No. 6 Bulldogs Third At Hood Trophy
Team Faces Variable Conditions Across East Coast
MEDFORD, Mass. – The No. 6 Bulldogs came home third at this weekend's Hood Trophy, hosted by Tufts. Yale also finished fifth at the White Trophy, the New England Match Racing Championship, hosted by the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and 15th at the St. Mary's Fall Intersectional hosted by St. Mary's College of Maryland. Results are not yet available for the Salt Pond Open, sailed Saturday.
Tufts' Mystic Lake is known for its wacky weather, but Saturday brought a particularly wild brand of shifty and puffy sailing. Two breezes fought for dominance in the skies over Boston, leaving Hood Trophy sailors scratching their heads as the wind kept edging further right, from WSW to NW.
Yale's first set in both A and B division set the tone for much of the weekend. In A division, sophomore skipper Cameron Cullman and senior crew Blair Belling rebounded from an 11th in race one to win race two. Juniors Rob Struckett and Isabel Elliman inverted those results, with a win in race one and a 12th in race two. Despite the variability the Bulldogs hung tough all day, and went into Sunday's action sitting third.
The wind did a 180 degree turn overnight, and Sunday's racing took place in five to 15 knot breezes. Cullman and Belling notched three race wins during over a consistent 14 races to win A division with 64 points. Struckett and Elliman won another race and finished seventh in B division with 112 points.
Yale also travelled up I-95 to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy for the White Trophy. Yale qualified for the event, the New England Match Racing Championship, via its win two weekends ago at the Harman Cup at Maine Maritime Academy. Sailors found lighter conditions on the Thames River, with a shifty four to 10 knot breeze on Saturday. Sailing for the Bulldogs was junior Joseph Morris and freshmen Max Nickbarg, Amanda Salvesen and Chris Segerblom. The top-four teams from Saturday's racing action transferred to Sunday's final round, but Yale finished tied for fifth just one win short of the transfer position.
A team of Bulldogs went out of district to St. Mary's City, Md., for the St. Mary's Fall Intersectional. Sophomores and women's team regulars Claire Dennis and Heather May tried out co-ed competition in A division, while senior Andrew Kurzrok and sophomore Grace Zimmerly represented Yale in B division. The regatta utilized St. Mary's FJs and 420s, keeping the race committee busy and sailors constantly on the water. The divisions switched fleets halfway through the regatta.
Saturday brought a variable breeze, made more difficult by an ultra-short starting line. The organizers seemed on track to click of at least half of the 18 scheduled races per division, but around 2:30 the wind died and sailors were sent ashore. The wind returned long enough for one more A division race, leaving each fleet with six races completed heading into Sunday's action.
Like at Tufts, Sunday brought a change in direction and wind strength. Sailors now faced an extremely shifty northerly and 4-10 knot breezes. In a feat of endurance, the race committee launched 24 races to complete the entire regatta rotation. The Bulldogs finished 15th overall with 438 points.
Continuing the racing action, Yale travelled to Dartmouth for the Chris Loder Trophy, hosted by the University of New Hampshire. Calm greeted the sailors for much of the weekend, though organizers where eventually able to complete eight races per division. In A division sophomore Emily Billing sailed with senior Alexa Chu to a fifth place finish with 59 points. Seniors Tatyana Camejo and Nathan Stevens paired up in B division to finish eighth with 60 points.
Lastly, the Bulldogs sailed at the Salt Pond Invitational at the University of Rhode Island. Sophomores Rafael Fernandez and Senem Cilingiroglu sailed in A division and sophomore Zachary Foreman and junior Caroline Elenowitz raced in B division. The regatta was sailed in a puffy 4-18 knots, but full results are currently unavailable.
Next weekend Yale will travel to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy for the Danmark Trophy, MIT for the Smith Trophy and Connecticut College for Southern Series Three.
Report filed by Andrew Kurzrok '11, Yale Sports Publicity