awarded to the best overall college sailing team each year. They placed a close third at the Gill Coed National Championship this week, finishing only nine points out of first. Georgetown and Coast Guard took first and second, respectively.

Juniors Ian Barrows and Meredith Megarry handily won A division with only 119 points. They led the team to a first place finish at the Team Race National Championship just days earlier. Barrows was a finalist for College Sailor of the Year, the most coveted individual award in college sailing.

In B division, skippers junior Mitchell Kiss and freshman Nic Baird competed with crews senior Charlotte Belling and juniors Clara Robertson and Isabelle Rossi de Leon. They placed sixth in their division.

Kiss comments, "Today it was really important to stay calm and execute everything we've practiced. We focused on getting off the line so we could get a clear lane as soon as possible. The fact that three boats were tied for second just seven points behind first going into the last race is a testament to the high level of the fleet. Placing third was a great achievement, and it helped us win the Fowle Trophy. We're so happy, and everyone on shore and at home contributed to this finish."

The Fowle Trophy was awarded to the Bulldogs two years ago, and the team is thrilled to reclaim the award that honors depth and consistency across six national championships throughout the 2015-2016 season.

The Bulldogs will resume competition in the fall. The coed squad is only losing one senior, All-American crew Belling, and the young team is already looking forward to the upcoming season.

Report filed by Isabelle Rossi de Leon, Yale Sports Publicity