Nov. 9, 2008
NEW LONDON, Conn. - The No. 6 Bulldog sailors sent a squad of freshmen to compete at the Freshmen Atlantic Coast Championships hosted by Connecticut College on Saturday and Sunday. The Bulldogs, who competed in 12 races in FJs over the two days of competition, finished in fifth place overall with 143 points. In 2006, the last time the team competed at the event, the Bulldogs placed second.
The Thames River venue lived up to its reputation for producing tough sailing conditions. Both days of racing featured strong current with lots of unpredictable wind shifts and puffs that filled in from behind, making it tough for teams to maintain their position in races because teams that were initially behind had opportunities to easily catch the leaders.
In A Division, freshmen Cameron Cullman and Margot Benedict placed seventh with 77 points. The duo finished only three points away from a fifth place finish. In the 12 races, the team finished in the top five five times and won one race.
In B Division, freshmen Genoa Warner and Jared Shenson placed fourth with 66 points, after leading the regatta after the first day. Warner and Shenson finished in the top five seven times over the course of the regatta.
Warner felt many things went well over the course of the event.
"Saturday went very well for us and we did a good job playing the current and shifts," Warner said. "We had good starts all weekends and the upwinds went well, but the downwinds were tricky because the wind would often fill in from behind. Sunday was less predictable, so it was harder to figure out where to go on the course. The shifts were big and would come to either side of the course."
The Bulldogs are next in action on Saturday and Sunday at the season-ending Atlantic Coast Tournament hosted by Harvard on the Charles River.
Report filed by Caleb Dorfman '09, Yale Sports Publicity