ST. MARY'S CITY, Md. – After the second day of racing the Yale coed sailing team extended its first-place lead at the APS Team Race National Championship, moving onto the top eight. Only one more day of racing remains with six races left.
The Bulldogs arrived to a light and unstable Northeasterly. Only a few races were completed before the breeze died for a long postponement. Yale raced College of Charleston in this first breeze. While there were many play changes throughout the race due to shifty conditions, the Bulldogs took another win with a 1-4-5.
A sea breeze filled in later in the afternoon and the race committee finished the first round robin. In their final race the team matched up against the St. Mary's Seahawks, who were only one loss behind the Bulldogs. Yale kept its momentum through the postponement and beat the home team with a play one.
Advancing to the top-eight round robin, Yale raced Boston College, Georgetown, Stanford and Tufts, winning all four races. The team attributes its success today to boat speed and concentrating on when to fleet race in the volatile conditions. Coach Bill Healy also added that "not panicking when we got into trouble" was key after some difficult starts.
The Bulldogs finished the day with a 18-1 record, with four teams tied for second place with six losses. While extending this lead was key today, the racing will only get more difficult as the top eight finishes tomorrow and the final four begins tomorrow. Yale still has to face Navy, Roger Williams and St. Mary's before advancing to the final four.
Racing begins at 10:00 a.m. tomorrow. Watch the racing live at http://new.livestream.com/accounts/8521512/events/3051216.
Report filed by Katherine Gaumond '15, Yale Sports Publicity