BOSTON, Mass – This weekend featured some of the most highly attended and most difficult regattas of the season for the Yale coed sailing team which competed in two, three division regattas as well as a two division event. Fielding a total of fifteen sailors without using any substitutes. It was a tough weekend for the Bulldogs, with conditions being variable all over New England.
At the Nevins Trophy, juniors Nick Hernandez and Kira Woods finished a respectable fifth place in A division, just eight points behind the second place finisher. The pair was penalized once for starting too early, inhibiting a very strong finish in A. In B division, sophomore skipper Dylan DiMarchi and first-year crew Sonia Lingos-Utley sailing in their first major interconference regatta finished thirteenth in B division. In C division competing in the laser class, Adam Wolnikowski ended in twentieth place in his first major event in an unfamiliar boat. Overall, the team finished seventeenth with 576 points after fifteen races.
At MIT, the Bulldogs had a much less exciting weekend that normal as the event was only able to complete three races in each division, the minimum required for completing a regatta. Junior skipper Nic Baird and sophomore crew Graceann Nicolosi, senior Casey Klingler and first-year Claudia Loiacono and first year Shawn Harvey sailing with senior KB Knapp finished seventh place overall with 84 points in 3 races per division. Notably, Harvey won the first race of the day, which was also his first ever college race, a good start to a hopefully successful career.
Finally, the Bulldogs were tenth at the Central Series hosted by Boston College on Saturday. First-years Nicholas Marwell and Kathleen Wells competed in A division while senior captain Claire Huebner sailed in B division with first-year crew Becca Rose.
Light and shifty winds dominated the region this weekend making racing particularly difficult for the Bulldogs. Next weekend the team with be even more stretched out, with the laser qualifiers for men and women taking place at Roger Williams and two major events happening at Tufts and at St. Mary's College of Maryland.
Find scores online at www.scores.collegesailing.org
Report filed by Nic Baird '19, Sports Publicity