BOSTON, Mass. – The No. 1 Yale coed sailing team placed third at the Marchiando Team Race at MIT this weekend. The Bulldogs also placed fifth at the Barque Eagle Team Race hosted by Coast Guard.
Sixteen teams arrived to a four to twelve knot Easterly on the Charles River at the Marchiando on Saturday. Most of the teams were local New England schools, with Michigan, Stanford and St. Mary's also traveling to compete. Racing was delayed due to crew races, but then a full round robin was sailed with two-minute rolling starts for maximum efficiency.
Seven sailors competed for the Bulldogs at the Marchiando. Senior skipper Chris Segerblom sailed with crews junior Sarah Smith and sophomore Charlotte Belling. Juniors skipper Graham Landy and crew Katherine Gaumond sailed together, with freshmen skipper Ian Barrows and crew Meredith Megarry sailing together as well.
The Bulldogs struggled in the beginning, losing races to Boston College, Michigan, Stanford, Tufts and Vermont. However, redress was filed for the race against St. Mary's for a broker rudder, and the win was award to the Bulldogs. Resilience during rough patches is especially important in team racing, and the difficult start allowed the team to practice this important skill. The team was able to finish the day with 10-5 record, tied for second place.
Sunday's breeze was farther East, lighter and shiftier. The fleet was split into a top eight and a bottom eight for final round robins. Yale won all its races except Stanford. The race against Tufts was decided in a protest hearing, ending with the win going to the Jumbos. With these results the Bulldogs finished the regatta in third. Most importantly, Yale was able to improve its team racing tactics in a shiftier venue, better preparing the team for the New England Team Race Championships on the Thames River next weekend.
An underclassman team sailed the Barque Eagle Team Race at Coast Guard this weekend. Sophomores Eric Anderson and Marly Isler and freshman Mitchell Kiss skippered with crews sophomores Emily Johnson and Sanam Rastegar and freshmen Clara Robertson and Isabelle Rossi de Leon.
The regatta struggled with conditions, with particularly light breeze on Saturday. The conditions emphasized boat handling in Coast Guard's heavy FJs and 420s. Sunday had heavier breeze, gusting up to 14 kntos.
The Bulldogs had to deal with many protests since the event had no umpires; meaning conflicts were resolved off the water and led to disqualifications. Yale finished the regatta in fifth with a 7-10 record. Isler commented, "It was challenging conditions but the team is excited for next weekend at Tufts where we will be sailing another team race all together."
Next weekend, the Bulldogs will end the regular team racing season and look to qualify for the national championship at the New England Team Race Championship hosted by Connecticut College. Tufts will also host the Mystic Lake Team Race.
Report filed by Katherine Gaumond '15, Yale Sports Publicity