Team Heads to U.S. Naval Academy For Fall Finale
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The No. 8 Bulldogs travel out of district to the U.S. Naval Academy for the season-ending Atlantic Coast Championship. The regatta will bring together the top teams from across the eastern seaboard for a preview of the action likely seen at next spring's ICSA national championship.
All three Atlantic Coast conferences — New England, Mid-Atlantic and South Atlantic — will send teams to the event. The regatta will use both of Navy's fleets of FJs and 420s. The Bulldogs did not attend the Navy Fall Intersectional this year, but most of the team has experience on Chesapeake Bay. For Annapolis, Md., natives Joseph Morris and Amanda Salvesen, the regatta is a chance to return home. The pair, a junior and freshman, respectively, will start in A division for the Bulldogs. Both sophomore Cameron Cullman and freshman Chris Segerblom, who split driving duties at last weekend's Schell Trophy, will travel as potential B division skippers. Senior Blair Belling will be on-hand to crew for Cullman and senior Elizabeth Brim will crew for Segerblom. Sophomore Rafael Fernandez will be ready to hop in should the weather turn breezy.
The Bulldogs took fourth at last year's Atlantic Coast Championship, sailed at Harvard. Hurricane Ida wreaked havoc on the event, bringing torrential rain on Saturday and no wind on Sunday. With the goal of a championship on their minds, the Bulldogs have spent the week at the McNay Family Sailing Center racing both FJs and 420s to prepare for Navy's venue.
Racing begins Saturday at 9:00 a.m.
Report filed by Andrew Kurzrok '11, Yale Sports Publicity