New Haven, Conn. – After a long winter, the No. 2 Yale coed sailing team is ready to begin its spring season, traveling south to the College of Charleston to compete in Charleston, S.C., at the 12th Bob Bavier Team Race.
After the cancellation of the fall championship of Atlantic Coast Championships, the Bulldogs are excited for a chance to prove their talent again in the spring; a shorter season that will culminate in May at the ICSA National Championships held in St. Petersburg, Fla.
The spring season is more focused on team racing as opposed to the fleet race heavy fall season. In team racing, each team fields three boats that face off head to head against another team's three boats. The team with the lowest combined finish wins the race. The teams then rotate in a round robin format until every team has raced each other. The team with the best final record wins the regatta. Team racing is a fast paced game emphasizing quick boat handling, tactical decision-making and clear communication between teammates.
This weekend the Bulldogs will be represented by skippers senior Cameron Cullman, junior captain Chris Segerblom and sophomore Graham Landy with crews senior Heather May, junior Eugenia Custo Greig and sophomore Katherine Gaumond.
Because communication is so important in team racing, continuity of team members between years gives a great advantage. Luckily, the Bulldogs only graduated three members of their team race team last year, Isabel Elliman '12, Joseph Morris '12 and Genoa Warner '12. Experience will therefore play to Yale's favor this coming weekend. Yale won the Bob Bavier in 2012. And in fact, this weekend's exact team of skippers placed second at the competitive Friis-Marchiando Team Race last spring.
The Bulldogs will have to capitalize on this experience because the harsh New England winter has prevented the team from practicing so far. Yale will be competing against teams from warmer waters who will have had weeks of practice before the Bob Bavier Team Race. Hopefully the Bulldogs will be able to quickly shake of that rust and defend their title at the trophy they won in 2012.
Racing will begin at 9:30 am Saturday morning.
Report filed by Katherine Gaumond '15, Yale Sports Publicity