October 4, 2010

No. 6 Bulldogs Show Strength

Danmark Trophy Results

Smith Trophy Results

Southern Series Three Results

 

Strong Performances Across New England

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The No. 6 Bulldogs powered through what some commentators called the first national-level event of the fall, taking third at the Danmark Trophy hosted by the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.  Yale followed this with a win at the Smith Trophy, hosted by MIT.  The Blue also finished eighth at Southern Series Three, hosted by Connecticut College.

20 teams descended on New London, Conn., for the Danmark.  Nine of the top 10 teams in the country were present, including New England competitors Boston College, Brown, Harvard, Roger Williams and Tufts.  Unlike most collegiate events where A and B division switch off every two races, Coast Guard utilized both of its fleets of FJs and 420s.  As a result, both divisions spent all day on the water.

Saturday brought light breezes and a strong current that tried to push competitors into Long Island Sound.  The breeze continued to dither all afternoon, hampering the racing.  In A division, junior Joseph Morris and freshman Amanda Salvesen sailed seven races.  Sophomore Cameron Cullman skippered for senior Blair Belling in B division for their six races.

The wind arrived on Sunday and brought brisk fall temperatures.  A 10-12 knot breeze in the morning stretched to gusts of 17 knots by late afternoon.  Sophomore Heather May replaced Salvesen in A division, and the freshmen rotated in for Belling in B division.  Sensing even windier conditions, May dropped to B division for the last set of the regatta, assisting Cullman to a fifth and a third.  Yale finished second in A division and 10th in B division to take third overall.  St. Mary's won the event. 

The Bulldogs also travelled to MIT for the Smith Trophy, sailed in the illustrious Tech dinghy.  The Tech is a wide boat with a single mainsail.  In what is likely the largest single event in the country all year, 26 boats took to the course for a weekend of racing on the Charles.  Saturday brought "text book lessons on river racing in an oscillating breeze," according to the regatta report by MIT Sailing Master Fran Charles. "Take the rightie to the leftie and tack when the boom hits you in the forehead."  The wind ranged from 7-10 knots, with the typical wide variances in direction commonly found on the Charles River.

Freshman Chris Segerblom sailed his first Tech with senior Elizabeth Brim and made a quick statement by winning the fourth race of the day.  B division's freshmen pair of Max Nickbarg and Anna Han showed the strength of the rookies with a second-place finish in their fifth race. 

Sunday brought slightly more breeze. The Bulldogs kept at it all day, taking the final starting gun at 4:27 p.m., precisely three minutes before NEISA's 4:30 p.m. cutoff time.  The Bulldogs' youth overpowered others' experience and Yale took the regatta win by six points over Roger Williams.

Lastly, Yale sent a second team to New London to race in Southern Series Three at Connecticut College's venue, just up the Thames River from Coast Guard.  Like their teammates at the Danmark, Southern Series sailors found light winds on Saturday.  The race committee completed six races in both divisions before a lack of breeze forced the end of racing.  In A division, senior Andrew Kurzrok paired with sophomore Grace Zimmerly.  Sophomore Zachary Foreman and freshman Nace Cohen, making his collegiate debut, sailed in B division.

Sunday brought stronger breeze and the Race Committee pushed hard to complete the full regatta rotation by 2:30 p.m. By day's end, Yale was sitting in eighth and Brown won the event. 

Next week the Bulldogs will compete in the Storm Trysail Regatta at Larchmont Yacht Club, the New England Men's Singlehanded Championship at the McNay Family Sailing Center, the Moody Trophy at Rhode Island and Southern Series Four at Roger Williams.

Report filed by Andrew Kurzrok '11, Yale Sports Publicity