NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Beginning this Friday, the No. 3 Yale coed sailing team will compete in the ICSA Match Race National Championship in Fort Worth, Texas. The Fort Worth Boat Club will host the regatta at Eagle Mountain Lake.
The Bulldogs will be competing for the Cornelius Shields Sr. Trophy, given to the winner of the championship. The Cornelius Shields Sr. Trophy was inaugurated in 1972 at the first championship held at the University of Southern California. That original championship was held in the Shields class, designed by Cornelius Shields Sr. himself. Shields was an early benefactor of college sailing and a member of the ICSA Hall of Fame.
Unlike most collegiate regattas, this championship will be sailed in a match race format in keelboats. Match racing pits each team head to head in a round robin. The team with the most individual wins at the end of the weekend wins the regatta. The Bulldogs are familiar with match racing, having won the New England Match Racing Championship to qualify for the national championship.
However, unlike the regional qualifier, which was sailed in Sonars, the national championship will be sailed in J/22's. The J/22 is a 22 foot fixed-keel sailboat with a jib, mainsail and spinnaker raced with a crew of three to four people.
The Bulldogs will be sending junior skipper Chris Segerblom and crews junior Max Nickbarg, sophomore Graham Landy and freshman Marly Isler to represent Yale at the national championship. This team of Bulldogs has yet to lose a keelboat regatta this fall, and hopes to continue this streak in Texas.
All racing will begin at 10:00 am on Friday. Results will be found at http://www.regattanetwork.com/event/5464#_home.
Report filed by Katherine Gaumond '15, Yale Sports Publicity