Yale University Wins College Sailing Team Race National Championship

May 31, 2015
Contact: Jen Vandemoer Mitchell | Toile à Voile for ICSA | media@collegesailing.org | 763-234-8286 m.
Photo credit: Robert Migliaccio


NEWPORT, R.I. (May 31, 2015) – Today was the third and final day of the LaserPerformance Team Race National Championship on Narragansett Bay. This event is the second of three collegiate sailing national championships co-hosted by Brown University, Salve Regina University and New York Yacht Club this spring. After three days of racing Yale University is the national champion and winner of the Walter C. Wood Trophy for the third year in a row.

The day began with completing the top eight round robin. Racing got underway around 9:30 a.m. Competitors sailed in FJs on digital N courses for the top eight and in Z420s for the final four round. The remaining 13 races were completed in the top eight round today. The conditions were cloudy with lingering rain and thunderstorms in the area. Winds started around 10-12 knots and by the end of the day a southwesterly sea breeze brought steady 15 knots with gusts around 20 knots.

The race officials kept the races going and by 1 p.m. the competitors were into the final four racing. A total of 154 races were completed in the event.

Today the teams were fighting to advance into the final four round. Due to the competitiveness of each team in this event, no one went through undefeated. Yale finished the top eight round with three losses, Boston College with two, Stanford University with four and College of Charleston with two. Then again in the final four everyone took a hit, but Yale came out on top.

“This is pretty amazing and it feels really good,” says Bill Healy, assistant coach for Yale University. “We have seniors on the team who missed qualifying for this event their freshman year and now they have gone on to win it three years in a row,” Healy says.

“We had good races against Charleston – who came out really strong – and good matches against Stanford and Boston College,” Healy says. “We wouldn’t have changed anything, the team really gelled and we had good crews on the land and the water,” he says.

This is Yale University’s third team race national championship title and Walter C. Wood Trophy win, having just won the event the last two consecutive years.

The winning team members are: Ian Barrows ’17, Graham Landy '15, Malcolm Lamphere '18, Clara Robertson '17, Natalya Doris '17, Christopher Champa '18, Katherine Gaumond '15, Charlotte Belling '16 and Meredith Megarry '17.

There were six races total in the final four and the winds had picked up to gusts around 20 knots, so a lot of teams were making substitutions and putting their heavy air crews in. Boston College went into the round strong winning their first two races, but lost their last race against Yale. Boston College finished the event in second place.

“We did pretty well today,” says Greg Wilkinson, head coach for Boston College. “It was great conditions today, we like it windy,” he says. But in the end Wilkinson applauds Yale for their win.

“The credit goes to Yale, they not only beat us in the event, but they beat us in every race we sailed against them,” Wilkinson says.

Sailing for Boston College was: William Bailey '15, Erika Reineke '16, Raul Rios '16, Katherine Wysocki '15, Elizabeth Barnard '15, Allison Ferraris '17, Katja Sertl '16, Alex Palfrey '17, Christopher Dwyer '15 and Domenic Bove '15.

Stanford finished the regatta in third place for the second year in a row. After sustaining losses in their first two races of the final four round they won their last race against College of Charleston.

“We were psyched to win big in our last race against Charleston to get our spot on the podium,” says John Vandemoer, head coach for Stanford. “We’re psyched to be on the podium for the second year in a row, but hope to win next time,” Vandemoer says.

“The best part of the event was how we started each morning with tough races but had solid starts to win those first races,” Vandemoer says. “Our seniors are also excited to have had the opportunity to finish on the podium for their last team race regatta in college,” he says.

“Every race was super close, there were no real blow outs,” says Vandemoer. “The top eight were really even and the top four were super even,” he says.

Sailing for Stanford was: Antoine Screve '16, Hans Henken '15, Kieran Chung '15, Haley Kirk '15, John Cannistraro '17, Samantha Steele '16, Daniel Ron '17 and Nicolette Obel '17.

Final Results, Top 8 (wins and losses)
1. Yale University, 21-4
2. Boston College, 19-6
3. Stanford University, 17-8*
4. College of Charleston, 17-8**
5. Georgetown University, 15-7
6. Roger Williams University, 14-8
7. St. Mary’s College of Maryland, 12-10
8. Tufts University, 9-13
* Number of races won when tied teams met (2)
** Number of races won when tied teams met (1)

To learn more about the teams competing in all of the events and to follow the racing and results visit the event website: http://2015nationals.collegesailing.org/.

A video feed, sponsored by LaserPerformance will be available for the LaserPerformance Team Race Nationals and live coverage and social media updates from collegesailing.org will also be available throughout the events. Gary Jobson and Chris Love Productions will be filming portions of the Gill Coed Nationals for an ESPNU segment, which will first air on Friday, July 10 at 5:30 pm ET.

The 2015 College Sailing National Championships are co-hosted by: New York Yacht Club, Brown University and Salve Regina University.

The Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) is the governing authority for sailing competition at colleges and universities throughout the United States and in some parts of Canada. Visit www.collegesailing.org to learn more.

The ICSA sponsors and partners through the 2014-2015 are: LaserPerformance (www.laserperformance.com), title sponsor of “LaserPerformance Men’s and Women’s Singlehanded National Championship”, title sponsor of “LaserPerformance College Sailing Team Race National Championship” and Official Boat Supplier of the ICSA Spring National Championships. Sperry (www.sperry.com), title sponsor of the “Sperry College Sailing Women’s National Championship”. Gill North American (gillna.com), title sponsor of “The Gill College Sailing National Championship”. Quantum Sail Design Group (www.quantumsails.com), official sponsor of the “Quantum Women’s College Sailor of the Year”. Marlow Ropes (www.marlowropes.com), presenting Sponsor of the “Marlow Ropes College Sailor of the Year Award” and “Official Rope of College Sailing”. Beneteau (www.beneteau.com), “Sponsor of the College Sailing Scoreboard”. North Sails (www.northsails.com), “Supporting Sponsor of the ICSA National Championships”. US Sailing (www.ussailing.org), “Supporting Sponsor of the ICSA National Championship Semi-finals”.