Bulldogs Return to the Water Eager to Continue Fall Season
NEW HAVEN, Conn.—Last weekend's great results propelled the No. 1 Yale coed sailing team from fifth to first in the national rankings. The Bulldogs will hit the water for the second weekend of the fall season after a week of correcting any issues that appeared in the first weekend of racing. The Bulldogs will travel to Cambridge, Mass., for the Hatch Brown Trophy, King's Point, N.Y., for the Nevins Trophy, and Boston, Mass., for the Boston Harbor Invitational.
The Bulldogs will be sailing in the coed intersectionals in both the New England Region and the Mid-Atlantic region, which means that both teams will face top competition. The Hatch Brown is the New England intersectional. Hosted by MIT and Boston University at the MIT sailing center in Cambridge, Mass., in FJs, the regatta is named for Hatch Brown, who was the third sailing master at MIT and also the winner of A division at the National Championship while a student at Boston University.
Racing will take place on the eternally interesting and surprising Charles River, known throughout college sailing for its shifts and puffs that often seem to appear out of nowhere. MIT will use its own fleet of FJs as well as Harvard's fleet, allowing for two divisions of racing on the water at all times. Unlike most regattas, the Hatch Brown will have three divisions, which means that each school will have three boats rather than the normal two-division, two-boat format.
The Nevins Trophy, which is being hosted by the US Merchant Marine Academy at King's Point, N.Y., will also have three regattas. However, while A and B division will sail doublehanded boats, C division will sail lasers for the regatta. This plays into the Bulldogs' strengths as they are talented in both doublehanded and singlehanded dinghies and have the depth to field a complete team.
A third team of Bulldogs will travel to Boston for the Boston Harbor Invitational hosted by Boston College. While a smaller regatta, this event will give some of the Bulldogs who did not get to sail last weekend an opportunity to put in some time on the water and gain experience at a new venue.
Racing will begin at 9:00 a.m. at the Nevins Trophy and 9:30 a.m. at the Hatch Brown Trophy and the Boston Harbor Invitational.
Report filed by Margot Benedict '12, Yale Sports Publicity