NEW LONDON, CONN – The Yale coed sailing team neared the half-way point in their season this weekend where they looked to come out with a strong finish at all three events, but came short of where they would have liked to be. Poor weather and poor conditions hindered the completion of racing on Saturday at all events.
The Bulldogs won't be very happy with an eleventh place finish at the Danmark Trophy, an event they won handily last year. While the performance is not something the Bulldogs were hoping for, it should give them a good indication on what to improve on when gearing up for the Atlantic Coast Championships that conclude the fall season. It also has notably been the most difficult event of the season so far as far as attendance by top teams. Senior Casey Klingler and first-year Claudia Loiacono finished sixteenth in A division and first year Shawn Harvey sailing with senior KB Knapp ended the weekend in sixth in B division.
Rain and difficult wind conditions were the story at the Smith Trophy at MIT, where the Bulldogs finished fourteenth. It's always a learning experience sailing on the Charles River, an infamously tricky venue. That was the goal for the all first-year team of Nicholas Marwell, Emery Wallace, Martin Tipton and Kathleen Wells, who finished ninth and thirteenth in A and B division, respectively.
The Hewitt Trophy at Dartmouth was the team's strongest showing this weekend, with a respectable fourth place finish led by senior captain Malcolm Lamphere and sophomore Graceann Nicolosi scoring only thirty two points in A division, coming in second place. Sophomore Louisa Nordstrom and senior Christopher Champa came in sixth place in B division, winning a three-way tie breaker to defeat last years singlehanded national champion from Boston College. Sophomore Dylan DiMarchi and first-year Cate Mollerus finished seventh in C division.
Many of the Bulldog sailors will get the weekend off next weekend, and the team will have a chance to rest, learn, and continue to improve towards the back half of the fall season.
Find full results at www.scores.collegesailing.org
Report filed by Nic Baird '19, Yale Sports Publicity