Bulldogs Finish Seventh at First Regatta of the Spring Season
CHARLESTON, S.C.—While the No. 3 Yale coed sailing team gets to practice at one of the best venues in college sailing, Short Beach in Branford, Conn. has one big disadvantage this time of year: it is in the Northeast where winter, while mild this year, is still in force. The Bulldogs traveled to warmer waters this weekend with only one day of practice under their belts, finishing seventh at the Charleston Spring Intersectional hosted by the College of Charleston.
Charleston demonstrated its southern hospitality on Saturday with sunny skies and temperatures in the 60s. Sailors were greeted with a rather steady breeze of four to eight miles per hour from the East, a pleasant surprise that proved forecasts wrong. As is often the case in the Charleston Cooper River, the current became quite strong after switching following the first set. Six races were completed in each division.
Sunday dawned like Saturday with a breeze from the east of four to eight miles per hour, but it rotated and died quickly, causing an hour and a half windless delay. The breeze then built in from the southwest creating shifty conditions with puffs up to twelve miles per hour range. The current was more consistent than Saturday allowing for better starts and squarer racecourses. Four more races were completed in each division.
Sophomore skipper Chris Segerblom and junior crew Heather May sailed to a sixth place finish in a very tight B division, with just five points separating second through sixth. After not finishing the first race, they faced an uphill battle all regatta, climbing their way back to the top of the pack with five top-five finishes.
No. 4 College of Charleston capitalized on its home water advantage to win the regatta by almost forty points with No. 9 Stanford and No. 8 Georgetown rounding out the top three.
The Bulldogs will return to Charleston next weekend for the Bob Bavier Team Race as well as sailing at Coast Guard at the New London Snow Melt Fleet Race. Both events will be great opportunities for the Bulldogs to reacquaint themselves with the water as they head into the core of their spring season.
Report filed by Margot Benedict' 12, Yale Sports Publicity