NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The No. 2 Yale coed sailing team will race the ICSA/APS Team Race National Championship for the Walter C. Wood Trophy this Saturday through Monday in St. Petersburg, Fla.
The Bulldogs qualified for this event by placing fourth at a competitive New England Team Racing Championships hosted by Harvard earlier this spring. The Bulldogs went through a difficult weekend at that event, struggling with consistency in the shifty conditions. However, the Bulldogs made it through and are ready to prove themselves.
Yale is currently ranked No. 6 in the Sail One Design Team Race Rankings. However, the coaches creating the rankings do not underestimate the Bulldog's talent after a tough qualifier. Navy coach Brendan Healy comments that qualifiers was "a little bit of a slip for the Elis but expect this group to bounce back in a big way." Stanford coach John Vandemoer agrees, saying Yale will "likely be better at nationals."
The Bulldogs will be pitted against 13 other teams in a round robin format and then hopefully continue onto a final four, which will determine the winner of the Walter C. Wood Trophy.
Representing the Yale will be three skippers: senior Cameron Cullman, junior captain Chris Segerblom and sophomore Graham Landy. These skippers will be joined by a group of crews so that weight combinations will be ideal for all the possible conditions. Senior Heather May, juniors Eugenia Custo Greig, Marlena Fauer, Will Feldman and Amanda Salvesen, sophomore Katherine Gaumond and freshman Charlotte Belling will all be ready to sail during the three days. With a possible forecasted front coming through this weekend all weight combinations will be needed to ensure the Bulldogs have optimal boat speed on the race course.
May says that the major takeaway so far from this season is "how valuable it is to come together as a team." She says the goal for the National Championship will be to "keep striving forward by putting any losses behind us quickly." Segerblom is also confident, saying "there's nobody that we can't beat as long as we keep our cool and work together."
Follow results online live at http://new.livestream.com/collegesailingnationals/2013team. Racing begins at 9:00 a.m.
Report filed by Katherine Gaumond '15, Yale Sports Publicity