Bulldogs to Sail Three Types of Boats This Weekend
NEW HAVEN, Conn.—After showing their prowess in doublehanded sailing last weekend, the No. 6 Yale coed sailing team will take to the water in two different types of boats this weekend for the Men's New England Singlehanded Championships and the Storm Trysail College Big Boat Regatta. The Bulldogs will also sail in the familiar FJ at the Moody Trophy.
Two Bulldogs will sail alone this weekend at the Men's New England Singlehanded Championship in lasers. The laser is a one-person dinghy that many of the Yale sailors competed in before coming to college sailing, which is dominated by the doublehanded dinghy. In order to give those sailors who grew up sailing lasers and laser radials (the women's version which has a smaller sail area) a chance to exhibit their talents, the Intercollegiate Sailing Association hosts National Singlehanded Championships for men and women each fall.
The Men's New England Singlehanded Championships serve as qualifiers for the National Championship and the Bulldogs will look to join teammates Emily Billing and Claire Dennis, who qualified last weekend at the women's equivalent event, at Nationals. The National Championships will be held Nov. 4-6 in Chicago and will be hosted by Northwestern. The top four finishers at the New England Championships qualify for the National Championship.
Because the Bulldogs have hosted the regatta at the McNay Family Sailing Center the last two years, other teams wanted to sail at a different location despite Short Beach's perfect laser sailing conditions of big breeze and big waves. Instead the Bulldogs will host the regatta out of Assistant Coach Bill Healy's yacht club in Niantic, Conn.
Junior Cam Cullman and sophomore Max Nickbarg will sail in the event, hoping to qualify for a trip to Chicago. Last year, Cullman won the New England Championship before going on to finish third at Nationals. Nickbarg also had a strong New Englands and will look to make his first trip to Nationals this year. New England has an incredibly deep field of laser sailors, which makes qualification extremely difficult.
The Bulldogs will also sail at the Storm Trysail College Big Boat Regatta, which is designed to allow college sailors to gain experience sailing big keelboats that are quite different than the little dinghies that they spend most of their time in. Owners donate their boats to the event and are present on the boat with the competing team of six simply as observers. The Bulldogs greatly enjoyed the event last year, finishing fifth. Sailing will once again be held out of Larchmont Yacht Club in Larchmont, N.Y.
A third team of Bulldogs will sail at the Moody Trophy hosted by the University of Rhode Island in FJs. Sailing will be conducted on the Salt Pond in Wakefield, R.I., which can provide a wide range of conditions, much like Yale's Short Beach. The Bulldogs will send freshmen and sophomores to the event to gain experience at a top-level regatta while some of the Bulldogs will get the weekend off to rest and prepare for the second half of the fall season.
Racing will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday morning.
Report filed by Margot Benedict '12, Yale Sports Publicity