NEW HAVEN, Conn. – After a long winter and only one day of on-the-water practice, the No. 2 Yale coed sailing team will begin its season with two team racing regattas this weekend. One group will race in the Bob Bavier Team Race at College of Charleston, while the other group with race in a one-day practice event at Roger Williams, since the Sharpe Trophy was cancelled due to the cold.
The spring season has been rescheduled this year, meaning that all of the team racing event will happen in the first half, with the fleet racing events being held later in the spring, and culminating in both national championships in June. This change will give team racing opportunities to a larger number of Bulldogs, since most of the upcoming weekends have multiple team racing events.
In team racing, each team fields three boats that face off head to head against another team's three boats. The team with the lowest combined finish wins the race. The teams then rotate in a round robin format until every team has raced each other. The team with the best final record wins the regatta. Team racing is a fast paced game emphasizing quick boat handling, tactical decision-making and clear communication between teammates.
The Bulldogs placed second at the Bob Bavier Team Race last year, losing a tiebreaker to Georgetown. With many of the same players from last year's national championship team returning, the Bulldogs are excited to try their talent against the better-practiced teams from warmer climates this weekend.
Freshman skipper, Ian Barrows, will make his collegiate team racing debut at the Bob Bavier, with the help from seasoned teammates senior Chris Segerblom and junior Graham Landy. A group of experienced crews will travel with the team as well, allowing the Bulldogs to be prepared for all possible conditions in Charleston this weekend: senior Will Feldman, junior Katherine Gaumond, sophomore Charlotte Belling and freshman Meredith Megarry.
Harvard was meant to host the Sharpe Trophy this weekend as well, but had to cancel due to the weather. Instead, Roger Williams has volunteered to host a one-day event. Skippers seniors Marlena Fauer and Max Nickbarg with freshman skipper Mitchell Kiss will be joined by crews seniors Eugenia Custo Greig and Amanda Salvesen, junior Sarah Smith, and freshmen Natalya Doris and Isabelle Rossi de Leon to compete against other New England teams on Saturday.
All racing will begin at 9:00 Saturday morning. Follow results live at http://scores.collegesailing.org/s14/.
Report filed by Katherine Gaumond '15, Yale Sports Publicity