Tufts’ Jumbo Sails Are No Match For the Elis
MEDFORD, Mass. – The Bulldogs have only one more team race regatta on their spring 2010 schedule: the New England Championship. This weekend the team rounded out regular season team racing action by notching a third-place result at the Friis-Marchiando Team Race, hosted by MIT and Tufts. The Bulldogs also finished second at Team Race B Level at Roger Williams and 12th at the New London Invitational at Coast Guard.
The first thing to know about Tufts is that they sail Larks. These unique vessels, a hybrid between a 420 and an FJ, recently got a make-over with the addition of significantly larger main sails. These new, larger rags put more sail area up higher, where it has the potential to both scoot the boat forwards under more wind, but also the ability to flip the boat over. These new sails will force racers to walk the fine line between in- and out-of-control even more cautiously.
Saturday brought 5-20 knot breezes to Mystic Lake. Sailing for Yale were seniors Thomas Barrows, Mike Hession, Sarah Lihan and Marla Menninger, juniors Blair Belling and Liz Brim, sophomore Joseph Morris, and freshman Rafael Fernandez. The sailors took on the challenging conditions and knifed through Saturday’s round-robin action into the Gold Fleet for Sunday. Saturday brought no relief from the gusty winds, but at least air temperatures were comfortable. The Bulldogs put together a strong run to end the regatta with an 11-6 record, finishing third and losing to Tufts on a tie-breaker. Boston College won the event.
A second group of Bulldogs was also team racing on Sunday, at the Team Race B Level hosted by Roger Williams. Four teams arrived for the event, which meant the race committee could make quick work of each rotation. The breeze and current switched several times during the day, greatly advantaging one side of the course at times. In the course of four round-robins, the Bulldogs put together a 7-5 record, finishing second to Roger Williams. Sailing for Yale were seniors Rebecca Jackson and John Vrolyk, junior Andrew Kurzrok, sophomores Isabel Elliman and Jared Shenson and freshman Grace Zimmerly.
Lastly, several sailors travelled to Coast Guard for fleet racing action. Sailors encountered what Coast Guard head coach Mark Zagol termed “crazy conditions.” The wind topped out at approximately 25 knots on Saturday, and several competitors chose to retire. Sunday was more moderate, but breezy nonetheless. In A division sophomores Stephanie Schuyler and Genoa Warner sailed to ninth place with 145 points. Junior Nathan Stevens and freshmen Jo Hanle finished 14th in B division with 227 points.
Next week the Bulldogs will head to the New England Dinghy Championships at Connecticut College, the Oberg Trophy at Boston University, and host the Short Beach Invitational at the McNay Family Sailing Center.
Report by Andrew Kurzrok ’11, Yale Sports Publicity