March 25, 2010

No. 4 Bulldogs Prepare for Ivy Championship

Team in Search of Ivy Three-peat

NEW HAVEN, Conn.—The back-to-back Ivy champion Bulldogs look to score their third title in a row this weekend at Brown.  The Ivy regatta, known as the Mosbacher, Knapp, and Owen trophies, will be sailed in 420s.  Other Yale teams will head to Roger Williams and Salve Regina. 

The Ivy Championship has long been a point of pride for the Bulldogs.  Victories the previous two years have provided significant momentum toward the national championship qualifiers.  Last year, the Bulldogs won the event by a large margin.  However, in 2007 Yale edged out Brown for the title by a single point.  Sailing for the Bulldogs in A-division will be current NEISA Sailors of the Week senior Thomas Barrows and junior Blair Belling.  B-division will be sailed by sophomore Joseph Morris and senior Marla Menninger.  Freshman Rafael Fernandez will accompany the team and substitute in for Belling if the winds turn brisk. 

Six Bulldogs will head to Roger Williams on Saturday for the Team Racing B Level.  Racing will be seniors Michael Hession and John Vrolyk, junior Andrew Kurzrok, sophomore Isabel Elliman and freshmen Senem Cilingiroglu and Grace Zimmerly.  The event will mark Hession’s first collegiate team race regatta as a skipper, but he is by no means a newcomer to the team racing game.  Last fall, Hession, crewing for Stu McNay ’04 on an all-Bulldogs team, won the U.S. Team Racing National Championship, known as the Hinman Trophy.

Returning to fleet racing action, a squad of sailors will race in Southern Series Two at Salve Regina.  Sophomores Stephanie Schuyler, Jared Shenson and Genoa Warner and freshman Emily Billing will attend the event.  Both Billing and Warner are typically skippers on the women’s circuit, but will instead try fleet racing against a co-ed fleet in Newport, R.I.  Last weekend a team of Bulldogs faced Salve’s shifty conditions at the Veitor Trophy.  Similar conditions at the McNay Family Sailing Center at practice this week may help familiarize the skippers with the conditions they will likely see this coming weekend.

Temperatures this weekend are expected to be chilly.  Frontal turbulence across the Northeast may lead to a small craft advisory Saturday morning and Sunday afternoon.

Racing begins Saturday at 9:30 a.m.

Report by Andrew Kurzrok ’11, Yale Sports Publicity     

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