May 7, 2010

No. 4 Bulldogs Prepare for New England Team Race Championship

Top Three Transfer to ICSA/APS Team Race National Championship

NEW HAVEN, Conn – Fresh off qualifying for the dinghy national championship, the Bulldogs hope to add another event to their agenda in Wisconsin this May.  The top three finishers at this weekend's Fowle Trophy, the New England Team Race Championship, will secure berths at the ICSA/APS Team Race National Championship.  Salve Regina hosts this year's Fowle Trophy.

The Bulldogs have been grinding away on the national circuit since mid-February, and the regular season comes to an end this weekend.  NEISA's best team racers will descend on Salve Regina to fight for the right to represent the district at nationals.  In this ultra-competitive event, only three of the 12 teams competing will move forward.  The regatta will be sailed in 420s, a boon for the Bulldogs because they race 420s at the McNay Family Sailing Center.  

Yale has had this event circled on the calendar for some time.  Senior Sarah Lihan and junior Liz Brim became the third leg of the team this spring, and a major focus has been perfecting the team's communication.  After a number of strong results, the Bulldogs will have the chance to race for the season's honors. 

The Bulldogs are bringing a full squad to this year's event.  Joining Lihan and Brim will be seniors Thomas Barrows, Mike Hession and Marla Menninger, junior Blair Belling, and sophomore Joseph Morris.  Freshmen Claire Dennis and Heather May will be travelling with the team to learn more about top-flight team racing. 

Conditions this weekend will test the sailors.  Rain and a high of 58 degrees are forecast for Saturday, along with a 10-15 knot breeze. 

Racing begins at 9:30 a.m.

Report by Andrew Kurzrok '11, Yale Sports Publicity

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