SAILING: Elis qualify during windy weekend

A nearly windless Saturday postponed much of the scheduled action, resulting in a wild Sunday packed with racing for the coed and women’s sailing teams. But when all was said and done, both teams qualified for the Atlantic Coast Championships.

The No. 1 coed team placed third at the 73rd Annual Professor Schell Trophy, hosted by MIT. The Elis came in five points behind second-place Tufts University and 11 points behind regatta winner Dartmouth. With the third-place result, Yale joined six other teams in clinching a berth to the ACCs, which will take place in Charleston starting Nov. 16.

Skipper Graham Landy ’15 and crew Katherine Gaumond ’15 finished in second in the A division to carry the team. The duo won three of nine total races and improved steadily throughout the day on Sunday, with the junior tandem capturing two of the final three races on the Charles River.

Landy said that he was especially pleased with the performance due to the abnormal wind conditions in Boston.

“It was a pretty unstable direction on the Charles River,” Landy said. “It was a pretty wild day and something we generally can’t practice for down here so our performance was quite good considering the difficulty of the day.”

In B division, captain and skipper Chris Segerblom ’14 along with crew Sarah Smith ’15 helped Yale sail to a fourth-place finish. Although the two had two poor performances in the final three races, they still finished just one point out of third place.

Other members of the coed team were also on full display at the Yale Corinthian Yacht Club in Branford, Conn. Yale hosted the Dave Perry Trophy and fielded two teams, named the Elis and the Bulldogs. The Elis had the upper hand, squeaking out a victory on home waters, while the Bulldogs settled for 11th place.

Skipper Max Nickbarg ’14 along with crew Meredith Megarry ’17 sailed to a fourth-place A division finish, but it was the B division group that carried the Elis to victory.

In the B division, the trio of skipper Marly Isler ’16 and crews Clara Robertson ’17 and Isabelle Rossi de Leon ’17 dominated the waters and came away with a first-place result in their respective division. The three underclassmen won half of the regatta’s twelve races, including a streak of four in a row.

“Despite the fact that the regatta this weekend was not extremely competitive, it felt amazing to have so many first place finishes and to come out on top especially with a young team,” Rossi de Leon said. “It was great to see [Isler], [Megarry] and I holding our own against older collegiate sailors.”

Meanwhile, the squad sailing as the Bulldogs struggled. Skippers Urska Kosir ’15 and Henry Lewis ’16 were joined by crews Amelia Dobronyi ’17 and Natalya Doris ’17 in A division, concluding the regatta with a tenth-place finish. Skipper Eric Anderson ’16 and crews Megan Valentine ’16 and Chandler Gregoire ’17 sailed in B Division for the Bulldogs. The B division group finished in 11th place.

As for the unanimously No. 1 ranked women’s team, Yale sailed its way to a fourth-place finish at the Victorian Coffee Urn. Although the result snapped a five-regatta winning streak, the finish was enough to qualify for ACCs, which will be held in Ithaca, NY, two weeks from now.

With Saturday’s racing pushed back, the seven races on Sunday were filled with pressure and excitement. The duo of skipper Marlena Fauer ’14 and crew Eugenia Custo Greig ’14 won B division by 13 points. Fauer, who is also captain of the team, said she was pleased with the performance.

“We’re just happy that we qualified for ACCs, which is most important,” Fauer said. “We’re trying not to think so much about the [fourth place] result, but instead just focusing on sailing well and doing the best that we can.”

Yale’s A division team also held its own, as skipper Morgan Kiss ’15 and crew Amanda Salvesen ’14 finished tied for seventh in the 18-school regatta. Kiss and Salvesen demonstrated impressive consistency, finishing outside the top-10 in just one of the seven races.

Next weekend’s action will be limited to just two events across both teams, as Kosir will compete at the ICSA Women’s Singlehanded Championship for the women while Ian Barrows ’17 and Mitchell Kiss ’17 will sail in the ICSA Men’s Singlehanded Championship for the coed team.

Both events are scheduled to take place this coming weekend in Newport, R.I.

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