NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The No. 1 Yale coed sailing team will race the New England Team Racing Championship this weekend at Connecticut College, hoping to earn one of the four NEISA spots to the ICSA Team Racing National Championship. The underclassmen Bulldogs will also team race at the Mystic Lake Invitational hosted by Tufts.
Twelve teams will be competing for the four New England berths at Connecticut College this weekend. NEISA is one of the deepest team racing districts in the nation. In the latest Sail One Design team race rankings, 10 of the top 16 schools in the nation come from New England, making competition for these slots to nationals very intense. Last year the Bulldogs barely qualified. The team placed fourth at this regatta, and then went on to win the national championship, proving the depth of Yale's home competition. While they have only placed behind a New England team once this season, losing a tiebreaker to Tufts at the Friis Trophy, the Bulldogs are expecting everyone to bring their top game to this weekend's qualifier and are ready for tight racing.
Yale will be sending a large squad to the Thames River to be prepared for all types of conditions. Seniors Max Nickbarg and Chris Segerblom, junior Graham Landy and freshman Ian Barrows will be set to skipper with crews seniors Eugenia Custo Greig and Will Feldman, junior Katherine Gaumond, sophomore Charlotte Belling and freshman Meredith Megarry.
The same underclassman skippers who sailed the Barque Eagle Team Race last weekend at Coast Guard will race together again at the Mystic Lake Invitational at Tufts. Skippers sophomore Eric Anderson and Marly Isler, and freshman Mitchell Kiss, will sail with crews sophomores Emily Johnson and Megan Valentine and freshman Clara Robertson. While both Coast Guard and Mystic Lake are known for unpredictable breeze and large shifts, the Bulldogs will have to adapt their boat handling from Coast Guard's heavy FJs and 420s to Tuft's powered-up Larks.
All racing will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday. Follow results live at http://scores.collegesailing.org/s14/.
Report filed by Katherine Gaumond '15, Yale Sports Publicity