ST. MARY'S CITY, Md. – The No. 2 Yale coed sailing team won the Western Semifinals to qualify for the Gill Coed Dinghy National Championship which begins tomorrow.
The Bulldogs were in the lead after yesterday's two races. Today they arrived to the St. Mary's venue to a very puffy and shifty Northwesterly. In very volatile conditions that were difficult for all the sailors on the course to be consistent, the Bulldogs used their strong starts to get ahead early in their races. From then on, looking to the edges of the course for pressure and being patient on a side were key to successful races.
With this in mind, Yale sailed its first two races in each division. Juniors skipper Graham Landy and crew Katherine Gaumond placed third and first in A division. Freshmen skipper Ian Barrows and crew Meredith Megarry won both races by almost an entire leg.
This breeze died for another long wind delay. Only one more race was later completed in each division in a light Southerly before the 5:00 p.m. cutoff time. The Bulldogs kept up their focus though, winning the A division race. Barrows, who switched to crew senior Marlena Fauer, finished fourth. With this combined performance, Yale won both A and B division, and won the regatta by 35 points. See the Western Semifinals results at http://scores.collegesailing.org/s14/gill-national-champs-round-west/.
However, the competition is only going to get stiffer at the Gill Coed Dinghy National Championship. The top nine teams from each semifinal qualified for the tomorrow's championship. Racing begins at 9:30 a.m. With no more offsets, the race committee will hope for more racing than was allowed at the two semifinals. Yale is looking to carry its momentum from the Western Semifinals and win a second national championship this year. Follow results at http://scores.collegesailing.org/s14/gill-national-finals/.
Report filed by Katherine Gaumond '15, Yale Sports Publicity