September 12, 2008

No. 3 Bulldogs to Open Fall Season at McNay Family Sailing Center

Sept. 12, 2008

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The No. 3 Bulldog sailors will begin the fall fleet racing season with the Harry Anderson Intersectional on Friday and Saturday at the McNay Family Sailing Center in Branford, Conn. The Bulldogs will also send a team to compete at the Pine Trophy Sloop Intersectional at the Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn. and another squad to Southern Series One hosted by Salve Regina in Newport, R.I.

The Elis stand ready to begin the fall fleet racing season on a positive note by sailing at home. Junior captain Thomas Barrows, who represented the U.S. Virgin Islands at the 2008 Beijing Olympics in the Laser class, will lead the Bulldogs at the Harry Anderson Intersectional by competing in A Division with sophomore crew Blair Belling. Barrows has shown his strength in fleet racing competition by being named an All-American Skipper the past two years. Junior John Kempton and senior Adriane Levin will race in B Division for the Bulldogs.

The Harry Anderson Intersectional is the first intersectional competition of the year and is named after Harry H. Anderson, Jr. '43, who was instrumental in the original development of the McNay Family Sailing Center. The Harry Anderson Intersectional will feature 20 teams, including nine of the top ten ranked teams in the nation, including defending national champion No. 4 Georgetown. No. 1 Boston College, second at the ICSA/Gill Dinghy National Championships in 2008, will return to defend their Harry Anderson Intersectional championship from 2007, which they won with an impressive 59 points over nine races in each division. Yale placed third in 2007 with 134 points. Barrows captured third in B Division in 2007 while Zachary Brown '08 and senior Grace Becton placed sixth in A Division.

At the 10-team Pine Trophy Sloop Intersectional hosted by the Coast Guard Academy on Saturday and Sunday, the Bulldogs will compete in the Colgate 26 sailboat. The Colgate 26, unlike the typical 14-foot 420 and FJ dinghies sailed in most college regattas, is a keelboat, meaning that it carries ballast in the keel to keep the boat upright. While the team does not regularly practice in keelboats, the team will hope that their dinghy skills can be applied to the much larger boat. The Bulldogs placed eighth out of 10 teams in 2007 with 74 points over 10 races.

The Bulldogs will also send a team to compete at the Southern Series One event hosted by Salve Regina in Newport, R.I. The Bulldogs placed fourth at the event in 2007, but the 2007 competitors from Yale have graduated.

Report filed by Caleb Dorfman '09, Yale Sports Publicity

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