NEW HAVEN, Conn.- The co-ed sailing team entered and exited Ray Tompkins House with the same captain, as junior Joseph Morris was elected captain once again. Besides being a two-time captain, Morris is also a two-time All-American, a member of the US development team and a key player in the Bulldogs successes over his three years on the team.
Morris came to Yale with plenty of accomplishments under his belt. He was a doublehanded and singlehanded national champion in high school as well as a member of the US 420 team at the World Youth champions three times. He was also the captain of the sailing team his sophomore, junior and senior years in high school, preparing him well for the job at Yale.
Upon arriving in New Haven, Morris made an instant impact on the team, stepping in as the B division skipper. He was named the New England Intercollegiate Sailing Association rookie of the year in 2009 and received All-American honors, the only freshman to do so, after finishing fourth in B division at the ICSA National Championships.
Morris continued his success in his sophomore season. He once again claimed All New-England and All American honors after completing a successful season in B division.
With the graduation of Thomas Barrows '10, Morris fully transitioned into the role of leader as he moved up to the A division boat for the fall season. Making the transition was seamless for Morris as he once again found great success across the Northeast.
Morris is very excited for his second season as captain and feels that a year of experience under his belt will improve the experience.
"I am better prepared to deal with some of the issues that may come up, more connected with our coaches and have a better understanding of all the jobs that being captain entails," said Morris.
McNay Family Director of Yale Sailing Zack Leonard is also pleased with the choice of Morris for a second year.
"Joe has proven that he is an excellent captain and will get another chance to lead the co-ed team. I'm looking forward to working with him for another year," said Leonard.
With the spring season just around the corner, Morris has big plans for the team.
"Our goals for the season remain primarily the same. I want the team to train hard throughout the spring and qualify for the National Championships in both team and fleet racing. From there, we would like to be in a position to win against the best in the nation. If we are able to do that then we will have had a successful season regardless of the final result."
Barring any weather conflicts, the Bulldogs will kick off the season Feb. 26 and 27 at the New London Fleet Race hosted by Coast Guard and at the Tom Noble Team race hosted by Washington College.
Report filed by Margot Benedict '12, Yale Sports Publicity