KINGS POINT, N.Y. – After several wind delays, the Yale coed sailing team finished just four points out of first place at the Admiral's Cup at Kings Point and 10th at the Boston Dinghy Challenge Cup at MIT.
Just three races - the minimum number required to constitute a regatta – were sailed at the Admiral's Cup. Unusually light winds made for difficult sailing and meant that even one bad score could be a detriment to the overall result. Despite these stressful conditions, the Bulldogs sailed to an impressive finish.
The second-place team at this event consisted of skippers senior Mitchell Kiss, sophomore Nick Hernandez and junior captain Malcolm Lamphere in A, B and C divisions respectively with crews senior Clara Robertson and freshman Graceann Nicolosi. Lamphere sailed a Laser, which is a small single-handed dinghy.
Kiss and Robertson placed fourth in A division, while Hernandez and Nicolosi posted a division win in B with just nine points in three races. Lamphere placed third among the competitive Laser fleet in C.
At the Boston Dinghy Challenge Cup, also a three-division event, skipper freshman Dylan DiMarchi sailed A division with sophomore crew Kira Woods, junior skipper KB Knapp sailed B with junior crew Caroline Colwell, and senior Charles Skoda and junior Patrick Buehler sailed with senior crew Elizabeth Tokarz in C.
11 of the planned 18 races were sailed at this event on the Charles River due to light winds throughout the weekend.
Next week, the team is just entered in one event: the Coast Guard Alumni Bowl, which serves as the New England fleet race championship and national qualifier. The top nine placing teams will earn a berth to the national semi-final championship, which will take place in Charleston, S.C., in early June.
To see results from this weekend, visit http://scores.collegesailing.org/s17/.
Report filed by Natalya Doris '17, Yale Sports Publicity