June 8, 2012

No. 3 Bulldogs Finish Third at Nationals

Landy and May Take the Win in B Division

AUSTIN, Texas—While rankings often fall far away from the mark, college sailing coaches can pat themselves on the back for this year's final coed rankings as the top-three finishers at the ICSA Dinghy National Championships finished exactly as the coaches predicted with Georgetown in first, Roger Williams in second and Yale in third. The Bulldogs will bring the Metropolitan Sailing League Trophy, which has been awarded to the third place team at nationals since 1971, back to New Haven.

The sailors were once again greeted by a wind hold early on Friday as well as clouds and high levels of heat and humidity. By 11:00 a.m. a bit of breeze came in from the northeast ranging from three to five knots. The shifts were longer and spottier than the previous days, making tactical decisions even harder. The breeze became particularly unstable in the afternoon as the cloud cover shifted the wind around. A division's 13th race was abandoned three times, making for an exhausting afternoon. By the time the breeze held at a relatively steady speed and direction, it was 4:00 p.m., which meant that there was only time for one more race before the time cutoff of 5:00 p.m. Three races in each division today brought regatta totals to 13 races in each division.

Seniors skipper Joseph Morris and crew Isabel Elliman finished seventh in A division. While they struggled a bit to find consistency in the trying conditions, they finished the regatta on a high note with a second place. While the regatta was far from the best of the season, the duo can be proud of what they accomplished this season, the last of their collegiate careers.

Freshman skipper Graham Landy and junior crew Heather May took the win in B division, claiming the Robert Allan Jr. Trophy, which is awarded to the low point "B" team. They were the most consistent duo throughout the regatta with only three finishes outside of the top five. Their finish certainly bodes well for the future as they will both return to New Haven in the fall. Landy was the only freshman skipper to sail the entire regatta, putting himself firmly at the top of his class.

An awards banquet and dinner was held following the completion of the regatta. The top three teams received their trophies and the individual awards for the Nationals regatta were handed out. Sailors were also honored for the success they achieved throughout the entire 2011-2012 season with All American accolades. Junior captain Cam Cullman was named honorable mention All American skipper while Landy and Morris were named All American skippers, an honor that few receive. May was named All American crew for her outstanding work in the front of the boat all year with both Landy and Morris.

The Bulldogs will now head off in all sorts of directions for the summer. The Class of 2012 will be thrust out into the working world while underclassman will be studying abroad, interning at various venues across the states or coaching sailing at yacht clubs on both coasts. While the class of 2012 will be missed, the Bulldogs will return a deep squad of veterans this fall, which is sure to make them extremely competitive in the 2012-2013 season.

Report filed by Margot Benedict '12, Yale Sports Publicity   

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