No. 3 Bulldogs Set to Sail to the Top in New England and Mid-Atlantic

Joseph Morris and Heather May (Photo by Rob Migliaccio).
Joseph Morris and Heather May (Photo by Rob Migliaccio).

Bulldogs Primed for Another Tough Weekend

NEW HAVEN, Conn.—This weekend the No. 3 Yale coed sailing team will sail in top regattas in both the New England region and the Mid-Atlantic region. One team will sail at the four-division Navy Fall Intersectional, one of two four division regattas of the year, while another team will head north for the Captain Hurst Bowl hosted by Dartmouth in Enfield, N.H.

The Navy Fall Intersectional is the largest regatta of the fall in terms of the number of sailors competing for each team. While most regattas are contested in two divisions with four sailors sailing for each team, the Navy Fall Intersectional, and its spring counterpart the Trux Intersectional, have four divisions with six sailors sailing for each team. Two of the divisions are in doublehanded boats, FJs and 420s, just like the average college regatta. The third division is sailed in Lasers, a singlehanded boat, while the fourth division is sailed in Laser Radials, a singlehanded boat with a smaller sail area.

While the four divisions stretch most teams to the limit and provide an extra challenge, the Bulldogs are extremely well equipped for all four divisions and being able to sail more sailors is a bonus. The Bulldogs are extremely strong in both doublehanded and singlehanded sailing. The two doublehanded skippers, senior captain Joseph Morris and sophomore Chris Segerblom, have collected strong results this season, while both singlehanded skippers, juniors Cameron Cullman and Claire Dennis, recently qualified for their respective National Singlehanded Championships to be held in Chicago in three weeks.

The current forecast is for breeze of 10 to 15 knots on Saturday and five to 10 knots on Sunday which would allow all of the crews, seniors Margot Benedict and Isabel Elliman and juniors Zachary Foreman and Heather May, to sail and do their bit for the Bulldogs.

The Bulldogs did not sail at the Navy Fall Intersectional last year but have garnered success at Navy in previous years. Morris also grew up sailing in Annapolis, Md., so he knows the waters well.

Another team of Bulldogs will head in the opposite direction. They will head north to Dartmouth for the Captain Hurst Bowl on Lake Mascoma in Enfield, N.H. The regatta is in honor of Captain Hurst, who made the Dartmouth sailing program into the top contender that it is today. Captain Hurst passed away a few weeks ago after a long battle with illness, which will make the regatta extra special for the Dartmouth team and the entire New England sailing community.

Last year the Bulldogs finished third at the event sailed in FJs. Big breeze, which has been absent from the college sailing circuit for the last few weeks, is predicted for both days, which has complicated the Bulldogs' plans but will likely play to the team's strengths.

Report time in New England is 9:30 a.m., while the sailors in the Mid-Atlantic must arrive by 9:00 a.m. due to a difference in regional policies.

Report filed by Margot Benedict '12, Yale Sports Publicity