March 3, 2013

No. 3 Bulldogs Earn Another Second Place Finish

BOSTON, Mass. – The No. 3 Yale coed sailing team placed second at the Sharpe Trophy Team Race this weekend hosted by Harvard.

The Sharpe Trophy Team Race was the second event for the Bulldogs this season, and their first in-district regatta. The team headed to Boston to team race in the notoriously shifty Charles River against other New England Teams. The Bulldogs raced against fellow NEISA teams Boston College, Brown, Harvard, MIT, University of Vermont, Roger Williams and Tufts. All the teams battled in the cold weather and light, shifty conditions seen throughout the weekend.

The Yale team consisted of skippers senior Cameron Cullman, junior captain Chris Segerblom and sophomore Graham Landy. The Sharpe Trophy presented the opportunity for underclassmen crews to gain experience team racing as well. Cullman sailed with sophomore Sarah Smith. Freshman Charlotte Belling crewed for Segerblom and sophomore Katherine Gaumond crewed for Landy.

On Saturday the Bulldogs were unable to complete a single race. The team had a bye in the first flight of the round robin, causing them to miss the only breeze that was steady enough for racing. Yale began three races against MIT, but all were called off due to lack of wind. However, the Bulldogs did use the time on the water effectively, their light-air boat handling while waiting for the breeze to fill.

Luckily on Saturday, the breeze settled into a northwesterly, however the velocity was up and down from two to six knots. The first round robin was completed by 1:00 pm. Yale ended the first round robin with a 6-1 record. After a double final four, the Bulldogs placed second with a 10-3 record, only one loss away from first-place Brown.

The Sharpe Trophy Team Race was excellent practice for the Bulldogs since New England Team Race Qualifiers will be sailed on the Charles River as well. The Charles River is an incredibly unique venue, and very different from the open water sailing found at Yale's home yacht club in Branford, Conn., so the opportunity to team race this weekend was invaluable.

The Bulldogs are now looking forward to spring break. After a winter off, the Bulldogs will shake off their rust during a week of sailing at Eckerd College. Eckerd is hosting all three doublehanded national championships, so Yale will try to capitalize on its time there. To help with the effort, notable alumni such as Thomas Barrows '10, Stu McNay 05' and Joe Morris '12 will join the team to lend their expert knowledge to current team members.

But before traveling to Florida, the Bulldogs will compete next weekend in the St. Mary's Team Race hosted by St. Mary's College of Maryland.

 

Report filed by Katherine Gaumond '15, Yale Sports Publicity