NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Due to Hurricane Sandy, the Atlantic Coast Championship, intended to be sailed this weekend at the King's Point Merchant Marine Academy, has been cancelled. In its place, the No. 3 Yale coed sailing team will travel to Boston to race an unofficial regatta hosted by MIT.
The Atlantic Coast Championships is the culmination of the fall dinghy-racing season. The Bulldogs qualified for the event by placing in the top eight at the Erwin Schell Trophy. However, Hurricane Sandy's effects are being felt throughout the Northeast, including the world of college sailing. Yale's own McNay Family Sailing Center only recently regained electricity. The King's Point Merchant Marine Academy located in Long Island is also still recovering from the devastation of Hurricane Sandy. It was suggested that the event be moved to the US Naval Academy, however travel logistics proved too difficult for many of the teams. Therefore, the Bulldogs will end their official fall dinghy-racing season with their win at the Erwin Schell Trophy.
However, in the place of the Atlantic Coast Championships, MIT will host an unusual replacement regatta. The eight teams from NEISA that would have gone on to the championships instead will sail a combined division fleet race regatta on the Charles River. Sunday will then be sailed in a team-racing format. Sunday's team racing will be good practice as the Bulldogs look toward the spring season which more heavily emphasizes team racing.
Representing Yale will be skippers senior Cameron Cullman, junior Chris Segerblom and sophomore Graham Landy with crews senior Heather May, junior Will Feldman, sophomore Sarah Smith and freshmen Charlotte Belling and Sanam Rastegar. The Bulldogs will look forward to finishing up their successful dinghy-racing season.
Racing will begin at 9:30 am on Saturday. Scores can be found at http://scores.collegesailing.org/.
Report filed by Katherine Gaumond '15, Yale Sports Publicity