NEW HAVEN, Conn.—The sailing team began their 2015-2016 with a win at the Harry Anderson Trophy hosted by Yale and a third place finish at the Women's Toni Deutsch Trophy hosted by MIT. This is the first time the Bears have won the Harry Anderson Trophy since its inception in 1974.
Eighteen of the country's top teams were treated to ideal conditions at the season's coed opener at Yale. Wind out of the east that ranged from 8-16 knots with big waves made for an exciting series of fifteen races in each division. Coast Guard quickly showed their dominance in these conditions, using their speed, technique, and athleticism to consistently put together top-3 finishes.
"Our speed was exceptional this weekend," said head coach Brian Swingly. "We made plenty of mistakes, which is expected at this point in the season, but were always able to grind back to a favorable position at the finish line by simply sailing the boat fast."
All-American seniors Avery Fanning and Robert Turley won A-Division by eight points over Boston College's Raul Rios, Allison Ferraris, and Fiona Walsh. The Bears duo won four of the fifteen races and finished outside of the top-10 only once. They finished with 64 points.
Women's All-American Nikole Barnes, Andrew Britton, and Anna Morin also won B-Division with 73 total points. Their margin over second place Ravi Parent, Caroline Salas, and Simon Bertocci of Boston University was fifteen points. Barnes, Britton, and Morin never finished outside of the top-10 and had three race wins.
The team combined for 137 points to take home the Harry Anderson Trophy over second place Boston College by 35 points. Boston College finished with 172 points. Boston University rounded out the top-3 with 199 points.
At the Women's Toni Deutsch Trophy hosted by Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Bears battled fourteen other teams from New England on the Charles River for the first regatta of the season on the women's circuit. The Bears started slow but closed strong, clawing their way back to a third place finish at the end of the event.
In A-Division, Dana Rohde and Hannah Herring finished fifth with 98 points. Kayla Ellis and Dyson Lord also finished fifth in B-Division with 86 points. The Bears totaled 184 points for third overall. Bowdoin College won the Deutsch Trophy with 156 points and Boston University was second with 178 points.
"The results this weekend demonstrate that we're focusing on the right things in practice for this time in the year," commented Swingly. "We're thrilled to start the season with two top three finishes, but have a long way to go and a lot of work to do before we reach our ultimate goals."