No. 2 Bulldogs Sit Fourth After Day 1 of ICSA/Gill Coed National Championship

Blair Belling and Thomas Barrows. (photo by Glennon Stratton,
Blair Belling and Thomas Barrows. (photo by Glennon Stratton,

Day 1 Results

Lake Mendota Finally Sees Consistent Breeze

MADISON, Wisc. – The Bulldogs' marathon through Madison has come to its final stretch, the coed national championship.  After fighting light breezes for the past week, a 6-15 knot breeze today helped the race committee click off the races.  At day's end, Yale sat in fourth with 95 points.  Boston College is currently in the lead with 58 points. 

This morning, college sailing's crowning event began to unfold before spectators at University of Wisconsin-Madison's Memorial Union and the watchful eyes of ESPN's cameras.  Eighteen schools gathered to compete in 420s across two divisions for the most important regatta of the year.  Only the hardiest teams made it this far; teams had to qualify for their district championship, qualify for the ICSA semifinal, and lastly, qualify for the national championship. 

Though the past week has been one of the lightest in recent memory, the coed championship got off to a quick start.  Senior Thomas Barrows and junior Blair Belling took to the water in A division and reeled off a fifth and a second in their first set.  Sophomore Joseph Morris and senior Marla Menninger represented Yale in B division and turned in a strong sixth and seventh.  The two groups alternated every two races, and Barrows and Belling continued with a 6-14-4-16 score-line.  Morris and Menninger turned in a 4-14-15-2 by day's end.     

A storm moving through the mid-west tonight may shake up the weather for tomorrow.  Forecasts predict thunderstorms are possible and the wind will range from 5-10 knots.

Follow the action live on Twitter here and on TechScore here.  Racing begins tomorrow at 9:30 a.m. CDT.

Report by Andrew Kurzrok '11, Yale Sports Publicity