Bulldogs Compete At Atlantic Coast Championships
CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—While it was not exactly the finish the No. 1 Yale coed sailing team was looking for when they headed up to Cambridge, Mass., for the Atlantic Coast Championships, a fifth-place finish at the highly competitive regatta will send the Bulldogs into the offseason with a solid result and plenty of things to work on for the spring. The regatta was hosted by Harvard and marked the end of the Fall 2011 season.
While the breeze was light for much of the fall season, Mother Nature did not disappoint on Saturday, bringing plenty of breeze for racing right from the beginning. The breeze ranged from eight to 17 knots and came quite steadily for the Charles River from the west to southwest. With two fleets, Harvard's fleet of FJs as well as MIT's fleet of FJs, the race committee was able to keep the races coming, allowing for the completion of 12 races in each division, all on windward-leeward courses with four legs.
While Sunday had less breeze, there was always enough to keep the boats moving. The breeze ranged from five to 14 knots and came from the south to southwest. As per usual, the Charles River offered plenty of interesting shifts with sailors in and out of the boats all day, adjusting to the lulls and puffs.
Senior skipper captain Joseph Morris finished out his final fall season with a fourth-place finish in A division, just losing the tiebreaker for third place to the College of Charleston. Morris sailed with crew junior Heather May in the larger breeze on Saturday and one race on Sunday and with crew senior Isabel Elliman for the remaining, less breezy races on Sunday. The combined team finished with six top fives, including three wins.
The Bulldogs seventh-place B division team was a bit more complex with junior Cam Cullman skippering races one through 12 and 16 through 18 and sophomore Chris Segerblom skippering races 13 through 15. Seniors Margot Benedict and Genoa Warner crewed for the Bulldogs with Warner sailing twelve of the races and Benedict sailing the remaining six races. The combined team finished with nine top fives, including one win.
Because of their top-ranking and impressive fall results, the Bulldogs had hoped to claim a higher finish at the Atlantic Coast Championships but ran head on into the unpredictable Charles River and were unable to compensate for some inconsistencies. While the finish was not as high as the team might of liked, they did have a very successful fall season, including Cullman's win at the Men's National Singlehanded Championship and the win at the Navy Fall Intersectional. The Bulldogs will now have three months off to recharge and gear up for the spring season, which is sure to be exciting and eventful.
Report filed by Margot Benedict '12, Yale Sports Publicity