NEW HAVEN, Conn. – After a week of training in St. Petersburg, Fla., the No. 3 Yale coed sailing team will compete this weekend at the Truxtun Umstead Intersectional hosted by the US Naval Academy. The Bulldogs won this event last year, and will be looking to repeat the performance.
The Truxtun Umstead, affectionately known as the "Trux," will be the first fleet race the Yale coed sailing team will compete in this season. The spring season is much more oriented towards team racing, so the Trux is an important opportunity to fleet race in a competitive venue before the ICSA National Championships in May.
However, the Trux is also unique in that it is the largest regatta of the spring season, racing four divisions. A division and B division will be sailed in both FJs and 420's, with C division sailed in Laser Full Rigs and D division sailed in Laser Radials. This format benefits the Bulldogs, who have a deep enough team to field competitive boats in all divisions.
For the double-handed boats, A division will be sailed by sophomore Graham Landy with crews senior Heather May and junior Will Feldman. Junior captain Chris Segerblom with crews sophomore Katherine Gaumond and freshman Charlotte Belling. Navy's fleet of FJ's and 420's are known for being incredibly heavy, and with the possibility of big breeze in this weekend's forecast, crews of all sizes are needed for the fluctuations in velocity.
Sailing Laser Full Rigs in C division is senior Cameron Cullman. Senior Claire Dennis will sail Laser Radials in D division. Yale is particularly advantaged since both Cullman and Dennis are former national champions in their respective boats.
With a week of intense training under their belts, the Bulldogs will be in better form than they have been in all season. After a long winter, spring break training allowed the Bulldogs to shake off their rust. Yale practiced against both alumni and local Floridian collegiate teams to be ready for rest of the spring season, starting with defending its title as Trux champion. All racing will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday morning. Follow results online at http://scores.collegesailing.org/s13/truxtun-umsted.
Report filed by Katherine Gaumond '15, Yale Sports Publicity