NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The No. 3 Yale coed sailing team will head north this weekend, to sail on the newly melted Charles River at the Sharpe Trophy Team Race hosted by Harvard University. This will be the first regatta of the season the Bulldogs sail in their home district.
The Bulldogs have yet again been unable to practice this week, but weather is not stopping them from competing farther north this coming weekend. While the fleet race rankings put them at No. 3, beneath No. 1 Georgetown and No. 2 College of Charleston, team racing has separate rankings. After their second-place performance at the Bob Bavier Team Race last weekend, the newest Sail One Design Team Race Rankings put Yale at No. 2. The coach's panel in charge of team race rankings calls the Bulldogs a "sold team with lots of experience from Cullman and Segerblom. Add All American Landy and the team is fast and ready to make a move." The panel also mentions how "last year's disappointment of not making it to nationals will be on their mind and they will be back in force."
The same team of skippers from last weekend will be racing at the Sharpe. Senior Cameron Cullman, junior captain Chris Segerblom and sophomore Graham Landy will look to improve their successful performance at the Bob Bavier as they continue to shed rust from the off season. Landy comments that the Sharpe Trophy "presents a great opportunity for our team to build upon the progress that we made last weekend at Charleston," with the specific goal "to improve our communication, primarily on the starting line.
Cullman will sail with sophomore crew Sarah Smith. Landy will sail with sophomore crew Katherine Gaumond and Segerblom will sail with freshman crew Charlotte Belling. This will be the first regatta of the season for Belling and Smith.
The forecast for this weekend is cold. Both Saturday and Sunday are expected to be partly cloudy. The high on Saturday is 45 degrees; the high on Sunday is 37. This chilly weather will be a drastic change from the sunny, 70-degree conditions the Bulldogs saw at Charleston. Winds for Saturday are expected to be a 6-10 knot northwesterly, and Sunday will be a lighter 5-7 knot northwesterly as well.
All racing will start at 9:30 am.
Report filed by Katherine Gaumond '15, Yale Sports Publicity