NEW LONDON, Conn. – A long stretch of training in St. Petersburg, Fla., last week, paid off for the Bulldogs this weekend. The Yale coed sailing team dominated at both regattas it entered, earning a perfect 14-0 record at the Friis Trophy and a 14-4 record at the NEISA-MAISA Team Race, four wins ahead of the second-place team. The women's team also won the Duplin Team Race at Tufts.
Sailing at the Coast Guard Academy were skippers seniors Ian Barrows and Mitchell Kiss, junior captain Malcolm Lamphere and sophomore Nic Baird with senior crews Natalya Doris, Chandler Gregoire, Clara Robertson and Isabelle Rossi de Leon.
This group sailed a perfect regatta, beating some of New England's top teams in difficult sailing conditions. On Saturday, a 5 to 12 knot northerly filled down the Thames River in the mid-afternoon following a long wind delay, allowing just enough time for the completion of a full round robin.
On Sunday, a light northeast wind lasted for less than an hour in the morning, after which racing was postponed for several hours due to lack of wind. Around 1 p.m., a 5 to 13 knot easterly filled, allowing for the race committee to complete a top six and bottom four. The current was a major factor on the racecourse on both days.
Former captain Kiss attributes the team's success this weekend to their ability to communicate well both within and after races. He furthers, "At this point in the season the team is totally focused on learning as a group as much as possible."
At Boston College, skippers juniors Christopher Champa and Casey Klingler, sophomore Nick Hernandez and freshman Dylan DiMarchi sailed with crews seniors Amelia Dobronyi, Isabelle Rossi de Leon and Charles Skoda and junior Caroline Colwell.
To see full results from this weekend, visit http://scores.collegesailing.org/s17/.
Next weekend, the Bulldogs head to MIT, Connecticut College and Boston University for the final weekend of team racing before the New England qualifier, which takes place the following weekend at Tufts.
Report filed by Natalya Doris '17, Yale Sports Publicity