NEW HAVEN, Conn. – After a long post season of training, the No. 2 Yale coed sailing team will begin a week at St. Mary's with the APS Team Racing National Championship. The championship will last three days before the Gill Coed Dinghy National Championship begins.
The Bulldogs have had a consistently successful team racing season this year, having placed top three in all of the major team races they have entered. While only having won the Bob Bavier Team Race in early March, the Bulldogs are hoping to peak at the right moment and defend their title as team racing national champions.
Sailing for Yale will be skippers senior Chris Segerblom, junior captain Graham Landy and freshman Ian Barrows. Senior Max Nickbarg and freshman Mitchell Kiss will also travel to Maryland as alternate skippers.
These sailors are joined by a large number of crews to accommodate all possible breeze conditions during the three days of racing. Crewing for Yale are seniors Eugenia Custo Greig, Marlena Fauer, Will Feldman and Amanda Salvesen, junior Katherine Gaumond, sophomore Charlotte Belling and freshmen Natalya Doris and Meredith Megarry.
Landy is confident in the training the team has been putting in during post season, saying "our recent practices have helped us sharpe our skills, especially after taking some time off from team racing." The Bulldogs have been fortunate that many alumni have come to Short Beach to help the team practice as well.
In the coaches' predictions on Sail One Design, each commenter predicted Yale placing in the top-three at the nationals, with Stanford and St. Mary's rounding out the podium. MIT coach Matt Cohen ranked Yale in second, calling the team "tied with Stanford as the most dominant team racing team throughout the spring." Yale coach Bill Healy anticipates this will be "the closest team racing championship in recent years."
With this training the Bulldogs will begin sailing on Saturday with high expectations. Racing begins at 9:30 a.m. Follow results at http://scores.collegesailing.org/s14/aps-team-race-national/.
Report filed by Katherine Gaumond '15, Yale Sports Publicity