ST. MARY'S CITY, Md. – After the first day of racing, the Yale coed sailing team sits in first at the APS Team Race National Championship.
Conditions were ideal at the St. Mary's waterfront today, with a seven to eleven knot northerly persisting all day. With this great breeze, the race committee was able to almost complete the first full round robin with all sixteen teams. Only 18 races remain in this first round robin before the top eight teams move on to the next round.
Yale finished the day with a 12-1 record, the best record of any team today. The team was focused on consistent starts across all three boats today so that the sailors could capitalize on their speed.
Proving the depth of the field at the national championship, some of the races were incredibly close. Coach Bill Healy describes the race against Tufts towards the end of the day, "freshman Ian Barrows jammed up the boats at the bottom mark and converted a 1,5,6 to a winning 1,2 combination."
Skippers senior Chris Segerblom and junior captain Graham Landy joined Barrows on the racecourse today with crews seniors Eugenia Custo Greig, Marlena Fauer and Amanda Salvesen, junior Katherine Gaumond and sophomore Charlotte Belling.
Yale took one loss during the day, with Georgetown winning with a play one. However, for a long regatta like this, resilience is key and the Bulldogs came back quickly from the loss.
The Bulldogs have two more races left in the first round robin tomorrow: College of Charleston and the home team St. Mary's. The St. Mary's race will be particularly exciting, as the Seahawks sit in second with only one more loss than the Bulldogs today.
Regardless of how these two races go, the Bulldogs' performance today has still guaranteed them a spot in the top-eight. From there on they will look to continue their consistent racing for the next two days.
Follow the racing with live coverage at http://2014nationals.collegesailing.org/live-coverage/team-race-nationals-coverage/.
Report filed by Katherine Gaumond '15, Yale Sports Publicity