October 13, 2008

Barrows Qualifies for ICSA National Singlehanded Sailing Championships

Oct. 13, 2008

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Junior captain Thomas Barrows qualified for the ICSA National Singlehanded Championships for the second-straight year by placing third at the New England Singlehanded Championships hosted on Saturday and Sunday by the Bulldogs at the McNay Family Sailing Center. Freshman Cameron Cullman placed seventh at the event. The Bulldogs also competed at the Hap Moore Trophy Team Race at Coast Guard, where they placed 10th.

The New England Singlehanded Championships featured a deep fleet of 33 competitors competing in the one-person Laser sailboat, a much larger fleet than the 18 competitors that will compete at the ICSA National Singlehanded Championship that will take place Oct. 24-26 at Cornell. The top four individuals from the New England Championships qualified for the National Championships.

Barrows, who won the 2007 ICSA Singlehanded National Championship and placed 21st at the 2008 Olympic Games in the Laser class representing the U.S. Virgin Islands, sailed consistently during the 11 race regatta. Barrows scored 43 points during his third-place performance and placed in the top-five competitors in eight of the 11 races. He won one race and placed second in four of the races. Cullman, who placed seventh with 107 points, finished in the top-five boats in four of the 11 races. The event was won by a sailor from Brown, who tallied 37 points.

Barrows saw the New England Championships as a good tune up for the ICSA National Singlehanded Championship later this month.

"New England Championships were a good opportunity to get in some competitive racing before nationals," Barrows said. "I am excited to have the opportunity to sail at singlehanded nationals again this year."

The Bulldogs also competed at the Hap Moore Team Race hosted by Coast Guard Academy. The team of juniors Rebecca Jackson, Marla Menninger and Michael Hession, sophomores Andrew Kurzrok and Blair Belling and freshman Rob Struckett placed 10th with a 4-10 record. The team recorded wins over Brown, SUNY Maritime Academy, Boston University, and the Coast Guard Academy. Roger Williams won the regatta with a 12-3 record.

The Bulldogs are next in competition on Saturday and Sunday at the Navy Fall Intersectional at Navy, the Captain Hurst Bowl Intersectional at Dartmouth and the Great Herring Pond Open at Massachusetts Maritime Academy.

Report filed by Caleb Dorfman '09, Yale Sports Publicity