May 30, 2011

No. 6 Bulldogs Finish in the Top Eight at Team Race Nationals

Bulldogs Miss Out on the Final Four

CASCADE LOCKS, Ore.- The No. 6 Yale coed sailing team wrapped up team racing for the 2010-2011 season with the second gold round robin at the ICSA Team Race Championship sponsored by APS, putting them among the top eight team racing teams in the country.

Day three was a very typical day on the water in the Northwest. The breeze began brisk, blowing from 15 knots with a less than toasty wind chill of 45 degrees. The breeze rose throughout the day into the 20s. It was the weather that everyone had expected for the entire week, but had only shown its face briefly.

The Bulldogs were unable to overcome some early close defeats or establish a clear rhythm that allows for consistent results.

 "We finally got on a roll yesterday right before the race committee called it a day. We were unable to ride that momentum today," said assistant coach Bill Healy.

The College of Charleston, Boston College, Georgetown and Roger Williams all qualified for the final four round. After a hard fought three races, Roger Williams took the final win over Boston College and claimed the National Championship.

With up and down breeze all regatta, the Bulldogs relied on a wide range of crews. Seniors Blair Belling and Elizabeth Brim, sophomore Heather May, and freshmen Amanda Salvesen and Eugenia Custo Greig all played integral roles in adjusting to the variant wind.

While their finish was a bit disappointing, the Bulldogs are extremely young and talented and will only improve with another year together on the water. While all of the teams who qualified for the final four will lose one or two key skippers to graduation, all of the Yale skippers, junior captain Joe Morris, sophomore Cam Cullman and freshman Chris Segerblom will return next year and will get to take another stab at the National Championships.

Report filed by Margot Benedict '12, Yale Sports Publicity