The Bulldogs: Yale Corinthian

Starting us off Team Captain Phil on the Yale team:

Please tell us a little bit about team racing at your club
Yale Corinthian Yacht Club (pronounced yick-yick) had been in its present location from the early 20th century and in its most recent, renovated form since the mid 00s. In addition to hosting the Yale sailing team, the club hosts a number of local junior and high school teams as well as the infamous Snow and Satisfaction regatta, which Phil won in 2006. YCYC is active on the team racing circuit, regularly competing in the Lee trophy, Morgan Cup, Jackson Cup, and Cumberland Cup in London, for example. Generally our team racing efforts are self-funded and organized. Pulling it together is a group effort!

Tell us about how this year’s Baldwin Cup team came together, and why they make a good team
This year’s team is mostly a repeat from last year (and the 2005-2006 college season). For Baldwin Cup we try to get as many NHYC members as possible involved. It remains to be determined whether we’re a “great” team as you ask but I think we all get along!

And most importantly, what are your team’s theme songs?

And with that big of framing out of the way, on with the sailors!

Skipper Phil “White Whale”

Where are you from originally and what’s your sailing background? Newport Beach and Sabots, NHYC non-calm/CdMHS, Yale sailing team.

How have you trained for this regatta? Couple fleet races, team race practices, crewed for Zach a few times, 8 oz bud heavy cans.

What is your usual pre-regatta ritual? Pre regatta? Find babysitter(s), scrounge up the entry fee, rally the team.

What makes a good team racer teammate? Someone who understands how to work within a team. Also, mental toughness to handle the ups and downs esp. at Baldwin. Finally, training and experience with regatta parties!

Hardest or favorite part of Team Racing? When the team comes together and gets rolling!

Favorite Baldwin Cup moment? There’s a lot to love. I have two: showing up for the first time to see 24 glistening H20s and a cleared mooring field! Wow, what a venue we have! The second is seeing the trophy awarded. There seems to be such a good spirit of sportsmanship — and so much sailing — at this event that seeing the trophy awarded feels like a win for everyone, including the hosts and volunteers!

Who do you think is your biggest competition? Why? Will Wyatt find a babysitter for four straight days? Will Whitney survive four days listening to her “ultimate decision maker”? Will I find a way to blow some public speaking event, even if the skit gets cancelled again? So many questions, and I haven’t even mentioned Dorfman.

Why will your team win this year’s Baldwin Cup? Whoever wins this thing will have to earn it. Three days of the dramatic racing only 4v4 can provide. The Scylla and Charybdis of epic feasting and $0.25 beers with not one but two open bars. Caleb Dorfman. Media interviews and hot takes to navigate. Think about the baby, the baby.

Can’t say whether we’re going to do it, but we’ll try!

Crew Whitney “Lil Whitter”

Where are you from originally? Newport Beach

How have you trained for this regatta? Listening to Phil’s monologue’s about combos

What is your usual pre-regatta ritual? Coffee, and the waffle on Sunday

Hardest part of Team Racing? Counting and adding

Favorite Baldwin Cup moment? Still working on it

Who do you think is your biggest competition? Why? Our son – he controls the sleep

Why will your team win this year’s Baldwin Cup? Sheer luck

Skipper Zach Brown

Zach BrownWhere are you from originally and what’s your sailing background? San Diego and Youth Sailing, College Sailing, Team Racing, Olympic Sailing

How have you trained for this regatta? Practiced in Harbor 20s a few times this spring

What makes a good team racer teammate? Fast sailor who is consistent at starting and not afraid to get agressive

Hardest or favorite part of Team Racing? Favorite part of team racing is winning as a team. When you make a mistake and your team has your back.

Favorite Baldwin Cup moment? Whenever Phil Stemler gets his butt up in the air poised to make a crazy move that will either win or lose us the race.

Who do you think is your biggest competition? Why? All Newport teams are tough to beat because they have a lot of experience in the Harbor 20s. Boat speed is king

Why will your team win this year’s Baldwin Cup? Because we practiced a little and we grew as a team throughout the racing to be game ready for a coin flip in the finals

Crew Caleb “Dorfburger” Dorfman

Caleb DorfmanWhere are you from originally and what’s your sailing background? Port Angeles, WA. Started out in Lido 14’s. Split time between skippering and heavy crewing at Yale.

How have you trained for this regatta? Going to the gym and trying to get pumped for the racing and party

What is your usual pre-regatta ritual? Getting riled up by Zach and Phil. It is probably counterproductive, but they are the skippers and if it helps them, I need to be fine with it.

What makes a good team racer teammate? Combination of course awareness, the ability to think through possible outcomes and execute on the game plan, perverseness, decent speed, and solid starting.

Hardest or favorite part of Team Racing? Always knowing that no matter the current pairing, the race is not over until the finish. Keeping track of 4 boats is tough as I can’t count very high.

Favorite Baldwin Cup moment? After being asked 3 times to sail, this is my first chance. However, I was there for part of the “off the water festivities” last year and the venue, announcing, volunteer spirit and $0.25 beers were fantastic.

Who do you think is your biggest competition? Why? The Newport Harbor team always has solid sailors and lots of time in the boat. Larchmont and NYYC are always good.

Why will your team win this year’s Baldwin Cup? We will definitely have fun and have a solid crew of friends

Skipper Chris “Sego” Segerblom

Chris SegerblomWhere are you from originally and what’s your sailing background? CA, now living in DC. Everything from sabots and H20s to 470s and catamarans

How have you trained for this regatta? I started my training long ago in the Dick Sweet sabot teaming racing series. More recently, I’ve attended some collegiate team race practices and dreamt about it.

What is your usual pre-regatta ritual? Hydrate and bran muffin.

What makes a good team racer teammate? The best teammate is the person you want in 1st when your team’s combo is 1,5,6 (excuse me… 1,6,7,8) and the person you want protecting the other side in a balancing situation. Crazy enough to give you some hope of a miracle when things look bad, but stable enough to trust as your wing man.

Hardest or favorite part of Team Racing? My favorite part is the hardest races — when your opponent is just as quick to see the play as you are so it comes down to which team can execute perfectly for the longest.

Favorite Baldwin Cup moment? Sailing the first ever Baldwin Cup with my dad when I was pretty young. There wasn’t much media and I definitely wasn’t 21 so I’m fairly confident that this year will bring a new favorite moment.

Who do you think is your biggest competition? Why? As a member of NHYC, I’ve raced with them and know how much preparation they put in leading up to this event.

Why will your team win this year’s Baldwin Cup? The other teams will write us off as a bunch of nerds that are ill-equipped for a weekend of fierce racing and non-stop partying. This will be the last year they make that mistake.

Crew Nicole “Tricky Nicky” Breault

Nicole-Breault-2015Where are you from originally? Connecticut via San Francisco

And what’s your sailing background? Well-seasoned

How have you trained for this regatta? Visualization exercises

What is your usual pre-regatta ritual? Anti-rigor mortis stretching

What makes a good team racer teammate? A good attitude and attention deficit disorder

Hardest or favorite part of Team Racing? The last leg come from behind victory

Favorite Baldwin Cup moment? Hard to say… the whole event is a blast.

Who do you think is your biggest competition? Why? Whether they are red, aqua, yellow or orange… we will approach them all with our clever and tenacious spirit.

Why will your team win this year’s Baldwin Cup? Yale blue flows through our veins.

Skipper Molly “Molls” Carapiet

Where are you from originally and what’s your sailing background? San Francisco, and Yale and El Toros

What is your usual pre-regatta ritual? Ignoring all the harassing emails from the Media Team

Hardest or favorite part of Team Racing? I think the hardest part of team racing is making a mistake and feeling like I let my team down.

Favorite Baldwin Cup moment? Hearing Phil, my current team mate, as the announcer while I was racing for StFYC a few years ago.

Crew George Malcolmson

George MalcolmsonWhere are you from originally and what’s your sailing background? Austin, TX, and the faster the better

How have you trained for this regatta? Crashing my mountain bike. Crashing my road bike. Crashing while backcountry skiing. Crashing my diet plan. Nursing the wounds.

What is your usual pre-regatta ritual? Sunglasses, coffee, gloves, egg sandwich, gatorade. Wake up.

What makes a good team racer teammate? Competitive. Perspective. Tenacity. Wit.

Hardest or favorite part of Team Racing? The hardest part definitely includes: Logistics. The best part: Winning as a Team.

Favorite Baldwin Cup moment? The fans, the cheering and $0.25 beers.

Who do you think is your biggest competition? Why? NHYC, they have experience in the boats that can’t be matched.

Why will your team win this year’s Baldwin Cup? We’re fast, we’re smart. We enjoy sailing together.

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