Barrows Wins Mens New England Singlehanded Championship
Punches Ticket To Corpus Christi, Tex., For Nationals
NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Senior Thomas Barrows won the Men's New England Singlehanded Championship this weekend at Roger Williams University. Barrows bested 21 competitors in the Laser dinghy to take the New England crown. In double-handed action, the Bulldogs finished second at Southern Series Five hosted by the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and fifteenth at the Moody Trophy hosted by the University of Rhode Island.
College sailing in New England finally broke its recent habit of rainy weekends and light winds. Instead, this weekend brought sunshine and gusty breezes, testing a new aspect of the sailing repertoire. Team captain Thomas Barrows represented the Bulldogs at the Men's New England Singlehanded Championship, and the event got off to a quick start. Saturday's racing saw puffs reaching 25-30 knots --truly wild conditions. Competitors raced the Laser, a 13-foot dinghy sailed by one person. The Laser is extremely powerful for its size, demanding quick reflexes and superior sensitivity by the skipper. The Laser is Barrows' sailboat of choice: he has campaigned in the vessel during the summer months and was the collegiate national champion in 2007-2008. Barrows secured his berth in this year's national championship by putting together an impressive set of scores over two days of racing. He won four races and only finished outside the top five once in 19 races. Barrows won the event by 10 points over Fred Strammer of Brown.
"I'm excited about the win," Barrows said. "This weekend was shift and windy, and I was concentrating on qualifying [for nationals] and not making any big mistakes."
The top five finishers at the New England championship transfer to the national championship, known as the Glen S. Foster Trophy, which will be held Nov. 7-8 at Corpus Christi Yacht Club in Corpus Christi, Tex.
Bulldogs also raced at Southern Series Five at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. In A division, sophomore Genoa Warner and freshman Rafi Fernandez sailed to a third place finish. Senior Mike Hession and sophomore Jared Shenson won B division, and Yale finished second overall. The event was won by the University of Rhode Island, though a full scoring summary is unavailable at this time.
Four sailors also travelled to the University of Rhode Island for the Moody Trophy. Saturday featured variable, shifty breezes while Sunday's racing was sailed in a consistent 11-16 knots. Junior Andrew Kurzrok and sophomore Margot Benedict finished 17th in A division with 190 points and sophomores Rob Struckett and Stephanie Schuyler finished ninth in B division with 123 points. The Bulldogs finished 15th overall and the event was won by Brown.
Next weekend the Bulldogs will compete in four events. Sailors will head to Dartmouth for the Captain Hurst Bowl, to Mass. Maritime Academy for the Great Herring Pond Open, to Boston College for the Norm Reid Trophy Team Race and to Tufts for the Lane Trophy Team Race.
report by Andrew Kurzrok '11, Yale Sports Publicity