NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The No. 1 Yale coed sailing team will compete in the Marchiando and Friis Trophies Team Race co-hosted by MIT and Tufts. Another Yale team will race at the Admiral Alymers Trophy at Massachusetts Maritime Academy. This is the final weekend of the regular season before qualifiers for Nationals begin.
The latest Sailing World College Rankings are out and Yale remains in the top. After victories at the Trux, the Owen and the Southern New England Team Race, Yale received 485 points in the open coach's poll, while No. 2 Stanford received 19 points less, with only 466 points. Yale received 14 of the 23 possible first-place votes. With this added confidence, the Bulldogs now head into the upcoming weekend.
The Marchiando and Friis Trophies Team Race is a unique event in its setup. On the first day of the event, eight of the teams will sail at Tufts on Mystic Lake, while the other eight teams will sail at MIT on the Charles River. After competing for a day, the top four teams from each venue will then compete at MIT on Sunday. The bottom four teams will race of Tufts in a consolation round. Yale is seeded to compete at Tufts on Saturday, and will then hope to move onto MIT for the top-eight round robin on Sunday. The Bulldogs placed second at this event last year.
Sailing for Yale will be the same three skippers that won the Southern New England Team Race last weekend. Senior Cameron Cullman, junior captain Chris Segerblom and sophomore Graham Landy will be joined by crews senior Heather May, juniors Eugenia Custo Greig and Marlena Fauer and sophomore Katherine Gaumond. These sailors will begin racing against top-ranked teams Boston University, Brown, Connecticut College, Dartmouth, St. Mary's College of Maryland, Tufts and University of Rhode Island on Saturday as they try to advance to the top-eight round at MIT on Sunday.
At the Admiral Alymers, two boats from last weekend's Mystic Lake Team Race will return to fleet racing at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy. In A division, junior skipper Max Nickbarg will sail with sophomore crew Sarah Smith. B division will be sailed by two freshmen, skipper Marly Isler and crew Emily Johnson.
All racing will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday. Follow results at http://scores.collegesailing.org/.
Report filed by Katherine Gaumond '15, Yale Sports Publicity