2011-12 Yale Coed Sailing News

August 10, 2012
Bulldogs Conclude Competition at Olympics
Sarah Lihan ’10 and Stu McNay ’05 concluded racing in their events at the 2012 Olympic Games this past weekend. Lihan, who sailed with Connecticut College graduate Amanda Clark in the women’s 470 class, entered Saturday’s medal race in ninth place out of 20 nations and that is where she ultimately finished. McNay and his crew, Graham Biehl, missed qualifying for the men’s 470 medal race by a mere five points, solidifying them in 14th place out of 27 nations after 10 races.

July 27, 2012
Let the Games Begin
As undergraduates, Yale alumni Sarah Lihan ’10 and Stuart McNay ’05 proved themselves to be some of America’s best collegiate sailors, garnering numerous ICSA All-American and honorable mention awards and leading Yale to several top finishes at the nationals. Now, just a few years out of college, these Bulldogs find themselves at home amongst 380 of the world’s best sailors at the Olympic sailing village in Weymouth, England.

June 8, 2012
No. 3 Bulldogs Finish Third at Nationals
While rankings often fall far away from the mark, college sailing coaches can pat themselves on the back for this year’s final coed rankings as the top-three finishers at the ICSA Dinghy National Championships finished exactly as the coaches predicted with Georgetown in first, Roger Williams in second and Yale in third. The Bulldogs will bring the Metropolitan Sailing League Trophy, which has been awarded to the third place team at nationals since 1971, back to New Haven.

June 7, 2012
No. 3 Bulldogs in Second Headed Into Last Day of Nationals
The biggest enemy for the No. 3 Yale coed sailing team on the second day of the ICSA Dinghy National Championships was not one of the other teams on the water. Instead, Mother Nature played the role of spoiler, only offering enough breeze for four races to be sailed in each division. The Bulldogs took full advantage of the few races moving from fourth to second heading into the last day of the championships.

June 6, 2012
No. 3 Bulldogs In Fourth After First Day of Nationals
The No. 3 Yale coed sailing team received a warm Texas welcome on the first day of the ICSA Coed Dinghy National Championships with hot and humid temperatures on Lake Travis outside of the state capital. The Bulldogs are currently in fourth place after six races in each division.

June 5, 2012
No. 3 Bulldogs Set For National Championships
After the longest post season in recent memory, the No. 3 Yale coed sailing team is finally on its way to Austin, Texas, for the ICSA Dinghy National Championships. The regatta will be held over three days, June 6-8, on Lake Travis, right outside of the Texas capital. After more than three weeks of preparation, the Bulldogs are eager to hit the water and start working their way towards their first national championship since 1975.

May 14, 2012
No. 3 Bulldogs Punch Ticket to Texas
The No. 3 Bulldogs solidified their successful season with a second place finish at the ICSA Western Semi-Final Championship, securing a spot at the ICSA National Dinghy Championships in Austin, Texas June 6-8. The Bulldogs were consistent across the two divisions, proving that they are one of the teams to beat in the Lone Star State early next month.

May 10, 2012
No. 3 Bulldogs Sail For Nationals Berth
Classes are finished and exams are complete but the No. 3 Yale coed sailing team still has work to do. The Bulldogs will head to the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., for the ICSA National Semifinal Championships the weekend, the last stop on the trip to the National Championships in Austin, Texas June 6-8.

April 29, 2012
No. 1 Bulldogs Collect New England Awards
The No. 1 Yale coed sailing team just missed qualifying for the National Team Race Championships in the highly competitive New England region, finishing fifth at the Fowle Trophy hosted by MIT on the Charles River. The Bulldogs also finished fourth at the George Morris Trophy up the river at Boston University.

April 26, 2012
No. 1 Bulldogs Team Race for Spot at Nationals
The No. 1 Yale coed sailing team will once again return to the Charles River in Boston, its home away from home this season, in hopes of securing a spot at the ICSA Team Race National Championships. The Bulldogs will compete at the New England Team Racing Fowle Trophy hosted by MIT as well as at the George Morris Trophy hosted by Boston University, just up the river.

April 23, 2012
No. 1 Bulldogs Capture Thompson Trophy
The No. 1 Yale coed sailing team took this weekend seriously despite the fact that no qualifying spots were up for grabs, capturing the Thompson Trophy at the Coast Guard Academy. The Bulldogs also finished 11th at the Admiral’s Cup at Kings Point.

April 19, 2012
No. 1 Bulldogs Set to Sail at Academies
Although the No. 1 Yale coed sailing team has a weekend off from qualifying for post-season championships, it will not be taking a break, as teams will sail at two nearby venues. One team of sailors will head to Coast Guard for the Thompson Trophy while another team will head to Kings Point for the Admiral’s Cup, a three-division regatta.

April 16, 2012
No. 1 Bulldogs Qualify For National Semifinal Championships
The No. 1 Yale coed sailing team captured third place at the New England Dinghy Championship hosted by Harvard on the Charles River, qualifying for the National Semifinal Championships. The Bulldogs also placed seventh at the Oberg Trophy hosted by Northeastern University at the Boston University sailing venue and fifth at the Short Beach Invitational on home waters in Branford.

April 12, 2012
No. 1 Bulldogs Sail For Spot at Semifinals
The No. 1 Yale coed sailing team will head north to Harvard to sail at the New England Dinghy Championships, the qualifier for the National Semifinal Championships in four weeks time. Another team will also head up to Beantown for the Oberg Trophy. A third team will host the Short Beach Invitational at the McNay Family Sailing Center.

April 8, 2012
No. 1 Bulldogs Finish Second at the Friis
The No. 1 Yale coed sailing team claimed second place at the Marchiando Friis Team Race hosted by Tufts on Mystic Lake in Medford, Mass., missing out on first by only one win despite a lineup change. The Bulldogs also finished fourth at the Admiral Alymers Trophy hosted by Massachusetts Maritime Academy on Great Herring Pond in Buzzards Bay, Mass.

April 5, 2012
No. 1 Bulldogs Take Winning Streak to Bay State
The No. 1 Yale coed sailing team will look to continue its three-week win streak at the Marchiando Friis Team race hosted by Tufts and MIT in the Boston Area. The Bulldogs will also sail at the Admiral Alymers Trophy at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy in Buzzards Bay, Mass.

April 2, 2012
No. 1 Bulldogs Continue Winning Ways
Despite coming off two weeks of fleet racing regattas, the No. 1 Yale coed sailing team displayed well oiled team racing gears, taking the win at the Southern New England Team Race hosted by Connecticut College on the Thames River. The Bulldogs also finished third at the Mystic Lake Team Race and fifth at the Boston University Trophy.

March 29, 2012
No. 1 Bulldogs Return to Team Racing
The No. 1 Yale coed sailing team will look to follow up on last weekend’s fleet racing victories at the Ivy championship and the Boston Dinghy Cup with strong team racing. While the Bulldogs have focused on fleet racing for the past two weekends, they are well prepared for this weekend due to the time put in on the water over spring break and at practice over the past two weeks. The Bulldogs will compete in two team racing regattas, the Southern New England Team Race and the Mystic Lake Team Racing Invitational, and one fleet race regatta, the Boston University Trophy.

March 25, 2012
No. 1 Bulldogs Claim Ivy Trophy and Boston Dinghy Cup
The No. 1 Yale coed sailing team asserted their recent top ranking, capturing the Owen, Mosbacher and Knapp trophies, claiming sailing’s ivy trophy at the McNay Family Sailing Center in Branford. The Bulldogs also dominated the Boston Dinghy Cup, a highly competitive three-division regatta hosted by MIT, and finished third at the Southern Series One at Salve Regina in Newport, R.I.

March 22, 2012
No. 1 Bulldogs Sail For Ivy Honors
The No. 1 Yale coed sailing team has a busy weekend ahead. Coming off the win at the Truxton Umsted Interconference last weekend, the newly top-ranked Bulldogs will vie for the Ivy championship trophy this weekend at the McNay Family Sailing Center. Members of the team will also compete at MIT at the Boston Dinghy Cup and at Salve Regina at the first southern series regatta of the season.

March 18, 2012
No. 2 Bulldogs Win Despite Lack of Breeze
The No. 2 Yale coed sailing team captured the prestigious Truxtun Umsted Intersectional at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. by a whopping 28 points, demonstrating their depth and adaptability despite the light breeze. Another team of Bulldogs finished a close fifth at the tightly contested Veitor Trophy at the Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn.

March 15, 2012
No. 2 Bulldogs to Sail at Service Academies
The No. 2 Yale coed sailing team will look to exhibit its impressive depth this weekend at the four-division Truxton Umsted Memorial Interconference Regatta hosted by the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. The Bulldogs will also compete at the three-division Veitor Trophy at the Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn.

March 12, 2012
No. 2 Bulldogs Finish Fifth at St. Mary’s Team Race
The No. 2 Yale coed sailing team had a fantastic first day at the St. Mary’s Team Race but struggled a bit on the second day, leading to a fifth place finish. While Sunday was frustrating the Bulldogs showed that they are one of the team racign teams to beat as they won numerous races against other top-ranked teams.

March 9, 2012
No. 2 Bulldogs Head North
The No. 2 Yale coed sailing team will leave warm, sunny Florida, where the Bulldogs have spent the last week, and head to Maryland for the St. Mary’s Team Race hosted by St. Mary’s College of Maryland. After a long week of intense training in the sunshine state, the Bulldogs are well prepared for a weekend of team racing against some of the best teams in the country.

March 4, 2012
No. 4 Bulldogs Sail to Third in Warm Waters
The No. 4 Yale coed sailing team, represented by four women this weekend, sailed past far bigger combinations in some stiff breeze to place third at the Eckerd Intersectional hosted by Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Fla. The Bulldogs were able to steadily improve their scores, despite the building breeze, finishing with their strongest four races of the regatta.

March 1, 2012
No. 4 Bulldogs Set Sail on Spring Break
While the No. 4 Bulldogs have already claimed their first win of the season, capturing last weekend’s Bob Bavier team race, they still need some more time on the water to get back to their peak performance level. They will get the chance over the next week as they will travel to St. Petersburg, Fla., for a week of sailing in the warm water and sunshine. Four Bulldogs will compete at the Eckerd Intersectional hosted by Eckerd just around the bend from where the rest of the team will have team race practice with notable alumni, including two Olympians.

February 26, 2012
No. 4 Bulldogs Capture First Team Race Regatta of the Season
The No. 4 Yale coed sailing team proved to the college sailing world that they are the team racing team to beat with a team race season opening win at the Bob Bavier Team Race hosted by the College of Charleston on the Cooper River. The Bulldogs were able to remain consistent over both days to take the win.

February 23, 2012
No. 4 Bulldogs Continue to Thaw Skills Down South
For the second weekend in a row, the No. 4 Yale coed sailing team will travel to the warmer waters of Charleston, S.C. The Bulldogs will sail in the Bob Bavier Team Race, the first team race regatta of the spring season. This weekend will provide another warm-up for the Bulldogs as they head into the heart of their spring season.

February 20, 2012
No. 3 Bulldogs Shed Rust in Charleston
While the No. 3 Yale coed sailing team gets to practice at one of the best venues in college sailing, Short Beach in Branford, Conn. has one big disadvantage this time of year: it is in the Northeast where winter, while mild this year, is still in force. The Bulldogs traveled to warmer waters this weekend with only one day of practice under their belts, finishing seventh at the Charleston Spring Intersectional hosted by the College of Charleston.

February 16, 2012
No. 3 Bulldogs To Get An Early Start This Spring
It has been three full months since the Yale coed varsity sailing team put its boats in the shed and wrapped things up for winter. While it seems like winter has yet to come, the Bulldog sailors sincerely hope that it is not just delayed because, for some of the team, practice is scheduled to recommence on Thursday. Last year the team couldn’t even consider on-the-water practice until more than two weeks later than this; however, not only does the weather seem more cooperative this year, but the team is scheduled to compete in its first regatta this upcoming weekend. Two coed skippers and two crews will be flying to Charleston, S.C., on Friday evening to get there in time for the Charleston Spring Intersectional, which is to begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday.

February 5, 2012
Cameron Cullman Named Coed Sailing Captain
The No. 3 Yale coed sailing team elected junior Cam Cullman as the 2012 captain on Tuesday in the Varsity room at Ray Tompkins House. This marks the first change in the captain’s position in two years as senior Joseph Morris filled that role for both 2010 and 2011. Cullman has long been a strong contributor to the sailing team and was most recently crowned the Men’s Singlehanded National Champion.

January 22, 2012
Olympic Yalies Ready for First Test of 2012
One month after establishing themselves as two of America’s next Olympians, Yale alums Stuart McNay ’05 and Sarah Lihan ’10 are ready to return to the race course; however, this time with the pressures of the Olympic trials process behind them. There may be many new pressures, but whether or not they will be racing in London this summer is no longer a question.

December 4, 2011
Yale Alums and Head Coach Work Together Towards Olympic Goals
For athletes with dreams of representing their nation at the Olympic Games, the last three and a half years, if not more, have been spent toiling on the campaign trail. For America’s top Olympic-minded sailors, all of that hard work has been focused on achieving peak performance at an event that begins this weekend- the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) Sailing World Championships. Beyond serving as the primary event at which sailors can qualify their country for a berth at the Olympics, the ISAF Worlds, being held this year in Perth, Australia, serve as the second and final step of the American process for determining which individual sailors will represent the United States at the 2012 games.

November 13, 2011
No. 1 Bulldogs Finish Fall Season In Fifth
While it was not exactly the finish the No. 1 Yale coed sailing team was looking for when they headed up to Cambridge, Mass., for the Atlantic Coast Championships, a fifth-place finish at the highly competitive regatta will send the Bulldogs into the offseason with a solid result and plenty of things to work on for the spring. The regatta was hosted by Harvard and marked the end of the Fall 2011 season.

November 9, 2011
No. 1 Bulldogs Head to Atlantic Coast Championships
The No. 1 Yale coed sailing team will finish up the successful Fall 2011 season at the Atlantic Coast Championships this weekend, hosted by Harvard on the Charles River. The Bulldogs hope to close out the season on top and give themselves a boost headed into the offseason.

November 6, 2011
Cullman Captures National Singlehanded Championship
Junior Cameron Cullman took the windy city by storm this weekend, capturing the ICSA National Singlehanded Championship by 27 points. Remaining remarkably consistent despite the varying conditions, Cullman added further confirmation that the Yale coed sailing team deserves its current No. 1 ranking.

November 3, 2011
Cullman Set to Sail in ICSA National Singlehanded Championship
Junior Cameron Cullman will represent the No. 1 Yale coed sailing team this weekend at the Men’s National Singlehanded Championships at the Chicago Yacht Club. Cullman destroyed the competition at the New England Championship held a month ago and will look to improve on his third-place finish from the 2010 National Singlehanded Championships.

October 30, 2011
No. 1 Bulldogs Show Strength of All Classes
The success of the No. 1 Yale coed sailing team this weekend bodes well for its success in both the near and more distant future. The Bulldogs finished third at the top regatta of the weekend, the Erwin Schell Trophy hosted by MIT on the Charles River, qualifying them for the Atlantic Coast Championships, and crushed the competition at the Freshman New England Championships at Connecticut College, winning by over thirty points. The Bulldogs also finished third and seventh at the Dave Perry Trophy at the McNay Family Sailing Center in Branford.

October 28, 2011
No. 1 Bulldogs Sail For Spot at Atlantic Coast Championships
The No. 1 Yale coed sailing team will begin its fall postseason push this weekend at the Schell Trophy hosted by MIT in Cambridge, Mass. The Bulldogs will also host the Dave Perry Trophy at the McNay Family Sailing Center in Branford and travel to the Nickerson Trophy, the Freshman New England Championships, hosted by Connecticut College in New London, Conn.

October 24, 2011
No. 3 Bulldogs Fight Mother Nature to Top Finishes
The biggest foe of the No. 3 Yale coed sailing team this weekend was not the best teams in college sailing, but Mother Nature herself who once again limited the wind and hindered racing. This was particularly true at the Sherman Hoyt Trophy hosted by Brown where the Bulldogs finished second. Boston offered more wind on Saturday but a rather dismal Sunday but the Bulldogs were able to fight to a fourth place finish at the Oberg Trophy hosted by MIT and were also able to take home the win at the Boston College Invitational.

October 20, 2011
No. 3 Bulldogs Sail Across New England
The No. 3 Yale coed sailing team will look to carry the momentum from last weekend’s victory at Navy into the final month of the season, starting with the Sherman Hoyt Trophy at Brown, the Oberg Trophy at MIT and the Boston College Invitational this weekend. Capturing the Navy Fall Intersectional last weekend was a confidence boost for the Bulldogs, but the team will look to build off of that victory and prove that last weekend was the norm rather than a fluke.

October 17, 2011
No. 3 Bulldogs Win Navy Fall Intersectional
The No. 3 Yale coed sailing team returned to New Haven with exactly what they had set out on Friday to achieve: victory at one of the most competitive regattas of the fall, the Navy Fall Intersectional. Another team of Bulldogs also sailed successfully, capturing fifth place at the Captain Hurst Bowl, hosted by Dartmouth in Enfield, N.H.

October 13, 2011
No. 3 Bulldogs Set to Sail to the Top in New England and Mid-Atlantic
This weekend the No. 3 Yale coed sailing team will sail in top regattas in both the New England region and the Mid-Atlantic region. One team will sail at the four-division Navy Fall Intersectional, one of two four division regattas of the year, while another team will head north for the Captain Hurst Bowl hosted by Dartmouth in Enfield, N.H.

October 9, 2011
No. 6 Bulldogs Exhibit Prowess In All Kinds of Boats
The No. 6 Yale coed sailing team had another successful weekend on the water, once again remaining in the top three at all of the events. Junior Cameron Cullman dominated the New England Singlehanded Championships, the big boat team finished third at the Storm Trysail College Big Boat regatta and a third team of Bulldogs finished third at the Moody trophy, the lone traditional college sailing regatta of the weekend.

October 6, 2011
No. 6 Bulldogs Set For Big and Small Boats
After showing their prowess in doublehanded sailing last weekend, the No. 6 Yale coed sailing team will take to the water in two different types of boats this weekend for the Men’s New England Singlehanded Championships and the Storm Trysail College Big Boat Regatta. The Bulldogs will also sail in the familiar FJ at the Moody Trophy.

October 3, 2011
No. 6 Bulldogs Finish in the Top Three in All Three Regattas
The No. 6 Yale coed sailing team had a very successful weekend finishing in the top three in the three regattas they sailed in across New England. The Bulldogs finished third at the highly competitive Danmark Trophy hosted by the Coast Guard Academy and at the Mystic Lake Invitational as well as winning the Connecticut College Invite.

September 29, 2011
No. 6 Bulldogs Hope For Return of Wind
With more wind predicted for the weekend, the No. 6 Yale coed sailing team will hopefully be able to display its talents on the water far more than last weekend, when mother nature vastly limited the number of races at all of the four regattas the Bulldogs sailed at, including preventing any sailing at one regatta. The Bulldogs will send teams to three regattas this weekend including the Danmark Trophy at Coast Guard and the Connecticut College Invite, both in New London, Conn., on the Thames River and the Mystic Lake Invitational hosted by Tufts in Medford, Mass.

September 26, 2011
No. 1 Bulldogs Battle Mother Nature
With the entire East Coast lacking wind, the No. 1 Yale coed sailing team did not get much of a chance to get out on the water. Despite sailing in four regattas, none of the Bulldogs sailed in more than eight races finishing third at the Hood Trophy, sixth at the Salt Pond Invitational and just outside the top four at the New England Sloop Championships. The sailors at the Chris Loder Trophy did not even get an opportunity to sail.

September 22, 2011
No. 1 Bulldogs Gear Up For Busy Weekend
The No. 1 Yale coed sailing team will look to rebound from an off weekend by spreading across New England and sailing in four different regattas, in three different types of boats. One team of Bulldogs will sail at the Hood Trophy hosted by Tufts in Larks. A second team will look to qualify for the National Sloop Championships at the New England Sloop Championships hosted by Boston College in Sonars. A third team will travel to the University of New Hampshire for the Chris Loder Trophy in FJs. A fourth team will also be sailing in FJs at the Salt Pond Invitational hosted by the University of Rhode Island.

September 19, 2011
No. 1 Bulldogs Continue to Shed the Rust
The No. 1 Yale coed sailing team struggled in their first weekend at the top of the national rankings, but although the results were not exactly what the team would have liked, they did gain some very important time on the water in places they will return to later in the season. The Bulldogs finished 11th at the Hatch Brown Trophy hosted by MIT, tenth at the Nevins Trophy hosted by King’s Point and eighth at the Boston Harbor Invite hosted by Boston College.

September 15, 2011
No. 1 Bulldogs Spread Across Northeast For Second Weekend
Last weekend’s great results propelled the No. 1 Yale coed sailing team from fifth to first in the national rankings. The Bulldogs will hit the water for the second weekend of the fall season after a week of correcting any issues that appeared in the first weekend of racing. The Bulldogs will travel to Cambridge, Mass., for the Hatch Brown Trophy, King’s Point, N.Y., for the Nevins Trophy, and Boston, Mass., for the Boston Harbor Invitational.

September 14, 2011
Bulldogs Named Coed Sailors of the Week
The No. 5 Yale coed sailing team got further assurance that their season is starting off on the right track as sophomore skipper Chris Segerblom and crews senior Margot Benedict and junior Heather May were named the New England Intercollegiate Sailing Association’s coed sailors of the week.

September 12, 2011
No. 5 Bulldogs Sail to Third at Home
The No. 5 Yale coed sailing team put in a solid weekend of the water, taking the first step of the 2011-2012 seasonal trek. With competitions in both the fall and the spring, the first weekend of the fall is utilized as a jumping off point and as the first check in on how one’s training is going. With several strong finishes, the Bulldogs aptly showed their strengths and also determined the areas they need to work on. The Bulldogs hosted and claimed third place at the Harry Anderson Trophy, while also collecting great results across New England.

September 8, 2011
No. 5 Bulldogs Return to the Water With Full Force
The No. 5 Yale coed sailing team will hit the water for the first weekend of the 2011-2012 season primed and ready for what lies ahead as they attempt to solidify their place among the top teams in the country. Rather than slowly working their way into the season, the Bulldogs will jump right in with three regattas, sailing at the lone coed intersectional held at Yale, the Harry Anderson Trophy, as well as at the Coast Guard Academy in the Pine Trophy Match Race and at Roger Williams at the Mt. Hope Bay Invitational.

August 28, 2011
Bulldogs Ranked Fifth in Pre-season Poll
The Yale coed sailing team will start out the fall season ranked number five in the country. Despite receiving the second most first place votes, the Bulldogs are ranked behind No. 1 Boston College, No. 2 Georgetown, No. 3 Roger Williams and No. 4 Charleston.

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