NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale coed sailing team will exhibit its depth this weekend, sending teams to the four-division Navy Fall Invitational at the US Naval Academy and the Captain Hurst Bowl at Dartmouth.
The Navy Fall Invitational is a four-division regatta sailed in 420's, FJ's, Laser Full Rigs and Laser Radials. The Naval Academy is the only venue in college sailing able to host such a large event. With 72 boats out on the Severn River, this event is a favorite of many college sailors.
The Bulldogs won this event by an impressive 23 points last year, and hope to reclaim their title in Annapolis this weekend since Yale once again has the depth to field a competitive team in all four divisions. A division will be sailed by sophomore skipper Graham Landy and crews junior Will Feldman and senior Heather May. While Landy was not part of last year's winning team, experienced crews Feldman and May contributed to the past victory and will provide veteran knowledge to the underclassman skipper. The B division team will consist of junior skipper Chris Segerblom fresh off his win at the New England Sloop Championship and crews freshman Charlotte Belling and sophomore Katherine Gaumond. A and B division will alternate between 420's and FJ's. The reigning National Champion in the Laser Full Rigs, senior Cameron Cullman, will sail C division. 2010 National Champion in the Laser Radial, senior Claire Dennis, will sail D division.
Another team of Bulldogs will head North to the Captain Hurst Bowl at Dartmouth. The team will consist of skippers senior captain Emily Billing and junior Max Nickbarg with crews junior Amanda Salvesen and sophomore Sarah Smith. Billing and Salvesen competed on Lake Mascoma earlier in the season at the Mrs. Hurst Bowl and will use this knowledge to their advantage this coming weekend.
Racing at Navy Fall will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday. Racing at Dartmouth will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday. Results will be posted at http://scores.collegesailing.org/.
Report filed by Katherine Gaumond '15, Yale Sports Publicity