ANNAPOLIS, Md. – The No. 1 Yale coed sailing team placed second at the Graham Hall Team Race hosted by Navy this weekend. Another group of Bulldogs placed 14th at the Vietor Trophy hosted by Salve Regina.
Practicing the format for this year's Team Race National Championship, the Graham Hall Team Race began with a 16-team round robin. After their week of spring break training, the Bulldogs sailed very cleanly on Saturday, winning ten races, and only losing the final race of the day against Georgetown.
The breeze built steadily throughout the day, maxing out with gusts up to 20 knots. This variety of conditions allowed many Bulldogs to race. Seniors Max Nickbarg and Chris Segerblom, junior Graham Landy and freshmen Ian Barrows and Mitchell Kiss all skippered races, with Kiss making his team racing debut against Wisconsin. These Elis were joined by crews senior Will Feldman, juniors Katherine Gaumond and Sarah Smith, sophomore Charlotte Belling and freshmen Natalya Doris and Meredith Megarry in a variety of combinations to fit the breeze strength. Yale ended the day tied with Georgetown for first place.
The Bulldogs raced in a light Northeasterly on Sunday, finishing the initial round robin. Yale won three more races, and then narrowly lost to College of Charleston in the last race of the round robin. Still, the Bulldogs moved into the final four in second place. Yale took a win against the home team of Navy, but lost again against College of Charleston. Going into the last race Georgetown had already sealed its victory, but the Bulldogs managed to take a win against the Hoyas to end the weekend.
At the Vietor Trophy at Salve Regina, the Bulldogs placed 14th after eight races on Saturday. Racing was cancelled on Sunday due to extreme breeze and cold. Sophomore skipper Eric Anderson and freshman crew Chandler Gregoire placed 10th in A division, just losing the tiebreaker for ninth with home team Salve Regina. In B division, sophomore skipper Henry Lewis with freshman crew Amelia Dobronyi placed 17th.
For detailed results, see http://scores.collegesailing.org/s14/.
After practicing more at St. Mary's this week, next weekend, the Bulldogs will sail two team race intersectionals, the Szambecki at Old Dominion and the Friis at Tufts.
Report filed by Katherine Gaumond '15, Yale Sports Publicity