No. 4 Bulldogs Tack Back Towards Team Racing
Will Compete in Southern New England Team Race Intersectional
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – After a highly successfully two-week foray into fleet racing, the Bulldogs will return to the team racing discipline at the Southern New England Team Race Intersectional, hosted by Connecticut College and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. The team will also compete in Southern Series Three at University of Rhode Island.
The top teams in college sailing will gather in New London, Conn., for the SNETR. The event, recently deriving the moniker “SNEE-ter” from the acronym, is an important precursor to the New England Team Racing Championship, the Fowle Trophy, to be held in just over one month’s time.
The Bulldogs are bringing a full complement of sailors to the event: three complete pairings plus two heavy-air crews. Racing for the Bulldogs will be seniors Thomas Barrows, Mike Hession, Marla Menninger and Sarah Lihan, juniors Blair Belling and Liz Brim, sophomore Joseph Morris and freshman Rafael Fernandez. Lihan and Brim are fresh of their win at the Duplin Trophy, a women’s team racing event, last week.
The rest of the Yale co-ed team will invade the University of Rhode Island for Southern Series Three. The Bulldogs are sending two teams to the event. The fleet race regatta will be sailed on Point Judith Pond, in Wakefield, R.I. Joining the Yale sailors will be students from Coast Guard, Providence College, Tufts, University of Connecticut, University of Rhode Island, University of Vermont and Wesleyan. Attending for the Bulldogs will be senior John Vrolyk, junior Andrew Kurzrok, sophomore Isabel Elliman and freshmen Zachary Foreman and Grace Zimmerly. Other sailors will be confirmed for the event as it approaches.
Building high pressure throughout the weekend may make for light winds across New England. A low is expected to slide in sometime Sunday, which may provide the teams some relief. At the very least, however, the Bulldogs can look to a warm weekend with temperatures in the 60s.
All racing begins Saturday at 9:30 a.m.
Report by Andrew Kurzrok ’11, Yale Sports Publicity