We got a chance to sit down with Graham Landy, a sophomore All-American on the Yale sailing team, to answer a few questions. Check out what he had to say about college sailing, San Francisco and candy…
You won B-Division last year at College Nationals last summer as a Freshman, a feat last accomplished by USA45 skipper Charlie Buckingham in 2008. Tell us a little about that.
It was exiting to be able to test my skills on such a big stage my freshman year. I had been working hard throughout the spring to improve my consistency and it paid off at nationals; I was starting really well and making sound tactical decisions. In the end, the scores in my division were close, but I managed to hold off the competition despite being OCS and having to clear myself in the last race of the regatta.
How can you translate dinghy, short course, college sailing into the fast paced, multihull racing you do aboard the AC45?
Similar to short course dinghy racing, the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup will place a premium on boathandling skills. Every tack, gybe, and mark rounding will be critical to the outcome of the race. Just as in college knowing when to play the fleet and when to play the wind will be a critical decision to make. Obviously, everything happens so much faster in an AC 45 than in college dinghies, so keeping my head out of the boat will become even more important.
Earlier this year you competed in Miami OCR in the 470 class. What are your future plans in the 470 look like?
After training for around ten days in the 470 in January, Chris Segerblom and I competed in the 470 North Americans. I enjoyed the boat tremendously, but am unsure of my future plans in the class. Hopefully I can find some time to sail 470s in San Francisco this summer to gain some more experience before making any major decisions about my future.
You are a self proclaimed ‘candy connoisseur’. You must have a favorite.
I do have a love for candy and other sweets. My favorite would have to be sour apple belts.
When you aren’t sailing, where would one most likely be able to find you?
As bad as it sounds, when I’m not sailing or in the gym I am probably on the couch watching TV or a movie.
Lastly, what are you most looking forward too about spending your summer in San Francisco?
This summer I am really looking forward to building a great deal of teamwork with a bunch of guys that I am usually competing against. Outside our sailing, I hope to make it to a few concerts and be able to watch some of the AC72 racing in the Louis Vuitton Cup.
Photo: Graham sailing a Lark dinghy with crew Heather May at a college sailing regatta.