May 29, 2013

No. 2 Bulldogs Sail Second Day of Nationals

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – After two full days racing, the No. 2 Yale coed sailing sits in sixth place at the Gill/ICSA Coed Fleet Race National Championship. The regatta will be completed tomorrow after four more races in each division.

 

Nine races were sailed today in breezy conditions. The Easterly built throughout the day, maxing out with puffs up to 22 knots. The heavy breeze also caused large waves, making boat speed all the more important on the racecourse.

 

In A division, skipper Graham Landy sailed the first three races with junior crew Eugenia Custo Greig before stepping up to junior crew Will Feldman in the heavier breeze for the remaining six races. The sailors struggled with consistency, especially in starting, however the A division Bulldogs still sit in an impressive third place in their division.

 

Junior captain Chris Segerblom with sophomore crew Katherine Gaumond sailed the first race in B division, before senior Cameron Cullman with junior crew Marlena Fauer sailed races seven and eight. Then Segerblom came back in with senior crew Heather May who had previously crewed for Landy. Segerblom and May got on a successful streak of three second-places in a row, moving them up to eighth in their division.

 

With four races left in this championship, the Bulldogs sit only 22 points out of a podium finish. The forecast calls for another heavy Easterly, and the Bulldogs plan to use the knowledge they gained today to improve their boat speed and consistency.

 

Racing begins at 9:45 a.m. Follow results online at http://scores.collegesailing.org/s13/gill-coed/.

 

Report filed by Katherine Gaumond '15, Yale Sports Publicity