ST. MARY'S CITY, Md. – The No. 3 Yale coed sailing team tied for fourth at the St. Mary's Team Race at St. Mary's College of Maryland during their first weekend of spring break training.
The team consisted of skippers senior Cameron Cullman, junior captain Chris Segerblom and sophomore Graham Landy with crews senior Heather May, juniors Eugenia Custo Greig and freshman Charlotte Belling. Fauer has been a long-time skipper on the women's team, but this was her first time crewing at a collegiate event. She commented that "crewing was fun but very different." With the upcoming Duplin Trophy, the only women's team race regatta of the year, Fauer enjoyed getting "a different perspective in team racing."
The Bulldogs sailed in light breezes throughout the weekend. On Saturday, a full round robin of all ten teams began. The Bulldogs had a disappointing start, winning only four of their nine races. Segerblom commented that "Saturday was disappointing because we didn't sail poorly, just let races slip away from us." Maintaining winning combinations on the final beat was particularly difficult. Segerblom said the take-away from the regatta was "it made us realize that we needed to be more disciplined in our covering schemes."
However, sailing a final six round robin on Saturday the Bulldogs made a comeback. Doing a better job with covering schemes, Yale finished the final six with a 3-2 record, taking wins from top ranked teams like Boston College, Brown and College of Charleston. With this result, the Bulldogs tied with Brown for fourth overall.
The Bulldogs will now spend spring break in St. Petersberg, Fla., the site of the ICSA Dinghy National Championships this spring. The Bulldogs will sail out of Eckerd College for the next five days, training twice a day and hoping to gain as much experience as possible at the venue of Nationals. To help them train, Yale sailing alumni Thomas Barrows '08, Stu McNay '05 and Joseph Morris '12.
After this week of training, the Bulldogs will sail their first fleet race of the season: the Truxtun Umsted hosted by the US Naval Academy. The Bulldogs won this event last year and will look to repeat that top performance.
Report filed by Katherine Gaumond '15, Yale Sports Publicity