The Yale sailing team placed seventh (tied for sixth) at the 38th Lynne Marchiando Trophy at MIT, finished fourth at the Jumbo Team Race at Tufts, and took 13th at the BU Trophy at Boston university this weekend. All three regattas faced challenging wind conditions that at times required anti-capsize safety measures that hindered the Bulldog's ability to show off the finess they have been working on in practice, but the team still performed valiantly despite the conditions.
Yale's Results and Team:
38th Lynne Marchiando Trophy – MIT (13/9)
The Bulldogs won 11 of their first 15 races in round 1 on Saturday, automatically moving them into the gold for round 2. The breeze was champagne conditions for team racing, beginning with a 5 - 8 knots breeze from the east that built to 12- 18 and clocked south over the course of the day. Sunday was less ideal, opening with a 15-18 knot wind that further built to 20 - 30 knots with gusts of up to 47. The fleet switched the Turbo Fjs to storm jibs and switched to reefed mainsails on the Fireflies, but the formidable wind made productive sailing extremely difficult. The Bulldogs went 2 - 5 in the gold round robin, a dissapointing ending to an extremely promising regatta. However, senior skipper Baird explained that on Sunday " there was more capsizing going on than racing, so [the team is] not too concerned" with the end regatta results. Sophomore skipper Harvey agrees, labeling Sunday "absurd."
Jumbo Team Race – Tufts (4/3)
The Bulldogs sailed at Tufts on Saturday in light and shifty winds, which required them to split their attention between team race strategy, wind management, and boat handling in Larks, a boat this team had yet to practice or race in so far this season. Still, the team was able to show off the hard work they've been putting in at practice and execute several crucial plays throughout the day. Sunday saw gusts in the upper 30s that blew unimpeded from the dam, which proved extremely difficult for the Larks, which were designed to be able to sail in even in the lightest of wind speed, to handle. The Bulldogs raced twice that day, the second of which was sailed without a jib, but both were ultimately thrown out when the regatta was canceled after the 60% capsize rate became too much for the umpire boats to manage.
BU Trophy – Boston University (193 points)
The development Bulldog team sailed a total of 16 races across both division in strong and shifty winds on the Charles River this weekend. Sophomore skipper Tipton and first-year crew Contomichalos placed 13th in A division with 86 points, while sophomore skipper Wolnikowski and first-year crew Rice also placed 13th in B division with a total of 103 points. The Bulldog's B division scores were significantly impacted by a DNF and an OCS in the last two races. A divison sailed eight races on Saturday while B division sailed six. Each divison sailed two more races on Sunday, but A division's races were eventually thrown out when the wind was deemed too high to allow for productive sailing.
Report filed by Becca Rose '21, Yale Sports Publicity