ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – The No. 2 Yale coed sailing team finished day two of the ICSA/APS Team Race National Championship in the lead. Yale still has four races of the top eight round robin to complete along with a final four round robin tomorrow.
The Bulldogs came into today tied for the lead with Stanford and Brown. Yale won the remaining four races of the initial round robin, while Stanford and Brown took more losses, putting Yale in the lead with a 12-1 record.
In their first race of the top eight round robin, the Bulldogs raced the Navy Midshipmen. Navy had just won a sail-off in order to qualify for the top eight round robin. On the top reach leg of this race, a collision between a Navy boat and a Yale boat snapped Yale's tiller. This breakdown caused sophomore skipper Graham Landy with crew Heather May to move from the one into the six, ending Yale's winning combination. Redress was awarded to Yale for this breakdown, and Yale won the re-sail later that day.
Notably, Yale took two losses against Georgetown and St. Mary's College of Maryland, both teams Yale had previously beat. In the two races Yale struggled off the line, were able moved into a winning combination, but then struggled with covering schemes on the last beat and lost the races.
Despite these losses, Yale still leads the regatta by one win over Brown, with St. Mary's College of Maryland in third. Going into the final day, Yale will strive to sail as cleanly as possible, bounce back quickly from any losses, and convert pairs quickly according to assistant coach Bill Healy.
Racing begins at 9:45 a.m.
Report filed by Katherine Gaumond '15, Yale Sports Publicity