No. 4 Bulldogs Seek Gold Out West

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Team to Compete in ICSA Semifinals

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Bulldogs will travel to Seattle, Wash., to compete in the ICSA Semifinals this weekend.  The top nine finishers at the event, as well the top half of a parallel fleet in Charleston, S.C., will earn the right to compete at the ICSA/Gill Co-ed Dinghy National Championship.  Yale will also race at the Morris Trophy at Boston University and Southern Series Seven at Salve Regina. 

By virtue of their second-place finish at the New England Championship, the Bulldogs were seeded in the Western Semifinal.  The event, to be hosted by the University of Washington, takes place at Sail Sand Point, east of Seattle and Puget Sound.  Other New England teams include Harvard, Roger Williams and Salve Regina. 

Yale sailors left this afternoon on their cross-country trek.  Travelling Thursday will allow the team to adjust to the time change before sailing on Saturday morning.  In A division, senior skipper Thomas Barrows will sail with either junior Blair Belling or senior Michael Hession, depending on the conditions.  In B division, sophomore Joseph Morris will race with senior Marla Menninger. 

Closer to New Haven, the Bulldogs will also compete in the Morris Trophy.  The event is one of NEISA's last trophy events of the season.  Teams will take to BU's fleet of FJs for one more regatta on the shifty Charles River.  Yale has received a Charles River education this spring, with many sailors travelling to BU several times.  The team hopes to build on the momentum of earlier events to round out the season on a high note.  Sailing for the Bulldogs will be senior John Vrolyk, juniors Alexa Chu and Andrew Kurzrok, sophomore Isabel Elliman and freshman Rafael Fernandez.  Elliman and Vrolyk will sail both days, while Fernandez and Kurzrok will split skippering duties and sail with Chu. 

Yale will also compete in the last Southern Series of the year at Salve Regina.  Newport, R.I., promises to be an excellent venue for racing in early May.  The race committee has the option of racing the event in the open waters of Narragansett Bay, depending on conditions.  Sailors this weekend include junior Nathan Stevens, sophomore Margot Benedict and freshmen Emily Billing, Claire Dennis and Zachary Foreman.

After a blustery week at the McNay Family Sailing Center, calmer, warmer conditions appear to be in store for the weekend.  That said, especially on the Charles River, conditions can change in a flash.

All racing begins Saturday at 9:30 a.m. local time.

Report by Andrew Kurzrok '11, Yale Sports Publicity