The Yale sailing team stuck to its well-worn script for success this weekend, easing to comfortable margins of victory in three of its four regattas and finishing on the podium in the other.
The No. 1 Bulldog coed team breezed to first-place team finishes in the Danmark Trophy at the Coast Guard Academy and the Hewitt Trophy at Dartmouth, while grabbing a bronze in the Jesuit Interconference at Fordham. Further, the No. 3 Yale women’s team continued its winning ways from last week with a top-to-bottom annihilation of the competition at the Regis Bowl at Boston University. The Elis swept both divisions, and the scores combined to beat second-place Boston College by 50 points. Skipper Casey Klingler ’18 and crew Kira Woods ’19 won the A division comfortably with 39 points, and skipper KB Knapp ’18 and crew Claire Huebner ’18 had no problems in the B division, putting up a superb total of 33 points.
“Two wins in a row is definitely a great sign for our team looking towards the rest of the season,” Huebner said. “The fall is a time where our team tries out a lot of combinations of different sailors at different regattas in different positions … We have lots of great options of who to sail where moving forward towards the end of the fall and into the spring.”
Coming off a down weekend by their high standards, with no wins in their two team regattas, the Eli coed team rebounded in resounding fashion. At the Danmark Trophy, the nearest competitor lagging at the heels of the Yale fleet was host Coast Guard, fifty points off Yale’s winning total of 148.
The veteran duo of skipper Ian Barrows ’17 and crew Meredith Megarry ’17 finished in a narrow second in the A division behind a strong Coast Guard boat and a nautical mile ahead of third-place MIT. In the B division, skipper Nic Baird ’19 and the combination of crews Natalya Doris ’17 and Graceann Nicolosi ’20 edged Roger Williams to grab a first place finish. They finished with a score of 74 points, the same total that Barrows and Megarry contributed to the balanced Eli team effort.
“Winning every division is not how to win regattas,” Baird said. “We know that if we consistently do the right thing, someone might beat us in a division by taking more risks, but overall the less risky style of sailing will win.”
The theme continued at the Hewitt Trophy, where the strength and depth of the Yale team was on full display. With three divisions of racing in the regatta, as opposed to the more typical two, six Bulldog sailors contributed to their 44-point victory. The three-division format gave the Eli sailors more time to analyze the race course and how the wind patterns played out on the water, as only two divisions sail at a time.
The extra time clearly paid off for an experienced Yale squad. Skipper Nick Hernandez ’19 and crew Caroline Colwell ’18 were just edged out in the A division by Coast Guard and Vermont, who tied for first with 55 points, three ahead of the Eli duo’s total. Captain Mitchell Kiss ’17 and crew Clara Robertson ’17 blew the competition out of the water in the B division, finishing 15 points in front of second-place BU, and skipper Malcolm Lamphere ’18 and crew Amelia Dobronyi ’17 snagged a solid silver in the C division.
“All the sailors in each division did a good job of communicating the factors and patterns that they were noticing out on the water,” Hernandez said. “It was important to always have speed and to ensure our transitions in and out of breezes were good.”
At the Jesuit Interconference, a familiar opponent foiled Yale as the Tufts Jumbos rolled to another victory after defeating the Bulldogs twice a week ago. Hosts Fordham also reached the podium ahead of a young Eli squad, which finished in a respectable third.
Skipper Dylan DiMarchi ’20 and crews Julia Greenberg ’20 and Isabelle Rossi de Leon ’17 ended up fourth when the dust settled in the tight pack at the top of the A division. Christine Klingler ’20, the only female skipper to sail for the coed team this weekend, and crew Claire Rossi de Leon ’19 finished third in the B division.
“We have a pretty deep team this year, which is somewhat unusual for us,” head coach Zach Leonard ’89 said. “Many of the schools we compete against usually have this sort of depth, but it’s harder to achieve at an Ivy … [We have] a group of 6 senior crews, all of whom are exceptionally talented sailors, which has allowed us to be deeper than we ever have been before. That depth makes practices better and helps raise everyone’s level.”
This marks the second time in three weeks that the Yale fleet has won three regattas, finishing third in the other.