March 26, 2009

No. 3 Bulldogs Ready to Defend Ivy League Title

March 26, 2009

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The No. 3 Bulldog coed sailing team, which is coming off of an impressive second-place performance at the highly competitive Truxtun Umsted Intersectional, is ready to defend its victory at the Owen, Mosbacher and Knapp Trophies for the top school in Ivy League sailing. The Bulldogs will also compete at the historic Boston Dinghy Club Cup hosted by MIT and Harvard and at the Southern Series Two event.

Last year, the Bulldogs had a very successful weekend of competition, winning both the Owen, Mosbacher and Knapp Trophies and the Boston Dinghy Club Cup. While the victory at the Owen, Mosbacher and Knapp Trophies was by the smallest of margins, one point, the Bulldogs were proud of the victory, picking up their second Ivy League regatta title since the 2005-06 season. The team will have a chance to pick up its third title in four years this weekend in the regatta, which will be hosted by the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point in Kings Point, N.Y. The Kings Point venue can bring any type of condition, from strong winds with large, rolling waves to light air and chop. The regatta will feature 20 schools, including all eight Ivy League schools and many of the other founding schools of college sailing.

The team will also compete at the Boston Dinghy Club Cup, the oldest continuously run collegiate sailing event in the nation. The Bulldogs turned in a strong performance at the event last year, winning the overall title. The win last year was the first finish in the top three at the event in more than a decade. The Bulldogs won A division, placed seventh in B division and fifth in C division. The regatta, which will be run in three divisions of FJs on the shifty Charles River, will allow the Bulldogs to face some tough competition. Of the 18 teams that will be competing, 13 are nationally ranked.

The team also will compete at the Southern Series Two event hosted by Salve Regina in 420s. The Newport, R.I., venue can have a wide range of conditions, from light air and chop to big wind and waves. The team did not compete at Southern Series Two last year, but took fifth at the Southern Series Three this weekend last year at the Salve Regina venue.

Report filed by Caleb Dorfman '09, Yale Sports Publicity

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