BOSTON – This weekend, the Yale coed sailing team braved snow, rain, ice and strong breeze to finish second at the Marchiando Trophy, held at MIT in Fireflies and FJs. The Bulldogs also placed fourth at the Camel Team race, hosted by Connecticut College, which was shortened to a one-day regatta because of Saturday's winter weather.
The Bulldogs arrived at MIT at 1 p.m. to a fleet of FJs and Fireflies covered in snow and raced until 6 to complete a full round of races. The race committee split the regatta in two for the first round to make the most use of their limited time, so the Bulldogs raced against seven of the total 16 teams on the first day. Their record after the first day was used to place them into the gold fleet for Sunday's racing.
After a completion round and a full gold fleet round robin, the Bulldogs ended the weekend with a 10-4 record, two wins behind the No. 6 Dartmouth Big Green. Competing were skippers seniors Ian Barrows, Mitchell Kiss, junior captain Malcolm Lamphere and sophomore Nic Baird with crews seniors Amelia Dobronyi, Chandler Gregoire and Isabelle Rossi de Leon and freshman Graceann Nicolosi.
Next weekend, a large portion of this group will head to Tufts University's notoriously shifty venue on Mystic Lake to vie for a spot at the 2017 ICSA Team Race National Championship. Only the top four teams at the New England Championship will earn berths to the nationals – a small number given eight of the top 15 team race teams in the country are in the New England district.
At Connecticut College, a young group achieved a fourth-place finish on the challenging Thames River. The three-boat team representing the Bulldogs comprised of juniors skipper Christopher Champa with crew Caroline Colwell, freshman skipper Chrissie Klingler and crew sophomore Kira Woods and freshman skipper Louisa Nordstrom with senior crew Charles Skoda.
To see full results from this weekend, visit http://scores.collegesailing.org/s17/.
Report filed by Natalya Doris '17, Yale Sports Publicity