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No. 3 Bulldogs Win New England Championships

Graham Landy and Heather May (© 2012 Rob Migliaccio)
Graham Landy and Heather May (© 2012 Rob Migliaccio)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – This past weekend, the Yale coed sailing team won the Erwin Schell Trophy at Brown. This win means that the Bulldogs both won the New England Intercollegiate Sailing Association Championships, but they also qualified for Atlantic Coast Championships at King's Point Merchant Marine Academy at the end of the fall season. Two teams of Bulldogs also placed fifth and sixth at the Dave Perry hosted at home.

The Erwin Schell Trophy is the perpetual district championship trophy that rotates between venues in New England. The top eight teams from the Schell qualify for Atlantic Coast Championships, the culmination of the fall sailing season. This year the Schell was hosted at Brown University on the Providence River and sailed in Brown's fleet of collegiate 420's. The Bulldogs won the regatta by an impressive 31 points. In A division, sophomore Graham Landy with crews senior Heather May and junior Will Feldman placed second, losing only to the home team. Junior skipper Chris Segerblom and crews sophomore Katherine Gaumond, freshman Charlotte Belling and May won B division by 23 points. Their combined effort allowed the Bulldogs to adapt to the drastically different conditions throughout the weekend.

Saturday showed light conditions all day. Four races were sailing in each division in these conditions. Segerblom and Belling won all four of these races. Segerblom commented that the duo just tried to "keep it simple and start consistently." The key to their success was "being able to get to the first line of pressure." However, Hurricane Sandy's effects were felt on Sunday, bringing puffs up to 25 knots. Segerblom attributed the team's success to its crew depth. As the wind increased, heavier crews were put out on the water to form heavier teams. According to Segerblom, "crew substitutions went really smoothly and allowed us to confidently transition from race to race. 

At the McNay Family Sailing Center, Yale hosted the Dave Perry Trophy. The Bulldogs fielded two teams for the home event. A combined effort by seniors Emily Billing and Claire Dennis, juniors Max Nickbarg and Amanda Salvesen, sophomore Sarah Smith and freshmen Eric Anderson, Marly Isler, Emily Johnson and Megan Valentine allowed the Bulldogs to place fifth and sixth at the regatta. Because of high winds, the regatta was cancelled on Sunday.

Senior captain and reigning Singlehanded National Champion Cameron Cullman will travel to Long Beach, Calif. for the ICSA Men's Singlehanded National Championships to defend his title. The rest of the Bulldogs will take next weekend off, training for Atlantic Coast Championships Nov. 10-11.


Report filed by Katherine Gaumond '15, Yale Sports Publicity