SAILING: Bulldogs travel to Boston to win Hatch Brown and Regis trophies


A windless weekend didn’t stop the Bulldogs from competing in five regattas. They won the Hatch Brown and Regis Trophies, and Nicholas Davies ’24 qualified for the men’s national solo championships later this fall.

Melanie Heller

23:54, 20 Sep 2021

Contributing journalist

Courtesy of HDFA Photography

In Boston, the Bulldogs won first place in the Hatch Brown Trophy hosted by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, finished first two in the Boston University Regis Trophy and placed 12th at the Tufts Invitational.

Additionally, Nicholas Davies ’24 placed third in the Monotype Trophy at Boston College, qualifying him for the Laser Nationals later this season. The Yale sailors also competed in the Barnett Trophy in Bowdoin, Maine, where they finished fourth.

The air was still across New England on Saturday making it nearly impossible to race. After the first day, only three of the five regattas had started and of those regattas, only 12 races were completed, according to the Inter-collegiate Sailing Association website. At the Hatch Brown Trophy hosted by MIT on the Charles River in Boston, breathtaking weather interrupted competition for the day.

“The competitors went out four times without anything lasting,” noted MIT sailing master Franny Charles in the official regatta summary. “All competitors must do the wind jig [Sunday] Morning.”

Prayers for the wind were answered as sailors were able to compete in a total of 15 races in three divisions on Sunday. At the end of the day, the Bulldogs edged out Roger Williams University by one point to win the Hatch Brown. Yale also won the 2019 Hatch Brown Trophy.

Also in Boston, the Bulldogs sent two teams to the Regis Women’s Trophy. Similar to Hatch Brown, the event hosted by Boston University saw no racing on Saturday due to the calm air.

“It was frustrating not being able to navigate [Saturday], but that’s part of the nature of a sport that depends on the wind, ”Helena Ware ’23 wrote to News. “[Sunday’s] the weather was fine though – a good mix of windy conditions so you had to be on your guard!

Taking full advantage of Sunday’s favorable conditions, the Bulldogs dominated the competition. Yale’s first boat – made up of skipper Carmen Cowles ’25 and crew Meredith Ryan ’23 on Fleet A, and skipper Emma Cowles ’25 and crew Ware on Fleet B – finished in all three first in all races of the regatta except one, leading them to finish in first place in the general classification. Mia Nicolosi ’25 and Ximena Escobar ’25 helped lead the Bulldogs’ second boat to second place. Yale’s performance this year at the Regis marks an improvement from its fifth place finish in the 2019 iteration of the regatta.

Yale also sent two sailors – Davies and Petru Neagu ’23 – to compete in the Monotype Trophy, which was hosted by Boston College this year. The Monotype is the New England Intercollegiate Sailing Association’s single-handed championship, or NEISA, which means the top four boats, each of which holds only one sailor, qualify for the national regatta later this fall. Sophomore Davies placed third in the competition behind Brown and the US Coast Guard Academy, netting his ticket to the ICSA Laser Nationals. In 2019, Yale hosted the Monotype, and Davies and Neagu were also asked to participate in the event. They finished seventh and eleventh respectively.

Further up the coast in Brunswick, Maine, the Bulldogs faced the Barnett Trophy hosted by Bowdoin.

After a victory at the Pine Trophy last weekend, Nathan Sih ’25, freshman, was delighted to gain more varsity sailing experience this weekend at Barnett. Instead of racing on J70 keelboats like the Pine, the Barnett Trophy competition consisted of Flying Junior, or FJ, dinghies, which only had two sailors on board compared to the four sailors on the J70.

“It was amazing to be in Maine this weekend and experience varsity sailing for the first time,” Sih told Yale Athletics. “I had a great time with the team and it was great fun to run. “

With Ben Markert ’23, Sih won the A division of the regatta. Their efforts pushed the Bulldogs to a fourth place overall behind Harvard, Bowdoin and Tufts in a slip of their victory at the event in 2019.

The five regattas concluded Yale’s second sailing weekend this fall – Yale won two regattas last weekend and last weekend, giving them four wins in total this month.

Yale sailors won the NEISA Sailor of the Week award for their success in the first weekend of competition. Teddy Nicolosi ’24 and Anisha Arcot ’23 won the mixed NEISA award for their prowess at the Harry Anderson Trophy played at home in Branford. With their help, the Elis placed first in the regatta.

On the women’s side, the early years Nicolosi and Escobar also received the honors of the NEISA Sailor of the Week for their hard work at the Toni Deutsch Regatta on the Charles River. Although the Bulldogs finished in third place overall, the pair topped Division B with a 31-point lead over their division’s second-place boat.

Next weekend, the Bleu et Blanc will compete in four regattas. While some sailors stay home to compete in the Yale Invite, others will head north for the Tuft’s Hood Trophy, the Mrs. Dartmouth Hurst Bowl and the Brown’s Hoyt Trophy. In 2019, Yale won the Hoyt and swept the home podium.