NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale coed sailing team is preparing for its first regattas of the season this weekend. After two weeks of pre-season training, a young team looks to discover where it stands against other teams after a summer away from college sailing.
The team competes at home, at Roger Williams University and at the Coast Guard Academy this weekend. The events are called the Harry Anderson Trophy, the Mt. Hope Bay Invitational and the Pine Trophy, respectively. The Harry Anderson Trophy is the first major regatta of the year, though it now hosts only NEISA conference teams, as opposed to a selection of the best teams from around the country. The Mt. Hope Bay event allows some first-year sailors to get their first experience at a college regatta. The Pine Trophy, sailed in J70s, is a quarterfinal qualifier for the Match Racing Nationals.
Sailing for the Bulldogs at the Harry Anderson are two separate teams, one all-women and one coed team. On the women's team, juniors Louisa Nordstrom and Chrissie Klingler will sail in A and B divisions, respectively. Crewing for Nordstrom will be junior Graceann Nicolosi, and crewing for Klingler will be senior Kira Woods. Sailing for the coed team will be senior Nick Hernandez, skippering for sophomore crew Sonia Lingos-Utley and sophomores Shawn Harvey and Claudia Loaicono in B division. On reserve will be crews sophomore Cate Mollerus, and first-years Alexandra Contomichalos and Catherine Webb.
At the Mt. Hope Bay event, sophomore boat Martin Tipton and Mina Cezairli will sail A division while first-years Sam Tobin and Meredith Ryan will sail B division on Saturday. Sophomores Adam Wolnikowski and Katie Wells will sail B division on Sunday.
Conditions look to be rather windy both days, or at least a moderate breeze, from the north to northeast. That could cause shifty conditions in all venues.
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Report filed by Nic Baird '19, Yale Sports Publicity