No. 4 Bulldogs Race Across New England

Team Gearing Up for ICSA Semifinals Next Weekend 

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Bulldogs wound down their regular season competition this weekend, racing the BU Trophy at Boston University, the Thompson Trophy at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and the Priddy Trophy, the New England Freshman Single-Division Championship, at Mass. Maritime Academy.

Yale returned to Boston University to take on the mighty Charles River this weekend at the BU Trophy.  Like much of New England this weekend, the event was fraught with light winds.  The first two races on Saturday had to be abandoned because of windshifts as well as the last race on Sunday.  In A division, senior John Vrolyk and sophomore Isabel Elliman placed eighth in division with 54 points.  The pair logged three top-fives in eight races.  Junior Nathan Stevens and freshman Senem Cilingiroglu finished ninth in B division with 67 points.  They finished in the top five twice.

The Bulldogs also travelled to the Thompson Trophy, New England's intersectional this weekend.  The Eli's usual top skipper combination, senior Thomas Barrows and sophomore Joseph Morris, were given the weekend off in advance of next weekends ICSA Semifinal Championship.  Filling in for Barrows in A division was junior Andrew Kurzrok, who sailed with freshman Grace Zimmerly.  Freshman Emily Billing stepped up into Morris' place, and she sailed with sophomore Margot Benedict.  The event featured stiffer competition than the sailors typically compete against, and the event was seen as a chance to learn and a benchmark for off-season improvement.  Winds at Coast Guard were highly variable all weekend, with sailors fully hiking sometimes and sitting on the traveler bar at other times.  Current was a major factor throughout much of the weekend.  Both pairs finished 17th in their respective divisions, and Yale finished 17th overall.

This weekend also gave the freshman class an opportunity to shine, with the freshman-only Priddy Trophy.  Unlike most collegeiate events that have both an A and B division, the Priddy only has one division.  Rafael Fernandez and Jo Hanle represented the Bulldogs at the event.  The race committee ran nine races on Saturday in 10-15 knots of wind.  Sunday's racing was more precarious, with a shifty, dying breeze.  The Bulldogs finished 13th with 145 points.

Next weekend the Bulldogs will travel west to Seattle, Wash., for the ICSA Semifinals.  18 teams will compete, and the top nine transfer to the ICSA/Gill Co-ed Dinghy National Championship at the University of Wisconsin. 

Report by Andrew Kurzrok '11, Yale Sports Publicity