No. 2 Bulldogs Qualify for Team Race Nationals
BOSTON, Mass. – The No. 2 Yale coed sailing team placed fourth at the Fowle Trophy this weekend, qualifying for the ICSA Team Race National Championships. This means the Bulldogs have qualified for all six national championships this fall and spring season.
The Bulldogs were represented by senior Cameron Cullman with junior crew Marlena Fauer, junior captain Chris Segerblom with sophomore crew Katherine Gaumond and sophomore Graham Landy with senior crew Heather May.
It was a trying weekend for the Bulldogs. The unstable winds on the Charles River make any team racing combination unstable, and combinations changed many times throughout the races.
The Bulldogs almost did not make it into the top-eight round robin, but they received redress for a race against Bowdoin because of a broken hiking strap. Yale won the re-sail, advancing into the top-eight with a 0-3 record. Yale then bounced back given their second chance and won the next four races.
Yale then went 4-3 in the second top-eight round robin, advancing to the final six. Yale beat Brown and Dartmouth and lost to Roger Williams and Tufts. Yale also beat Boston College, but with a pending black flag hearing.
Coming off the water, the Bulldogs were unsure of whether they would qualify. The outcome depended on the black flag hearing for the Boston College race and a protest hearing between Roger Williams and Tufts. If Yale lost its black flag hearing and Tufts won its hearing, the Bulldogs would not qualify for Nationals. However, Cullman argued the hearing and won, giving Yale a win over Boston College and a final 11-8 record, allowing the Bulldogs to finish in fourth.
Despite this rocky weekend, the Bulldogs still only finished two races out of first place, showing how difficult the weekend was for every team.
Yale will now train for the rest of post-season in preparation for the three national championships the team has qualified for. Part of the training will include the Alumni Regatta hosted at the McNay Family Sailing Center next weekend.
Report filed by Katherine Gaumond '15, Yale Sports Publicity