April 21, 2011

No. 8 Bulldogs Set for Quieter Weekend

Bulldogs Take a Break From Qualifying

NEW HAVEN, Conn.—This weekend is a bit of a gap weekend for the No. 8 Yale coed sailing team as it is the last weekend of regattas that do not serve as qualifiers for National Championships and falls between New England Championships and National Semifinals. The Bulldogs will dabble in fleet racing at the Thompson Trophy hosted by Connecticut College and the Southern Series Six hosted by Salve Regina as well as in team racing at the Staake Trophy hosted by Roger Williams. After last weekend's epic conditions, the Bulldogs hope to take advantage of a quieter, less pressure-filled weekend and tune up for the qualifiers that will take place over the next few weekends.

One team of Bulldogs will travel up I-95 to Connecticut College for the Thompson Trophy. Sailing will occur on the shifty Thames River that enjoys its rivalry with the Charles River for crazy college sailing river venues. The event rotates between neighbors Connecticut College and Coast Guard. Because of its position sandwiched in between post season qualifying weekends, some teams sail their top combinations as a tune up while others give some of their teams time off to rest for the upcoming competitions. Thus, some of the Bulldogs will get the weekend off while others will treat the regatta as good preparation for the regattas still to come.

The Bulldogs will be represented by sophomore skipper Cam Cullman and junior crew Isabel Elliman and freshmen skipper Chris Segerblom and crew Amanda Salvesen, while the rest of the main teams will get the weekend off.  The Bulldogs finished 17th at the regatta last year.

Another team will travel to Bristol, R.I., for the Staake Trophy team race hosted by Roger Williams on Mt. Hope Bay. After a few weekends of fleet racing, the Bulldogs will return to the more mental and tactical college sailing activity. While it is on a bay, the sailing venue is like an open water site and can offer any number of sailing conditions. A few of the team members team raced at Roger Williams earlier in the season, allowing them to have a base of knowledge of the venue.

The Bulldogs will be represented by skippers freshmen Max Nickbarg and Will Feldman and junior Rob Struckett and crews juniors Margot Benedict and Stephanie Schuyler and senior Tatyana Camejo. The Bulldogs did not sail at the Staake Trophy last season.

A third team of Bulldogs will sail at the Southern Series Six hosted by Salve Regina in Newport, R.I. While the regatta is only Saturday due to the Easter holiday on Sunday, the Bulldogs will certainly have plenty of time to get some quality time out on the water in 420s in beautiful Newport.

Junior skipper Genoa Warner and freshman crew Maddy Yozwiak and freshman skipper Nace Cohen and sophomore crew Sinead O'Brien will sail for the Bulldogs who did not compete at the Southern Series Six last year.

While this weekend has less significance in terms of post-season sailing, it will offer many of the Bulldogs valuable time on the water, serving to tune the whole team up for the rest of the season.

Report filed by Margot Benedict '12, Yale Sports Publicity