No. 6 Bulldogs in Ninth Headed Into Last Day at Nationals
One Day Remaining in the 2010-2011 Season
CASCADE LOCKS, Ore.— The No. 6 Yale coed sailing team had an inconsistent second day on the water at the ICSA Dinghy National Championships pushing them back to ninth place overall with one more day to sail. The Bulldogs have been able to show great resiliency throughout the season and will look to bounce back and get some top results tomorrow in the final day of nationals competition.
The second day of nationals dawned on the lighter side as has been the norm for the week with about eight knots of breeze. Rather than dying completely as some feared, it built back up into the low teens, even reaching 15 knots and above at points as teams began to sub in heavier crews. Slowly, the wind came back to 12 or so as the long day on the water continued.
A and B division both sailed six races bringing the regatta total to 10 A races and eight B races. Due to the slow start in the morning, the race committee was unable to get as many races off as they would have liked.
The Bulldogs had a bit of an up and down day facing inconsistency with a few top results but also some deep races. In one of the A division boats, Yale was over at the start but did not realize it until a fair piece up the beat, forcing them to turn back around to the start, putting them pretty far behind the fleet.
Hopefully the rough breaks that Yale had out on the water today will turn around for tomorrow as the race committee will try to get as many races off as possible, in an attempt to reach a full rotation. In order to do that the breeze will have to be a bit better in the morning, allowing for more races to be completed earlier in the day.
Report filed by Margot Benedict '12, Yale Sports Publicity