March 16, 2009
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The No. 4 Bulldog coed sailing team sailed very strongly in a team race and a fleet race regatta on Saturday and Sunday. While the team is still in the early stage of competition and training, the Bulldogs have shown that they have potential in both team and fleet racing by going 6-0 at the Admiral Moore Team Race and racing strongly at the Wood Trophy.
The Bulldogs continued to show that they are ready to make it to the ICSA Team Racing National Championships after missing it last year by performing well at the Admiral Moore Team Race hosted by No. 12 SUNY Maritime in 420s. The regatta featured extremely light wind that meant that an entire round robin was unable to be completed. As such, the regatta did not have a final winner. At the time of the regatta's cancellation, the Bulldogs were undefeated with a 6-0 record while the next best team had a 5-1 record. The Bulldogs used four skippers in the event: junior captain Thomas Barrows, junior John Kempton and freshmen Cameron Cullman and Joseph Morris. The crews for the Bulldogs were seniors Grace Becton and Adriane Levin, junior Michael Hession and sophomore Blair Belling.
Despite the team not finishing the regatta, McNay Family Director of Yale Sailing was excited by the team's performance.
"I feel that we performed well at the team race, winning all of our races," Leonard said. "More than anything, it was a good opportunity for us to get in more team race practice, which is very helpful in the long run."
The Bulldogs also competed at the event last year. Last year, the event was not completed due to high winds and cold temperatures, but the Bulldogs had a 5-1 record at the time of the event's cancellation.
The Bulldogs also competed at the Wood Trophy hosted by Salve Regina in 420s. The event featured 16 teams from across New England competing in a variety of conditions. On Saturday, the wind started out very light with flat water before strengthening to a moderate strength with chop and waves. On Sunday, racing was delayed for two hours before a light breeze filled in. By the middle of racing on Sunday, the wind was again moderate, with the teams having to frequently hiking in the puffs and choppy water. The Bulldogs raced against competition from a variety of levels, making the racing very close and contentious, with many protests being filed. The shifty winds and current at the venue in Newport, R.I., one of the capitals of sailing in the world, made it tough to stay consistent.
The Bulldogs finished the event in eighth place with 192 points over the 13 races in each division. The team was only 14 points out of fifth place.
In B division, freshman Genoa Warner and junior Rebecca Jackson co-skippered to a strong sixth-place finish with 87 points. Salve Regina won the division with 29 points. The duo had a top finish of fourth and were in the top five in five of the races. The team did well by avoiding having any bad races, with a worst finish of tenth. This was impressive considering the tricky conditions and tough competition.
In A division, senior Caleb Dorfman and sophomore Alexa Chu performed extremely well in many races, but ultimately did not place high in the overall standings due to two disqualifications in controversial protest situations and a number of tough finishes. The duo finished eighth with 105 points. The team was very fast at times, winning four of the 13 races at the regatta. The four wins was the most by any team and came in a variety of different conditions, showing the A division duo has the ability to do well if it stays consistent.
The Bulldogs are next in action at the Truxton Umsted Intersectional hosed by Navy and the Veitor Trophy Southern Series event hosted by Salve Regina. Both events take place on Saturday and Sunday.
Report filed by Caleb Dorfman '09, Yale Sports Publicity