CHARLESTON, S.C. - The No. 2 Yale coed sailing team began its spring season by winning the Bob Bavier Team Race at College of Charleston this weekend. The Bulldogs did not attend the practice event at Roger Williams due to weather concerns.
The team arrived in Charleston Friday morning, and was able to shake off some rust practicing against the Charleston Cougars before the regatta. For many of the Yale sailors, this was their first time in a dinghy since the Atlantic Coast Championships in November.
Saturday saw a consistent three to seven knot Northeasterly with strong current, causing the race committee to set the course by Crab Bank instead of in the Cooper River. Yale lost its first race of the day to Boston College, but quickly found its rhythm team racing again. Switching between FJs and 420s, the Bulldogs finished the day tied for first with Stanford with a 10-3 record, with losses to Charleston and Stanford.
Sunday began with a wind delay, until a five to eight knot Southwesterly filled in, allowing the race committee to finish the second round robin, and a final four. The Bulldogs won their remaining races in the second round robin, moving them into the final four. Yale then took wins against Charleston and Stanford, earning them a win for the regatta. Therefore, even though Yale lost its final race against Georgetown, it took home the win with a 17-4 record.
This impressive result shows that despite lack of practice, the Yale team is ready to begin another competitive team racing season. Sailing for the Bulldogs this weekend was senior skipper Chris Segerblom with sophomore crew Charlotte Belling, juniors skipper Graham Landy with crew Katherine Gaumond and freshmen skipper Ian Barrows and crew Meredith Megarry.
Results can be found at http://scores.collegesailing.org/s14/bob-bavier-team-race/.
The Bulldogs will now travel to St. Petersburg, Fla. to train with alumni for a week, and then return to competition.
Report filed by Katherine Gaumond '15, Yale Sports Publicity