Sailing copes with reduced wind conditions



After an encouraging performance in last weekend’s Harry Anderson trophy at home, the Yale sailing teams hosted a regatta Saturday and traveled to four other schools this weekend. The Yale coed team is ranked No. 17 in the country; the women’s team is ranked No. 2.

The main event of the weekend was the Captain Hurst Bowl at Dartmouth, a two-day, coed team affair that 23 other schools attended. At press time, full results were only available for the first day of the regatta.

Yale sent Julie Papanek ’05 and Meredith Killion ’05 to sail “A” division and Molly Carapiet ’06 and women’s team captain Jenn Hoyle ’05 to sail “B” division in the Hurst. The Elis were 16th in “A” and 12th in “B” division at the end of the first day. “A” and “B” divisions’ combined rank were a middle-of-the-pack 13th. Nationally ranked No. 1 Harvard led at the end of the first day.

Yale finished the weekend 10th, with Carapiet and Hoyle fifth in “B” division, but full results were unavailable at press time.

Carapiet said she felt the team progressed over the weekend and learned how to handle situations with little-to-no wind.

“We learned a lot,” Carapiet said. “We improved throughout the weekend, and Jenn [Hoyle] and I had a really good day today.”

The Captain Hurst Bowl, like many events the Elis sail in, features fleet-style racing. In fleet racing, each school sends an “A” and “B” two-person boat, whose scores are combined for the final result. One point is awarded for first place, two for second, three for third, and so on, with the lowest combined score winning. In team racing, another kind of sailing in which Yale competes, schools send three boats each, which compete in single or double round-robin races.

Going into the weekend, Yale hoped to follow a solid fourth-place finish last weekend in the Harry Anderson Trophy. No. 11 Washington College won the Yale-hosted event, beating Harvard and nationally ranked No. 7 Tufts, the only other teams to finish ahead of the Elis in the 24-school, coed varsity regatta.

Carapiet said the team, though young, was ready to succeed.

“The team is doing great,” Carapiet said. “We have a really young team right now, and there’s a lot of energy on the team, but we want to improve, and we’re learning quickly, and we’re already doing well for how young of a team we are.”

Yale also traveled to the Great Herring Pond Open at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy this weekend. No results were available at press time.

Two freshman skippers got a big chance to shine this weekend. Emily Hill ’07, who sailed in “A” division and Kendra Emhiser ’07 who sailed in “B” division, led Yale to a fourth-place finish in the women’s Man-Labs Trophy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on Saturday. Sarah Himmelfarb ’06 and Natalie Kitchen ’06 crewed for Hill and Emhiser, respectively. Yale received 50 points in “A” division, just better than its 53 in “B” division. Each division sailed 12 races. Harvard won the regatta.

“We had a rough start, but we ended up doing really well,” Hill said. “It was a big jump because — the level of competition was very different [from pre-college sailing]. I don’t how many other freshmen there were in the fleet, but the other schools sent a lot of good women sailors.”

Yale also hosted a regatta of its own Saturday. The race was the first of this year’s “Southern Series” regattas that allow junior varsity sailors in Southern New England schools to gain experience. Yale sent two teams, one that finished first and raced against Brown, Roger Williams, Connecticut College, and Johnson and Wales. The second Yale team finished fourth.

The Women’s Captains Cup was Sunday at Tufts, but no results were available for press time.

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