NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The No. 2 Yale coed sailing team will finish its successful fall dinghy season this weekend, competing in the Atlantic Coast Championships hosted by College of Charleston.
Unlike the spring dinghy season, which culminates in the national championships, the fall season finishes with the best teams from the Atlantic coast competing. However, this regatta is often just as deep as the national championship, since college sailing's three most competitive districts will be represented: New England, Mid-Atlantic and South Atlantic. Among the competitors this weekend will be No. 1 Georgetown, No. 3 Dartmouth and No. 5 Boston College.
A top squad of Bulldogs will be heading south, looking to take home the championship. Sailing A division will be junior skipper Graham Landy with crews senior Will Feldman and junior Katherine Gaumond. In B division, senior captain Chris Segerblom will skipper with crews junior Sarah Smith and sophomore Charlotte Belling. Freshman Ian Barrows will also join the team as either a possible skipper or heavy-air crew. A and B division will rotate between Charleston's fleets of FJs and 420s.
A wide variety of conditions can be expected at Charleston's venue, but strong current will be a definite. The current forecast calls for lighter winds on Saturday, building up to possibly 10 knots on Sunday.
Regardless of conditions, Segerblom is confident that the team can continue its regular season success. He commented, "We've had a really good race-by-race approach all season long and I think if we continue that we should be able to finish the season on the right note."
Racing will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday. Follow results live at http://scores.collegesailing.org/
Report filed by Katherine Gaumond '15, Yale Sports Publicity