NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Many members of the Yale coed sailing team will depart from their usually dinghy racing this weekend to compete in keelboats. Keelboat teams will be sent to the New England Sloop Championship co-hosted by Brown and New York Yacht Club, and to the Storm Trysail Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta at Larchmont Yacht Club. Bulldogs will also race at a more traditional dinghy regatta, the Moody Trophy at the University of Rhode Island.
The New England Sloop Championship at New York Yacht Club in Newport, R.I. is the district qualifier for ICSA Sloop National Championship in Texas Nov. 16-18. The Bulldogs qualified for this weekend's championship by placing first at the Pine Trophy earlier in the fall. However, while the Pine Trophy was a fleet race, the New England and National Championships will be held in a match racing format. This highly tactical style of racing means that each school will face each other one-on-one in a round robin. The team with the most wins at the end of the regatta will take home the championship. The only the top two teams from this event will earn a berth to Nationals, making the competition very high stakes. The regatta will also be raced in Sonars. The Sonar is a 23-foot keelboat sailed by three to five people. The Bulldogs have been working hard to get as much practice in this class as possible, traveling during the week to nearby yacht clubs with Sonar fleets throughout the fall season. Luckily, Yale has a team of sailors with extensive experience in both match racing and Sonars. Junior Chris Segerblom will helm with crew freshman Marly Isler, sophomore Graham Landy and junior Max Nickbarg.
The Storm Trysail Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta is the largest intercollegiate regatta in the world, with more than 400 sailors from all over the country competing. The event is held every year in October at the Larchmont Yacht Club in Larchmont, N.Y. The regatta is put on by the Storm Trysail Foundation, a charitable arm of the Storm Trysail Club, which is dedicated to the promotion of offshore and blue water sailing. Therefore, the regatta differs from most collegiate competition in both the venue of racing and the types of boats used. Because the foundation promotes offshore racing, the races are long distances held far offshore as opposed to the usual 20-minute races done in college sailing.
The Bulldogs will be competing in a J-105, a 34-foot one design keelboat with a retractable bowsprit and an asymmetrical spinnaker that requires six people to sail. Veteran of the Storm Trysail Regatta senior Zachary Foreman comments "One of the fun parts about big boat sailing is that you have to work in much larger teams just to keep the boat moving fast, so it really rewards groups that work well together." The Bulldogs will be sending a large team to this event. Foreman and fellow senior Rafael Fernandez will lead a team of underclassmen, sophomore Sarah Smith and freshmen Eric Anderson, Garrett Farrell and Emily Johnson.
The Bulldogs will also race FJs at Moody Trophy at the University of Rhode. After the lack of wind at the Danmark last weekend, Yale will be looking to prove itself in better conditions. Skippers senior Cam Cullman and junior Marlena Fauer will travel to the Salt Pond with crews freshman Charlotte Belling, junior Eugenia Custo Greig and freshman Sanam Rastegar.
All sailing will begin at 9:30 am on Saturday. Scores will be available at http://scores.collegesailing.org.
Report filed by Katherine Gaumond '15, Yale Sports Publicity