September 21, 2009

No. 3 Bulldogs On A Roll

Victory At Nevins Trophy Highlight Of Action-Packed Weekend

Hatch Brown Trophy Results

NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- The No. 3 Yale Bulldogs won their second regatta in two weeks, capturing the Nevins Trophy at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, N.Y. Elis also competed at the Hatch Brown Intersectional hosted by MIT and Boston University and Central Series Two at Boston College.

A week after winning the Harry Anderson Intersectional at home, the Bulldogs struck again to take the Nevins Trophy by one point over Brown. Sailors faced varying conditions on Saturday with much of the racing being sailed in 8-14 knots of wind. Sunday was much lighter and shiftier with wind speeds clocking a mere 3-5 knots. In A division, senior Thomas Barrows and junior Blair Belling took first place with 51 points. Sophomore Joe Morris and senior Marla Menninger finished fourth in B division with 68 points. While both A and B divisions sailed in the double-handed collegiate FJ, freshman Claire Dennis raced a single-handed Laser Standard in C division. Dennis finished seventh in C division with 99 points. For Dennis, competing in the Laser Standard offered a new challenge. The Standard -- the men's Olympic-class, single-handed dinghy -- has a larger sail area than the Laser Radial she typically sails. Dennis took change in stride to post a score-line including two top-five's and one win.

Two teams of Bulldogs travelled to Boston this weekend. The Hatch Brown Intersectional at MIT featured the Charles River's infamous shifty and puffy conditions. The Bulldogs finished 16th overall with 659 points and the event was won by Boston College. Sophomore Rob Struckett and junior Liz Brim posted five top-five's in A division, including three in six races on Sunday. Juniors Andrew Kurzrok and Alexa Chu scored one top-five and four top-ten's over the regatta's 18 races. In C division, freshmen Emily Billing and Heather May recorded two top-five finishes and four top-ten's.

Across the city at the Savin Hill Yacht Club, Yale sailors finished seventh overall at Central Series Two. Senior Mike Hession and sophomore Jared Shenson finished sixth in A division with 65 points. Senior John Vrolyk and sophomore Aly Kerr finished sixth in B division with 68 points. The event was Hession's debut as a skipper; he is normally a crew for the Bulldogs.

"[There are] a lot of different things to focus on," Hession said. "I found myself worrying about heel [the boat's angle of roll, an adjustment normally managed by the crew] when I should be looking at wind-lines, but Jared was a huge help doing it all."

The Bulldogs' fall season continues next weekend with another full racing agenda. Sailors will compete in the Hood Trophy at Tufts University, the Chris Loder Trophy at University of New Hampshire and Southern Series Three at the University of Rhode Island. All racing begins at 9:30 a.m.

report by Andrew Kurzrok '11, Yale Sports Publicity

Correction, Sept. 21, 2009: A previous version of this article incorrectly stated Yale's finish at Central Series Two.

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