October 14, 2009

No. 1 Bulldogs Anticipate Busy Weekend

Team Heads To Three Events

NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- With the fall campaign marching along for the No. 1 Bulldogs, this weekend will represent a test of the team's depth.  Sailors will compete in two different styles of racing at three sites.  Sailors will fleet race at the Captain Hurst Bowl at Dartmouth and the Great Herring Pond Open at Massachusetts Maritime Academy.  They will also team race at the Norm Reid Trophy Team Race at Boston College.

Fresh off his win at the Men's New England Singlehanded Championship, senior Thomas Barrows will anchor A division with crew Blair Belling at the Captain Hurst Bowl.  Sophomore Rob Struckett and junior Liz Brim will represent the Bulldogs in B division.  The sailors should expect shifty breezes at Dartmouth's infamous Lake Mascoma.  The team will compete in FJs, known for their ability to handle in difficult lake conditions.  Yale finished 10th at the event last year.

The other fleet race event of the weekend will occur on Great Herring Pond, near Buzzards Bay, Mass.  Mass. Maritime Academy utilizes a fleet of 420s, though the venue can be as shifty as any on the college sailing circuit.  While this is the dominant condition, the pond can surprise sailors.  Last year, Sunday's racing was cancelled due to sustained 25-knot breezes.  The Bulldogs finished 14th at the event.

Six sailors will compete in the Bulldogs' first team race of the season.  Unlike a fleet race, three boats from each of two schools square off in a low-point battle.  The regatta will be scored as a tournament bracket, with the winners advancing to the next round.  On Saturday, the Bulldogs will race 420s at the Norm Reid Trophy Team Race.  Boston College sails in Massachusetts Bay, which allows for conditions similar to those found at the McNay Family Sailing Center. 

All racing begins this Saturday at 9:30 a.m.

report by Andrew Kurzrok '11, Yale Sports Publicity