NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The No. 1 Yale coed sailing team will compete in the final team races before the New England Championship next weekend, the Marchiando Trophy at MIT and the Barque Eagle Team Race at Coast Guard.
The Bulldogs have been No. 1 in the fleet race rankings all season, but this week they have also claimed the No. 1 spot in the Sail One Design team racing rankings, pulling ahead of Stanford. In the coaches poll College of Charleston's Ward Cromwell comments that Yale "is still improving. They are very solid and hard to beat," while Navy's coach Brendan Healy writes that the Bulldogs "are firing right now."
With this momentum, the Bulldogs are ready to sail their final team race intersectional before the very competitive New England qualifiers for the ICSA Team Race National Championship at the end of May. The Bulldogs will look to perfect their racing at the Marchiando Trophy this weekend to come into qualifiers as prepared as possible. This year's qualifiers are hosted by Connecticut College on the Thames River, so hopefully this weekend's competition on the Charles River will allow the sailors to hone their skills in a similarly shifty venue.
Senior Chris Segerblom, junior Graham Landy and freshman Ian Barrows will skipper the event with crews senior Will Feldman, juniors Katherine Gaumond and Sarah Smith, sophomore Charlotte Belling and freshman Meredith Megarry.
The Barque Eagle Team Race hosted by the US Coast Guard Academy will give more underclassmen Bulldogs the opportunity to team race as well. Sophomores Eric Anderson and Marly Isler and freshman Mitchell Kiss will skipper with crews sophomores Emily Johnson and Sanam Rastegar and freshmen Clara Robertson and Isabelle Rossi de Leon.
Racing at MIT will begin at 11:00 on Saturday, while racing at Coast Guard will begin earlier, at 9:30 on Saturday. Follow results live at http://scores.collegesailing.org/.
Report filed by Katherine Gaumond '15, Yale Sports Publicity