NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Although the college sailing season finished in May, the members of the Yale coed sailing team continue to practice and compete throughout the summer months in other venues of the sport. Senior captain Chris Segerblom is competing as a member of the ICSA Team in the United Kingdom this summer as a part of the BUSA-ICSA Tour.
Every two years, the British University Sailing Association and the American Intercollegiate Sailing Association alternate between sending a team to each other's respective country to compete. Segerblom is joined by sailors from top-ranked teams Brown, College of Charleston, Georgetown and St. Mary's College of Maryland.
This year, seven American sailors will compete in five regattas of varying formats in the United Kingdom. First, the Thomas Lipton Trophy hosted by Oxford Sailing Club, which is a three-boat team racing regatta in Fireflies. Next is the Lord John King Trophy, a match racing regatta held by the Royal Thames Yacht Club. The British American Trophy is a keelboat team racing regatta held by RYA Portland House and Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy. The West Kirby Invitational is a three-boat team race held at the West Kirby Sailing Club. The tour concludes with the Performance Sailcraft Trophy, a Laser team race held by the Queen Mary Sailing Club.
With his background in keelboats and dinghies, helming and crewing, and team racing and match racing, Segerblom will be a key asset to the American team. Segerblom helmed the Yale match racing team to a second-place finish at the ICSA Match Racing National Championship and was a member of the 2013 APS/ICSA Team Race National Championship team.
Racing began on July 12 and will continue until July 24. Follow results online at http://www.busa.co.uk/events/busaicsa-tour-2013/.
Report filed by Katherine Gaumond '15, Yale Sports Publicity