April 8, 2012

No. 1 Bulldogs Finish Second at the Friis

Bulldogs Exhibit Depth and Flexibility

MEDFORD, Mass.—The No. 1 Yale coed sailing team claimed second place at the Marchiando Friis Team Race hosted by Tufts on Mystic Lake in Medford, Mass., missing out on first by only one win despite a lineup change. The Bulldogs also finished fourth at the Admiral Alymers Trophy hosted by Massachusetts Maritime Academy on Great Herring Pond in Buzzards Bay, Mass.

This weekend marked the eighth week of the spring season, a time at which fatigue from travel and hours and hours of sailing sets in. In order to keep the Bulldogs fresh and prepared for the upcoming qualifying season, a few members of the team got the weekend off, gaining much needed physical and mental rest. Just because some of the normal mainstays were off did not mean the Bulldogs floundered. They once again proved that they are one of the deepest teams in the country, claiming second at the Marchiando Friis Trophy.

The Bulldogs sailed in the Tufts bracket on Saturday, technically taking part in the Friis trophy of the Marchiando Friis paired regattas. Sailing in a breeze from the North of 10 to 20 knots until 2:30, followed by an east-southeast breeze of five to 12 knots, the Bulldogs amassed a record of 11-1, winning their bracket by two wins.

Sunday brought breeze from the northwest of five to 18 knots as well as the top four teams from each bracket. The Bulldogs once again sailed successfully, claiming a record of 11-3, missing out on the victory by only one win to Boston College. Yale and Boston College clearly outpaced the other teams, finishing two and three wins ahead respectively. 

The Bulldogs were led by skippers junior captain Cam Cullman and sophomore Chris Segerblom, with freshman Graham Landy ably filling in for senior Joseph Morris who had the weekend off. With big breeze during parts of the regatta accentuated by Tufts' flattop mains and quick moving larks, four crews contributed to the Bulldogs effort. Freshman Katherine Gaumond and junior Heather May sailed the entire regatta while sophomore Will Feldman and senior Genoa Warner split time sailing, depending on the breeze.

Four Bulldogs also competed at the Admiral Alymers Trophy at the infamous Great Herring Pond. Conditions were as shifty as always with brisk wind on Saturday and moderate wind on Sunday.

Senior skipper Rob Struckett and freshman crew Sarah Smith finished fourth in A division, just one point out of third.  They won the first race and collected six top-three finishes.

Freshman skipper Urska Kosir and junior crew Zachary Foreman finished fourth in B division, only five points out of first, despite getting disqualified from one race. They won three races and only finished outside of the top three in two of the 14 races.

Next weekend all of the Bulldogs will be back in action. The Bulldogs will sail for a spot at the National Semifinals at the New England Dinghy Championships at Harvard. They will also sail at the Oberg Trophy at Boston University and host the Short Beach Invitational in Branford.

Report filed by Margot Benedict '12, Yale Sports Publicity