March 22, 2012

No. 1 Bulldogs Sail For Ivy Honors

Bulldogs Gear Up For a Busy Weekend

NEW HAVEN, Conn.—The No. 1 Yale coed sailing team has a busy weekend ahead. Coming off the win at the Truxton Umsted Interconference last weekend, the newly top-ranked Bulldogs will vie for the Ivy championship trophy this weekend at the McNay Family Sailing Center. Members of the team will also compete at MIT at the Boston Dinghy Cup and at Salve Regina at the first southern series regatta of the season.

The Bulldogs will host the Owen, Mosbacher and Knapp trophies at the McNay Family Sailing Center in Branford. The Owen trophy is awarded to the highest finishing charter member of the Intercollegiate Sailing Association plus Coast Guard, Navy and their traditional rivals. The Owen trophy was often contested in Boston because it is named for George Owen, the MIT professor who designed the Tech dinghy, but was combined with the Mosbacher and Knapp trophies in 2009 as the New England schedule overflowed with trophy regattas. While sailing does not have an official Ivy League Championship, the Mosbacher is the closest thing to it. It is awarded to the top Ivy League finisher. It is named for Emil Mosbacher Jr. who was a successful sailor at Dartmouth and went on to defend two America's cups. The third trophy awarded this weekend is the Knapp trophy, which is awarded to the top-finisher among big three Ivy League schools: Harvard, Yale and Princeton. 

While the Bulldogs won the Owen, Mosbacher and Knapp trophies in 2010, things did not go accordingly last year as the team finished second to Harvard. Fueled from last year's loss, the Bulldogs hope to regain the title this year. The Bulldogs' efforts will be aided by the fact that they are hosting the event at Short Beach where they practice everyday. With veteran leadership from seniors Joseph Morris and Isabel Elliman who were named New England sailors of the week for their win in A division last weekend at Trux, the Bulldogs are primed to take home all three trophies.

Another team of Bulldogs will head up to the Charles River for the three-division Boston Dinghy Cup hosted by MIT. The Bulldogs will be able to witness the improvements made to the historic MIT boathouse over the winter. They will also get to take part in the first major regatta in MIT's new fleet of Fireflies. The Firefly class is sturdier than the other two-person dinghies sailed in college and is used extensively in the United Kingdom, particularly at the University level. The Bulldogs will be sailing on the Charles River this spring so this weekend will give them a great opportunity to get reacclimated to the shifty venue.

A third team of Bulldogs will head to the Ocean State for the first southern series regatta at Salve Regina in beautiful Newport. The Bulldogs were in the running to win the fall southern series championship and look to claim the top spot for the spring.

Sailors will report to all of the venues at 9:00 a.m. and weather permitting will head out on the water soon after.

Report filed by Margot Benedict '12, Yale Sports Publicity

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