First Team Racing Event Of Fall This Weekend
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Fresh off their successful weekend across New England, the Bulldogs jumped to third in the national rankings. Next, Yale will travel to Dartmouth for the Captain Hurst Bowl, Massachusetts Maritime for the Great Herring Pond Open and Boston College and Tufts for the Reid and Lane Team Races.
The Captain Hurst Bowl is one of the last northern regattas on the calendar. The event will bring together many of the top New England teams in Dartmouth's fleet of FJs. Fresh off his win at the New England Men's Singlehanded Championship, sophomore Cameron Cullman will skipper A division for the Bulldogs. Senior Liz Brim will join him in the bow of the boat. B division will be an all-freshman affair, with Chris Segerblom driving and Amanda Salvesen crewing. Last year's Captain Hurst was a painfully light affair, with four races per division over two days. Yale finished sixth.
A second team of Bulldogs will race at the Great Herring Pond Open. Massachusetts Maritime sails 420s on the pond, which is somewhat of a mismatch for sailors used to sailing FJs on light, shifty bodies of water. Nevertheless, the event could prove surprising—last year's regatta brought winds so strong that Sunday's racing was cancelled. Junior Genoa Warner will skipper A division, joined by junior Stephanie Schuyler. Senior Nathan Stevens will drive in B division and sophomore Senem Cilingiroglu will crew.
Six sailors will begin Yale's foray into team racing for the 2010-2011 campaign. Saturday the team will race at the Norm Reid Trophy hosted by Boston College before travelling to Tufts for the Lane Trophy on Sunday. Though pairings have not been confirmed, the team will include senior Andrew Kurzrok, junior Rob Struckett and freshman Max Nickbarg as skippers and senior Tatyana Camejo, junior Isabel Elliman and freshman Anna Han as crews.
Extreme weather could be on the horizon. Current forecasts call for gusts up to 39 miles per hour. Winds may abate by Sunday, but not by much. How teams transition through massive gusts and varying conditions will likely be the ticket to success on this blustery fall weekend.
All racing begins Saturday at 9:30 a.m.
Report filed by Andrew Kurzrok '11, Yale Sports Publicity