Saturday and Sunday, the Charles River was a source of mixed results for the Yale sailing team.
The Yale coed sailing team finished third in the Erwin Schell trophy in Boston, qualifying for the coed Atlantic Coast Championships Nov. 16-17 in Charleston, S.C. while the women’s team finished a disappointing 11th in a field of 16 at the Victorian Coffee Urn regatta.
Stu McNay ’04, the coed captain, and crew Kate Littlefield ’04 and Ross Anderson ’03, who sailed in the A division at the Schell regatta, which the Massachussetts Institute of Technology hosted, finished third in their division. Brandon Wall ’03 and crew Meredith Killion ’05, sailing in the B division, finished second in their division.
Zack Leonard, the sailing teams’ Head Coach, said he was pleased with the performance.
“I think we showed up and competed to win at the Schell Trophy, and that’s the first time we’ve done that this year,” Leonard said. “I think we’re probably going to do pretty well in the following weekends.”
The Schell, however, was only one of the two major regattas on the Charles River that Yale participated in this weekend. Julie Papanek ’03 and Sarah Himmelfarb ’06 came in eighth in the A division of the Victorian Coffee Urn regatta, while Grace McGeoch ’04 and crews Jessica Miller ’04 and Elizabeth “Sunny” Larson ’03 finished 11th in the B division.
The women’s team was sailing without New England Women’s Singlehanded Champion Molly Carapiet ’06, who will travel to Houston next weekend for the Women’s Singlehanded Nationals, Yale’s only major regatta that weekend.
Larson, who is the captain of the women’s team, said that the team was satisfied with its performance overall. Larson stressed the importance of gearing up for the ACCs.
“Even with the cold weather and shorter fall days it’s very important for us to keep up the intensity for our final weeks of practice,” Larson said.
The Yale freshmen finished ninth in the Nickerson Trophy, falling just four points short of eighth place and a spot in the freshman Atlantic Coast Championships. The Massachusetts Maritime Academy hosted the regatta.
Leonard said that he was very pleased with the freshmen’s results.
“I was very encouraged by the freshmen results and I thought they’ve improved a ton this year,” Leonard said.