ANNAPOLIS, MD – This weekend, the No. 2 Yale coed sailing team placed fifth at the Navy Fall Invitational hosted by the US Naval Academy, the largest intersectional regatta of the fall season. The Bulldogs also finished 18th at the Captain Hurst Bowl hosted by Dartmouth.
The Navy Fall Invitational began on Saturday with a postponement until 2:30 pm because of lack of wind. Eventually a Southeasterly filled, building up to 10 knots by the end of the day. Six races were sailed in these conditions on a "Harbor Trapezoid" course. Going into Sunday, the Bulldogs sat in second place, tied with Georgetown University in third with 138 points.
Sunday was forecasted to have big breeze gusting past 16 knots. However, Sunday's racing was sailed instead in a 10-12 knot Southerly that shifted farther east throughout the day. Another eight races were completed. Because the Annapolis Boat Show was taking place this same weekend, motorboat chop built during the day making racing increasingly difficult. A division crew senior Heather May said that "adapting to the new conditions, whether shifting breeze or increasing chop, was the key to a solid race." The Bulldogs worked to maintain consistent finishes and finished in fifth overall
The four-division regatta is truly a group effort. In A division, sophomore skipper Graham Landy and crew May finished sixth. Junior skipper Chris Segerblom and freshman crew Charlotte Belling finished fifth in a talented B division. In Laser Full Rigs senior captain Cameron Cullman finished fourth and in Laser Radials senior Claire Dennis placed sixth.
Another team of Bulldogs traveled to the Captain Hurst Bowl at Dartmouth. Only six races were completed on Saturday. The Bulldogs stood in 18th place after Saturday's racing. Due to lack of wind, no saiing took place on Sunday at all, not allowing the Bulldogs to comeback after a frustrating Saturday of racing. In A division, junior skipper Max Nickbarg and sophomore crew Sarah Smith placed 18th, just losing the tiebreaker to Eckerd College for 17th place. Senior skipper Emily Billing and junior crew Amanda Salvesen placed 13th in B division.
Next weekend, Yale will compete at the Sherman Hoyt Trophy hosted by Brown, the Oberg Trophy at Harvard and the Boston College Invitational at Boston College. These events will be the last regular season regattas before the Bulldogs start the qualifying process for Atlantic Coast Championships.
Report filed by Katherine Gaumond '15, Yale Sports Publicity