June 5, 2014

Bulldogs Lead After Day One of Fleet Race Nationals

ST. MARY'S CITY, Md. – The Yale coed sailing team is currently in first place at the Gill Coed Dinghy National Championship hosted by St. Mary's. Nine races in A division and 10 races in B division were completed on this first day of racing. One more day remains.

 

Today had the best racing conditions at St. Mary's of the past three days. Racing began right at 9:30 a.m. with a 10 to 12 knot northwesterly. A division began in FJs and B division in 420s. In A division, junior skipper Graham Landy began sailing with senior crew Eugenia Custo Greig while freshman skipper Ian Barrows sailed with senior crew Amanda Salvesen in B division while the breeze was up. Both trapezoid and windward leeward courses were run. 

 

As the breeze died and became much shifter, Landy moved to junior crew Katherine Gaumond and Barrows switched to senior crew Marlena Fauer.

 

In these volatile conditions, the Bulldogs focused on consistency. Cleanly getting off the line so that the sailors could tack in the first shift to get to the major pressure on the course was necessary for good races. Salvesen commented, "We were concentrating on avoiding big mistakes. We weren't trying to win the regatta today, we just wanted to put the team in a good position for day two."

 

A division had a difficult start to the morning, struggling with being over early at the starts, but was able to turn tough races into respectable finishes. With shifty breeze and a fleet as deep as A division, every team is going to take bad races, and what is important is to minimize points in those and keep a good attitude in the next. Custo Greig, Landy and Gaumond currently sit in second place in A division, only 16 points behind first-place Tufts.

 

Barrows, Fauer and Salvesen had an incredibly impressive performance in B division today. These sailors only finished one race outside of the top five in very trying conditions. The Bulldogs are in first in B division by 27 points.

 

This combined effort has put the team in the lead at the championship, 48 points ahead on second-place Tufts.

 

There still is one entire day of racing left, with nine potential races in A division and eight in B division, meaning plenty of room for movement. The Bulldogs will have to stay determined to keep their lead.

 

First start is at 9:15 a.m. tomorrow morning. Follow results at http://scores.collegesailing.org/s14/gill-national-finals/full-scores/.

 

Report filed by Katherine Gaumond '15, Yale Sports Publicity 

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