ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – The No. 2 Yale coed sailing team won the APS/ICSA Team Race National Championship today after three full days of racing.
Going into the final day of racing today, the Bulldogs were in the lead, but only with a single-race margin over second-place Brown and third-place St. Mary's. Yale still had to sail four races of the final eight round robin before advancing to the final four.
Yale had a rough start to the day, losing against the College of Charleston. However, the team had been stressing resilience throughout the weekend and bounced back quickly, winning the remaining three races against Brown, Roger Williams and Stanford.
There was a three-way sail-off between Brown, College of Charleston and Georgetown for two spots in the final four. Only Yale and St. Mary's had secure spots to advance. Brown and Georgetown won the sail-off and Yale continued into the final four with a two-race lead on St. Mary's.
Yale had a loss against every team in the final four, meaning that if it came to a tie, whoever won these last races would win. Therefore despite Yale's lead, the racing was still tight.
The Bulldogs faced the Georgetown Hoyas first. Fast off the line, Yale was able to take the win. St. Mary's beat Brown as well, meaning that the championship title was not yet decided.
The Bulldogs then faced their in-district rival, the Brown Bears. However, before the race began, St. Mary's lost to Georgetown, meaning the Yale had won the national championship regardless of the outcome of the final races. The Bulldogs were still unaware of their overall victory and went on to beat Brown as well. Yale finished the regatta with an impressive 18-5 record.
This was the first ever team racing national championship in Yale history. Racing for the Bulldogs these three days were senior skipper Cameron Cullman with junior crew Marlena Fauer, junior skipper Chris Segerblom with sophomore crew Katherine Gaumond and sophomore skipper Graham Landy with crews senior Heather May and junior Eugenia Custo Greig.
Assistant Coach Bill Healy was incredibly proud of the Bulldog's performance these past three days, saying it was probably the best he had seen the Yale team sail together. He commented: "they executed perfectly and gelled together as a whole."
Complete results can be seen here: https://2013nationals.collegesailing.org/.
Report filed by Katherine Gaumond '15, Yale Sports Publicity