Strong Spring Training Trip Hones Team’s Skills
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- The Bulldogs are winding down a successful week of practice here and will travel this weekend to St. Mary’s City, Md., for the St. Mary’s Team Race. Charleston has shown the Bulldogs a variety of conditions, from glassy calm, to a light drizzle, gusty breezes and short chop. The team has focused mainly on team racing, the style of racing it will encounter throughout much of the rest of the spring.
28 Yale sailors have spent the last week studying team racing, competing against students from the College of Charleston and Georgetown and sailing amongst the porpoises that frequent Charleston Harbor. Though team racing has been the focus of the week, Wednesday also included several fleet races.
The team hopes to leverage its time in Charleston this weekend at the St. Mary’s Team Race. Representing the Bulldogs will be seniors Thomas Barrows, Sarah Lihan and Marla Menninger, juniors Blair Belling and Elizabeth Brim, and sophomore Joseph Morris. Though the team did not compete at last year’s St. Mary’s Team Race, this year it will face off against many of the top teams in college sailing, including top-ranked Boston College, College of Charleston, Georgetown, Old Dominion, Roger Williams, U.S. Naval Academy, Vermont and St. Mary’s.
Belling has appreciated her times sailing south of the McNay Family Sailing Center.
“It was beneficial to sail against other teams in practice. It puts us in a competitive and serious mindset for racing.”
This weekend’s racing begins at 9:00am.
Report by Andrew Kurzrok ’11, Yale Sports Publicity