No. 1 Bulldogs Sail Biggest Team Race of the Spring
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The No. 1 Yale coed sailing team returns to competition this weekend after training in Florida. The team will sail the Graham Hall Team Race at Navy and the Vietor Trophy at Salve Regina.
After a week of practice in St. Petersburg, Fla. with alumni Molly Carapiet '05, Cameron Cullman '13 and Joe Morris '12 along with former standout college sailors Zeke Horowitz from College of Charleston and Kyle Kovacs from Harvard. Taking full advantage of the extra coaching and competition these sailors provided, the Bulldogs sharpened both their team racing and fleet racing skills after a long winter. The Bulldogs will now travel back north for a weekend of competitive racing.
The Graham Hall is the largest team race regatta of the year, with 16 teams sailing in the intersectional. Racing will be done in both Navy's fleets of FJs and 420s. The Bulldogs will showcase their depth this weekend, traveling with a large group of sailors. Skippers seniors Max Nickbarg and Chris Segerblom, junior Graham Landy and freshmen Ian Barrows and Mitchell Kiss will be joined by crews senior Will Feldman, juniors Katherine Gaumond and Sarah Smith, sophomore Charlotte Belling and freshmen Natalya Doris and Meredith Megarry. With two classes of boats and forecasts for a variety of conditions, many of these sailors should expect time on the water this weekend.
At Salve Regina, another group of sailors will be fleet racing at the Vietor Trophy. Sophomore Eric Anderson will skipper with freshman crew Chandler Gregoire in A division while sophomore Henry Lewis will skipper for freshman Amelia Dobronyi in B division. All four of these underclassmen showed great improvement during spring break training and are looking forward to using these sharpened skills on the water this weekend.
Racing begins at 9:00 am on Saturday. Follow results at http://scores.collegesailing.org/.
Report filed by Katherine Gaumond '15, Yale Sports Publicity