February 24, 2013

No. 2 Bulldogs Place Second at First Regatta of Season

Charleston, S.C. – The No. 2 Yale coed sailing team placed second at the 12th Bob Bavier Team Race hosted by College of Charleston.

Yale arrived at the regatta without any previous days of practice this year. Cold New England weather had prevented the Bulldogs from getting anytime on the water. In contrast, their competitors from schools farther south have been able to log hours on the water before competing at the Bob Bavier. However the team of 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 were up to the task.

However, the first day began with unrelenting rain and no breeze. Racing was unable to start until 2:00pm. With a flood tide and an 8-15 knot southerly, the Bulldogs completed five of their races for the first round robin. The Bulldogs showed little rust, winning four of five races on the first day. 

The second day began with drastically different conditions. The sunny 70 degree weather was a welcomed change for the Bulldogs. An 8-12 knot northwesterly combined with a strong ebb tide made for difficult racing conditions though. The first races of the day were sailed on the Cooper River Cross Current Double Modified Port Triangle. This course is not used during college sailing except at the College of Charleston, a venue famous for its strong currents. Later in the day, racing switched back to the traditional Digital N Course. The first round robin was completed, with the Bulldogs only earning one loss after nine races. Yale moved onto the final four round with College of Charleston, Georgetown and Stanford.

The Bulldogs won their first race against Charleston but after a tough starting sequence lost to Stanford. The Bulldogs then prepared for their final race against to so-far undefeated Georgetown. After a close race, Yale finished with a win. The race committee tried to complete a second round robin, but the wind shut off, leaving the regatta finished with only a single final four. In the final tally, Georgetown and Yale were tied, each with ten wins, and each team taking a single win against each other. Procedure then dictates that the team who won with the lowest point total wins the race. Unfortunately Georgetown beat Yale with eight points whereas Yale beat Georgetown with ten points, causing Yale to lose the tie-breaker.

May commented that "Although we were just shy of taking home the win, I think we all considered this weekend a win regardless, given that we started the spring season on such a strong foot and were able to walk away with a good deal of confidence to take with us from here on out. 

The Bulldogs now look forward to the Sharpe Trophy Team Race, hosted at Harvard next weekend.

 

Report filed by Katherine Gaumond '15, Yale Sports Publicity