Yale sailors face six-regatta weekend

This weekend, the sailing teams will be only slightly less busy than last weekend.

After seven regattas last weekend, Yale sailors will participate in six different races on Saturday and Sunday.

Last weekend was a tremendous success for both programs just in their second varsity season. Molly Carapiet ’06 won the New England single-handed women’s championship at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Oct. 6 and will travel to the national championships in Houston this November.

This weekend, skipper Carapiet and crew Sarah Himmelfarb ’06 will travel with Deniz Ozgenc ’04 and Marie Bewley ’04 to the Women’s Intersectional at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. The competition will last two days.

Intersectional competitions involve more than one sailing conference. Yale will be one of the few teams from the New England Intercollegiate Sailing Association in Annapolis. Most competitors will come from the Middle Atlantic Intercollegiate Sailing Association.

Carapiet said she hoped to do well in one of her first major college regattas.

“This is my first intersectional sailing ‘A’ division, so I hope to sail my best,” Carapiet said.

Also this weekend, the Coast Guard Academy in New London will host the Hap Moore team race, which stretches over both Saturday and Sunday.

Team racing involves three boats per school instead of the two common in regular regattas, and the team with the highest number of points wins. In standard regatta racing, the low score wins.

Arthur Kinsolving ’03, who will skipper one boat in New London, said the Bulldogs were largely untried in team racing so far this year, but he still hoped to do well.

“We haven’t sailed together in a team race event this year, but our speed is good, so it looks like we have a fairly good chance of doing well,” Kinsolving said.

Joining Kinsolving will be captain Stu McNay ’04, Brandon Wall ’03, Jennifer Hoyle ’05, Kate Littlefield ’04 and Meredith Killion ’05.

Carapiet agreed. She said the team’s practice has included team racing to prepare for the Hap Moore.

“We’ve been practicing team racing a lot this year, and we’ve shown a lot of improvement, so I think we’ll do well,” Carapiet said.

This weekend also will feature the Ivy League Championships at the University of Pennsylvania. Derek Keil ’03 and Mike Renda ’04 will sail in Philadelphia this weekend.

Brown University, which intends to participate in the Ivy League Championships, is also hosting two regattas in Rhode Island.

One of the competitions at Brown is the Southern Series Five on Saturday. This race is the fifth in a group of contests for southern New England schools. Erik Hayward ’04, Nell Larson ’05, Edward Stewart ’03 and Natalie Kitchen ’05 will sail for Yale.

Kitchen said she is looking forward to the race.

“These are fun regattas, so I’m excited,” Kitchen said. “We’re hoping to keep improving. Overall, we’re trying to push up our scores even though we’re ranked pretty well as it is.”

Brown also will host the Freshman Series Five on Sunday. Courtney Cox ’06 and Newland Baldwin ’06 are among those who will sail for Yale. The list of sailors was not finalized Thursday.

Cox is very optimistic about the team’s prospects.

“It looks pretty good. I think the team’s been improving all season long, and I think I personally am sailing better,” Cox said.

MIT will host the Smith Trophy on Sunday. Melissa Bailey ’04 and Sebastian Shea ’04 will be among the Elis participating.

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