Sept. 18, 2008
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The No. 3 Bulldogs will attempt to defend their Hatch Brown Intersectional title from 2007 this Saturday and Sunday at MIT. The Bulldogs will also compete at the Lake Champlain Open hosted by Vermont and at the Southern Series Two, Donaghy Bowl event hosted by Salve Regina.
The Hatch Brown Trophy is hosted by MIT in three divisions, unlike the typical dinghy regatta that is held in two divisions. Two of the divisions at any one time will be sailing in FJs, while the third division will compete in Tech dinghies. The unique three division set-up has favored the depth of the Bulldog squad in the past. In 2007, the Bulldogs won each of the three divisions of the regatta, for an ultimate score of 267 points over 18 races in each division. The next closest competitor, Boston College, placed second with 369 points. The Bulldogs have won the event every year since 2004.
The Charles River venue usually features flat water and shifty winds. If the wind is light on the river, as is usually the case, the Bulldogs will be racing in similar conditions to the Harry Anderson Intersectional regatta on Sept. 13-14, which the Bulldogs placed third at.
The team will also be competing at the Lake Champlain Open hosted by Vermont in FJs on Lake Champlain. In 2007, the event was shortened due to a lack of wind and then an excess amount of wind, resulting in only three races being completed. The Bulldogs placed 12th overall, with a 10th place finish in A Division and a 10th place finish in B Division. In 2006, when the regatta featured eight races in each division, the Bulldogs finished third with 83 points. Lake Champlain can have large waves when the conditions are windy, similar to the McNay Family Sailing Center venue that the Bulldogs practice at.
The Bulldogs will also hope to compete well at the Southern Series Two, Donaghy Bowl event hosted by Salve Regina in 420s. The Elis placed third at the event in 2007 on the strength of a win in B Division. The Salve Regina venue typically features large amounts of current and waves or chop.
Report filed by Caleb Dorfman '09, Yale Sports Publicity