The Bulldogs convincingly won the New England Team Race Conference Championship last weekend and secured a spot in the Laser Performance Team Race National Championship in Newport, R.I., in May. Yale's strong second team won a tightly contested event at Tufts, while some of the youngest sailors competed at URI.
Yale's Results and Teams:
New England Team Racing Championship – Connecticut College: 1st, (14/4)
Mystic Lake Team Race – Tufts: 1st, (8/3)
Southern Series 5 – URI: 7th (375 points)
The Bulldogs returned to their usual dominant form after a difficult regatta in Boston a week ago. They only lost four races during the regatta, but never twice to the same team. They beat eight of the top 15 ranked teams in the country to win their conference championship.
The event was the hardest it had been in years, Baird comments: "I've sailed this regatta for four years, and this is the first where I was as worried about the last place team as the second place team. NEISA is the deepest it's been in a while, and a win at the conference champs gives me a lot of confidence in our team going into the nationals."
The event was exciting and dramatic, as qualifiers always are, but the Bulldogs dominated most teams with a powerful 1-2-x combination.
At Tufts, the Bulldogs won eight of 11 races to win the regatta in a tie breaker with the home team and the Roger Williams Hawks. All three teams were 8/3, and the tie was broken using the number of points scored by each team in races sailed against each other. Yale beat Tufts by one point, 40 to 41. In other words, the Bulldogs won by a slightly greater margin in their races against the tied teams than the runners up.