Near-Windless Weekend Causes Headaches In Annapolis
Annapolis, Md. -- The Bulldogs' fall 2010 campaign is in the history, inking an eighth place finish at the Atlantic Coast Championship into the record books. The regatta faced calm conditions that made sailing nearly impossible, though the race committee was able to complete 16 races over two days.
Racing out of the U.S. Naval Academy, the majority of college sailing's top teams met on Saturday to vie for the ACCs, the top event of the fall season. With the exception of Stanford, the top-20 rankings are held entirely by Atlantic Coast schools so the event is a strong indicator of the likely completion at the ICSA national championship in the spring. Yale qualified for the event based on its seventh place finish at the Schell Trophy two weeks ago.
Junior Joseph Morris and senior Blair Belling led A division for the Bulldogs. The pair recorded a win in race two, but was hamstrung by three deeper finishes late Saturday. Freshman Chris Segerblom started the regatta in B division alongside senior Elizabeth Brim. Segerblom and Brim notched top finishes of second and third. On Sunday, sophomore Cameron Cullman substituted in for Segerblom in race seven, and scored a fifth in race eight, the final race of the weekend. The Bulldogs finished eighth overall in an extremely close regatta, and Georgetown took the win.
The wind proved fickle all weekend, forcing two major postponements. When the wind did fill, it was between three and six knots. Luckily, breathless conditions have been unusual this fall, a season the typically loses at least half of the September regattas to lack of wind. With Thanksgiving now just around the corner, the Bulldogs will enjoy some well-earned rest and relaxation before the spring season begins in February.
Report filed by Andrew Kurzrok '11, Yale Sports Publicity