No. 2 Bulldogs Head North

No. 2 Bulldogs Head North

Bulldogs Team Up In Maryland

ST. MARY'S CITY, Md.—The No. 2 Yale coed sailing team will leave warm, sunny Florida, where the Bulldogs have spent the last week, and head to Maryland for the St. Mary's Team Race hosted by St. Mary's College of Maryland. After a long week of intense training in the sunshine state, the Bulldogs are well prepared for a weekend of team racing against some of the best teams in the country.

The Bulldogs were recently ranked first in the team race national rankings, following their impressive performance at the Bob Bavier Team Race in Charleston, S.C., two weekends ago. While that regatta was a great start to the season, the Bulldogs have had some quality time on the water since then, removing any rust and improving their skills for the upcoming weekend.

The Bulldogs have been able to have some excellent team racing practice in St. Petersburg, Fla. Last weekend they were able to practice with and against some notable alumni, allowing for vast improvement. The Bulldogs have made further strides this week practicing against each other. While many teams struggle to field three good boats to make up one quality team racing team, the Bulldogs' depth allows for multiple good team racing teams, which improves the quality of practice and thus results.

Last year the Bulldogs finished eighth at the St. Mary's Team Race. However, they were missing a key member of the team due to injury and had to scramble to make the regatta work. This year they will not have to deal with such issues and look to improve greatly upon last year's result.

The Bulldogs will face tough competition. No. 1 Roger Williams is the team to beat coming into the regatta. While their team racing team is highly touted, it will be their first regatta of the spring. The Bulldogs will also face No. 4 Georgetown, No. 5 Stanford and No. 9 St. Mary's, among other talented teams.

The Bulldogs are set to fly to Maryland on Friday evening, with a Saturday morning report time of 9:00 a.m.

Report filed by Margot Benedict '12, Yale Sports Publicity