NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The No. 6 Yale coed sailing team will race in the ICSA Western Semifinals this weekend in Norfolk, Va., in order to qualify for the ICSA/Gill Coed National Dinghy Championship later this spring.
For the past few weeks, every district in the country has hosted its championship to determine which teams will compete at Semifinals. The qualified teams are then seeded, and divided into two equally competitive regattas. These two regattas are called the Eastern and Western Semifinals, although the name bears no geographic significance. Both are being sailed in Norfolk this weekend, cohosted by Hampton and Old Dominion. The top nine teams from each semifinal will then qualify to compete in the National Championship this May in St. Petersburg, Fla.
The Bulldogs were seeded into the Western Semifinal. They will compete against top ranked teams such as No. 1 Georgetown, No. 4 College of Charleston, No. 5 Boston College, No. 7 Tufts and No. 10 St. Mary's College of Maryland, among others. Many of these competitors will be seen again at the National Championship, so the Bulldogs will use this weekend as a first test of their ability on the national stage.
Furthermore, the semifinal regattas count towards the Fowle Trophy. The Fowle trophy is awarded yearly to the overall best team in college sailing that year. It takes into account all six national championships: dinghy, match racing, singlehanded and team racing. However, the semifinals are also counted, making this weekend all the more important for the Bulldogs as they look towards the postseason.
Representing Yale will be skippers senior Cameron Cullman, junior captain Chris Segerblom and sophomore Graham Landy. They will be accompanied by crews senior Heather May, junior Eugenia Custo Greig and freshman Charlotte Belling. Exact line-ups for A and B division will be determined by the weather in Norfolk this weekend.
All racing will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday. Follow results at http://scores.collegesailing.org/.
Report filed by Katherine Gaumond '15, Yale Sports Publicity