BOSTON - The Yale coed sailing team proved its spot atop the rankings this weekend, winning the Hatch Brown Trophy at MIT, the Nevins Trophy at the US Merchant Marine Academy and the Central Series at Boston College.
The Hatch Brown and the Nevins Trophy are two of the more competitive regattas of the fall season, being held at tactically challenging venues – the Charles River in Boston and Kings Point, N.Y. Many of the nation's top teams send their best players in the hope of claim a trophy at the end of the weekend.
Sailing on the shifty Charles River were seniors Ian Barrows and Meredith Megarry in A division, sophomore Nic Baird and freshman Graceann Nicolosi in B and junior Casey Klingler with senior Chandler Gregoire in C.
Barrows and Megarry won a tight A division, edging out the No. 3 Charleston Cougars by one point.
Baird and Nicolosi placed third in B, a strong performance especially given that they were one of the younger boats in the division. Nicolosi was the only freshman in the top ten of B division.
In C, the all-female boat of Klingler and Gregoire placed fifth, losing a tie-breaker to the fourth-place BC eagles and just six points out of third. Klingler and Gregoire pulled off this result despite being one of the lightest boats in the fleet, sometimes feeling overpowered by strong breeze.
At Kings Point, the senior duo of Mitchell Kiss and Clara Robertson placed sixth in A division. Despite a tough start to the weekend, Kiss and Robertson stayed strong and climbed back to a respectable finish.
Sophomore Nick Hernandez and junior Caroline Colwell won B division in a dominating fashion, holding the top spot for the majority of the weekend. They finished 12 points ahead of the No. 20 Tufts Jumbos and 24 points ahead of the No. 9 Roger Williams Hawks.
At the Nevins, C division is sailed in a single-handed boat called a Laser. Junior Malcolm Lamphere, 2015 ICSA Men's Single-Handed National Champion, placed fifth this weekend after battling it out with the other sailors in the top five throughout the weekend.
At Boston College, two freshman skippers – Dylan DiMarchi and Chrissie Klingler – showed their potential. With the help and guidance of senior crews Amelia Dobronyi and Elizabeth Tokarz, the Bulldogs rose to a first-place finish, winning both A and B divisions. DiMarchi and Dobronyi sailed A division, while Kingler and Tokarz sailed B.
For full results, visit http://scores.collegesailing.org/f16/.
Report filed by Natalya Doris '17, Yale Sports Publicity