ST. MARY'S CITY, Md. – The Yale coed sailing team began the ICSA Western Semifinals today at St. Mary's. After the first day of racing, the Bulldogs sit in first place with a ten-point lead.
Today the Bulldogs sailed in Z420s. However, difficult conditions allowed for only two races in each division. Racing began at 9:30 a.m., but the light Southwesterly died by noon, leaving competitors waiting for better conditions until later into the evening.
Despite trying conditions, the Bulldogs excelled in today's conditions that really rewarded clean starting and boat speed. Juniors skipper Graham Landy and crew Katherine Gaumond placed second and third in their races in A division. Freshmen skipper Ian Barrows and Meredith Megarry also had a successful performance, finishing first and second in their two races.
Coach Bill Healy commented that the Bulldogs' consistency was due to having great starts and not getting trapped on the edges of the course.
The race committee will hope to get in more races tomorrow, but the forecast looks light once again. Only three races in each division are necessary to constitute an official regatta. After tomorrow the top nine teams from the Western and Eastern Semifinals will move onto the Gill Coed Dinghy National Championship.
Follow the racing tomorrow live at http://scores.collegesailing.org/s14/gill-national-champs-round-west/. The first race begins tomorrow at 9:30 a.m.
Report filed by Katherine Gaumond '15, Yale Sports Publicity