ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – The coed collegiate sailing national championships began today with the first day of the ICSA/APS Team Race National Championship. The No. 2 Yale coed sailing team started the regatta strong with an 8-1 record at the end of the day. The Bulldogs are currently tied for first.
The format for this event begins with all 14 teams racing each other in a round robin. The Bulldogs were able to race nine of the thirteen races in the initial round robin today. The morning began with a strong 12 knot Easterly that decreased in velocity and shifted north as the day continued.
Sailing for the Bulldogs in these first races were skipper senior Cameron Cullman with junior crew Marlena Fauer, junior captain Chris Segerblom with sophomore crew Katherine Gaumond and sophomore Graham Landy with junior crew Eugenia Custo Greig in the first three races and senior crew Heather May in the subsequent races.
The final race of the day was especially important, pitting Yale against undefeated Stanford. Yale capitalized on an excellent start and finished 1-2-5. Stanford coach John Vandemoer commented that his team "got beat off the line" and were therefore unable to come back for the rest of the race. With this win against Stanford the Bulldogs were able to pull into the lead, tied with Brown and Stanford.
The Bulldogs still have tough races ahead of them, facing defending national champions College of Charleston along with Georgetown, Hawaii and Texas A&M.
Racing begins again tomorrow at 9:45 a.m.
Report filed by Katherine Gaumond '15, Yale Sports Publicity