No. 4 Bulldogs Continue to Thaw Skills Down South

Cam Cullman and Heather May (Photo Credit Rob Migliaccio)
Cam Cullman and Heather May (Photo Credit Rob Migliaccio)

Bulldogs Travel to Charleston Again

NEW HAVEN, Conn—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.

The Bulldogs will travel south to Charleston for the second weekend in a row, but this weekend will provide a rather different experience despite being at the same venue. While last weekend was a fleet race regatta like much of the fall season, this weekend will be a team race competition with three boats from one school directly taking on three boats from another school in a battle to accumulate the fewest finishing points. This is the format that a majority of the spring regattas employ so it will serve as the first step in what hopes to be a successful spring.

The team race format will also allow more Bulldogs to get time on the water with three pairs set to travel to the warmer waters. While the Bulldogs did not have the opportunity to team race much in the fall as they focused on perfecting their fleet racing skills, the three skippers, senior Joseph Morris, junior captain Cameron Cullman and sophomore Chris Segerblom, are the same from last year's team race team and have thus spent a lot of time on the water together. Crews freshman Katherine Gaumond, junior Heather May and senior Genoa Warner will sail for the Bulldogs.

While Segerblom and May traveled to Charleston last weekend, it will be the first regatta of the spring for the other Bulldogs. However, due to the unseasonably mild weather in New England the Bulldogs have all had some practice time on the water, making them better prepared for this season than others when snow and cold temperatures made sailing far too treacherous.

Despite temperatures in the 50s this week, the lone New England regatta scheduled for this weekend, the New London Snow Melt Fleet Race at Coast Guard on the Thames River in New London, Conn., had to be canceled. While temperatures are supposed to remain in the 40s this weekend, the forecast calls for high winds with a steady breeze of 20 to 25 knots and gusts to 40 on Saturday. The combination of the frigid temperature of the water and the predicted breeze would provide far too dangerous conditions so regatta organizers decided to cancel the event.

Sailors are set to report to Charleston at 9:00 a.m.

Report filed by Margot Benedict '12, Yale Sports Publicity