ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – The No. 2 Yale coed sailing team placed eighth at the Gill/ICSA Coed Fleet Race National Championship after three grueling days of sailing in St. Petersburg, Fla. The event wraps up the spring season for the Bulldogs.
Yale sat in sixth after two days of racing. Four races in each division were completed today to end the regatta. The Bulldogs arrived to more breezy conditions this morning, with breeze increasing throughout the day with puffs up to 22 knots.
Sophomore Graham Landy and junior Will Feldman sailed A division all day in incredibly tiring conditions. The boats used at the national championship have unusually large sails, making the heavy breeze all the more difficult to sail in. Along with other crews senior Heather May and junior Eugenia Custo Greig, the team finished eighth in A division.
Junior captain Chris Segerblom began the day with May, but as wind velocity increased, he moved to Custo Greig. At the end of the day, senior Cameron Cullman was able to finish his collegiate career by sailing the final B division race of the day with Custo Greig. Along with crews junior Marlena Fauer and sophomore Katherine Gaumond, the team finished eighth in B division as well.
The final result was slightly disappointing for Yale. The Bulldogs struggled with starting and holding thin lanes in the big chop throughout the weekend. Starting at the favored end of the line was important all weekend, but a fleet this deep created big crowds at the favored end making starting even more competitive.
Still, Yale finished only 22 points out of a top-five finish. Furthermore, the Bulldogs are only graduating two seniors on the coed team, Cullman and May, indicating a promising season for the Bulldogs next year.
Tonight the ICSA Banquet will announce this year's All-American Teams.
Report filed by Katherine Gaumond '15, Yale Sports Publicity