Yale’s two varsity sailing teams won their three major regattas this past weekend, enjoying an auspicious start to the season.
The No. 2 coed team placed first at the Harry Anderson Trophy, hosted by Yale, and the Pine Trophy Sloop Elims, hosted by the Coast Guard Academy. The No. 1 women’s team won the Toni Deutsch Trophy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
At the Harry Anderson Trophy, the A division team took second place after eight races. On Saturday, the team consisted of skipper Marlena Fauer ’14 and crew Will Feldman ’14; on Sunday, it consisted of Fauer and crew Eugenia Custo Greig ’14. The B division team, skippered by Morgan Kiss ’15 with crew Custo Greig on Saturday, and Kiss with crew Urska Kosir ’15 on Sunday, took first place in eight races. Overall, the Bulldogs won by 11 points.
At the Pine Trophy Sloop Elims, a sloop event hosted by the Coast Guard Academy, the coed team was represented by skipper Chris Segerblom ’14 and crew Max Nickbarg ’14, Eric Anderson ’16, and Marly Isler ’16. After nine races, the Bulldogs finished in first place. The top four teams from the Pine Trophy qualified for the New England Sloop Championship in New York, which will ultimately be the qualifier for the Intercollegiate Sailing Association Sloop Nationals in Fort Worth, Texas.
The women’s team secured a first place overall victory in Boston. The A division team, which finished in second place, consisted of skipper Emily Billing ’13 and crew Amanda Salvesen ’14. The B division team, which finished in first place, consisted of skipper Claire Dennis ’13 and crew Kate Gaumond ’15.
These early victories suggest that the Bulldogs are picking up where they left off at the end of last year’s successful season, which ended with women’s team finishing second at Nationals, and the coed team finishing third at Nationals.
“We’ve had really good practices, trying to get continuity from last year, trying to get the ball rolling again,” Will Feldman ’14 said.
The teams lost important members of the class of 2012, but have acquired a strong group of six freshmen.
Segerblom said this year’s teams both have deep rosters with experienced sailors. He said he is confident about the teams’ prospects for this season.
“I think everyone has been super excited to get the season started,” he said, “and having a strong first weekend like we had this weekend bodes well for the future.”
Segerblom said that the members of the sloop team are putting added focus into qualifying for the Sloop Nationals, as the team has fallen just short of qualifying for the New England Championship in past seasons. Now that it has made it to the first stage, he said, it will put an increased emphasis on practicing match racing, a form of competition in which two boats race around a course. The team plans to practice hard so it can achieve a first place finish in the New England Sloop Championship and go represent Yale at the Nationals in Texas in November, Segerblom said.
While the team is enthusiastic about its victories, Cam Cullman ’13 added, “Everyone is a little rusty, and we realize we have a lot of work to do.”
Next weekend, the women’s team will compete at Dartmouth in the Mrs. Hurst Bowl Regatta, while the coed team will compete in the Boston Harbor Invitational, the Lake Champlain Open, the Hatch Brown Trophy and Nevin’s Trophy.