NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- The No. 1 Bulldogs returned to action this weekend, taking fourth at the Hood Trophy at Tufts and eighth at the Loder Trophy at UNH. Both events were marked by light breezes, but the Elis persevered to post strong results.
Racing at Tufts began just after noon on Saturday. Though the breeze was initially quite shifty, it eventually settled down to allow smooth racing. Ten total races were sailed, six in A division and four in B division. Sophomore Joe Morris and junior Blair Belling represented the Bulldogs in A division, finishing third with 68 points. In B division, sophomore Rob Struckett and junior Liz Brim finished sixth with 81 points. The Bulldogs finished fourth overall, 37 points behind regatta winner Roger Williams University. The Hood Trophy brought together 24 teams, more than the standard 18-boat regatta.
“When you have a bad finish it costs you quite a lot,” Struckett noted. "However," he added, “the regatta was solid in the end.”
Tufts is one of two schools in New England which sail the Lark dinghy. The Lark features a number of sail adjustments that sailors cannot make on a 420 or FJ, adding a layer of complexity to the event. The boat is well suited to the ephemeral breezes of Mystic Lake, Tufts’ venue, because if its quick acceleration and maneuverability.
“I had never sailed Larks before,” said Struckett. “It was an interesting experience. They are fun and quite powerful, so you can sail them in light wind. We got used to them quickly.”
Four Bulldogs travelled to the University of New Hampshire for the Chris Loder Trophy. Light, shifty breezes were the theme of the weekend. Saturday's racing featured numerous postponements due to lack of wind, abandonments due to uneven racing conditions, and large shifts in wind direction and strength. Four races were completed in each division in the tricky conditions in UNH’s fleet of FJ’s. Teams returned Sunday to find Mendum's Pond still. After a long postponement, the event was concluded without any racing on Sunday. In A division, skipper Genoa Warner and crew Stephanie Schuyler, both sophomores, finished eighth with 36 points. In B division, junior Andrew Kurzrok and sophomore Margot Benedict finished sixth with 29 points. The Bulldogs finished eighth overall, and the event was won by Dartmouth. The event is named for Chris Loder, a former team captain of the UNH sailing team.
The Bulldogs’ fall season continues next week with three events. Sailors will compete in the Danmark Trophy at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, the Smith Trophy at MIT and Southern Series Four at Connecticut College.
Report by Andrew Kurzrok ’11, Yale Sports Publicity