No. 2 Bulldogs to Sail at Service Academies

No. 2 Bulldogs to Sail at Service Academies
Bulldogs to Compete at Navy and Coast Guard

NEW HAVEN, Conn.—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.

The Bulldogs are perfectly built for the Truxton Umsted, which is affectionately referred to as "Trux." One of the biggest regattas of the spring, it is well known for its top-notch sailing. Unlike most regattas, which are either team race regattas or two-division regattas, Trux has four divisions of sailing. A and B division sail in doublehanded boats, alternating between FJs and 420s, while C division sails in the singlehanded Laser and D division sails in the singlehanded Laser Radial. The Bulldogs showed their strength in a competition of this format by winning the Navy Fall Intersectional during the fall season.

The Bulldogs will return the same skippers as those who won the fall regatta with some slight crew changes. Senior Joseph Morris will skipper A division with sophomore Chris Segerblom skippering B division. Junior captain Cam Cullman will return to his boat of choice, skippering the C division Laser, a boat he drove to the win at the National Singlehanded Championships this fall as well as the win in C division at the Navy Fall Intersectional.  Junior Claire Dennis will skipper the D division Laser Radial, the same boat she finished second in at the National Singlehanded Championships and at the Navy Fall Intersectional.  Crews senior Isabel Elliman, sophomore Will Feldman, junior Zachary Foreman, freshman Katherine Gaumond and junior Heather May will travel to the event.

Last year the Bulldogs finished fifth at Trux, but were missing Cullman due to an injury. At peak form, the Bulldogs will look to once again snatch the victory. They will face stiff competition from No. 3 College of Charleston, No. 4 Georgetown, No. 6 Brown, No. 7 Boston College, No. 8 Dartmouth, and tied No. 9s Hobart William Smith and St. Mary's College of Maryland, as well as many other of the top-ranked college sailing teams.

Another team of Bulldogs will compete in the colder waters of the Thames River at the Veitor Trophy at the Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn. The Veitor is a three-division regatta sailed in FJs and 420s, with one division on the shore. The Bulldogs will face tough competition from around New England in their first spring season regatta north of Maryland.

Freshman Graham Landy, sophomore Max Nickbarg and senior Rob Struckett will skipper for the Bulldogs accompanied by crews senior Margot Benedict, freshman Sarah Smith and senior Genoa Warner

Sailors will report to the Naval Academy at 9:00 a.m. and to the Coast Guard Academy at 9:30 a.m.

Report filed by Margot Benedict '12, Yale Sports Publicity