No. 1 Bulldogs Brave Extreme Wind Conditions, Finish Third

Baird and Nicolosi at the 2016 Hatch Brown Trophy (credit: Jody Lee)
Baird and Nicolosi at the 2016 Hatch Brown Trophy (credit: Jody Lee)

WAKEFIELD, R.I. – This weekend the Yale coed sailing team placed third at the Moody Trophy, seventh at the Southern Series 5 and completed a match race clinic in Newport, R.I., after sailing in a wide range of wind velocities and weather conditions.


Winds were light and variable on Saturday at the Moody – just three races were sailed in A division and two in B due to lack of wind. On Sunday, the competitors faced completely different conditions: northerly winds that built from 10 to 20+ knots throughout the day. Again, wind conditions limited racing, but Sunday's limited racing was due to excessively strong winds rather than light winds.


Sophomore skipper Nic Baird and freshman crew Graceann Nicolosi sailed in A division, while sophomore skipper Nick Hernandez with crews senior Chandler Gregoire and sophomore Kira Woods sailed in B.


With third- and second-place finishes in A and B division respectively, the Bulldogs achieved a solid third-place finish overall.


Thirty minutes down the road in Newport, R.I., a group of sailors – senior skipper Ian Barrows with crew senior Clara Robertson and junior Christopher Champa - attended a match race clinic in preparation for the New England Match Race Championship, which will take place next weekend at the same location.


Unfortunately, like the Moody, wind conditions limited the clinic, preventing the sailors from spending much time on the water with the exception of a few hours on Saturday. Despite this, they felt it was a "great opportunity to learn from a [match racing] expert," Robertson explains. They sailed in a Yngling, a boat larger in size than those sailed in single- and double-handed regattas.


She continues, "we definitely feel better [after the weekend] because we were able to familiarize ourselves with the boats, our jobs in the boats, and the starting and racing style" of the regatta they will sail next week.


At Yale, skippers senior Charles Skoda and junior Patrick Buehler with crews senior Elizabeth Tokarz and sophomore Claire Rossi de Leon sailed a combined-division event, together achieving a seventh-place finish.


Skoda and Rossi de Leon finished 11th overall, while Buehler and Tokarz finished 15th.


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Report filed by Natalya Doris '17, Yale Sports Publicity