October 16, 2008

No. 2 Bulldogs Look to Defend Navy Fall Intersectional Title

Oct. 16, 2008

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The No. 2 Bulldog coed sailing team will head to the Naval Academy on Saturday and Sunday to defend their Navy Fall Intersectional title from 2007. The Bulldogs, who won the title by 20 points last year, will face some of the toughest competition in the nation at the event. The team will also compete at the Captain Hurst Bowl Intersectional at Dartmouth and at the Great Herring Pond Open hosted by Massachusetts Maritime Academy.

The Navy Fall Intersectional is one of the largest and toughest regattas of the fall season. The Bulldogs will compete in four divisions at the same time, so it is critical to have depth as a team to perform well at the event. A and B Divisions will compete in the doublehanded FJ and 420 dinghies. C Division will compete in the singlehanded Olympic class Laser sailboat while D Division will sail the Olympic class Laser Radial sailboat.

In 2007, the Bulldogs won A and C Divisions and placed second in B Division and fifth in D Division. This year, however, the Bulldogs will have an entirely different squad at the event, with the 2007 C Division champion, junior captain Thomas Barrows, switching from sailing the Laser to sailing A Division in doublehanded dinghies. The regatta will also feature an entirely different fleet from other schools in comparison to 2007, as all of the top 12 skippers in A Division have graduated.

The Navy Fall Intersectional will be a very competitive regatta again this year. Of the 20 teams that will be in attendance, 15 are currently ranked in the top 20 nationally. Additionally, of the top 10 schools nationally, only two, No. 5 Brown and No. 6 Tufts, will not be competing.

The Bulldogs will also compete in intersectional competition at the Captain Hurst Bowl Intersectional at Dartmouth on Lake Mascoma. Of the 20 teams that are scheduled to compete at the event, 13 are ranked in the top 20 nationally. The regatta will be sailed in two divisions of FJs. Lake Mascoma is known as a historically cold, light and shifty venue, but at times has strong breeze. In 2007, the Bulldogs placed 15th at the event on a seventh-place finish by A Division. B Division finished in 19th place.

Another section of the Bulldog squad will head to the Great Herring Pond Open at Massachusetts Maritime. The Bulldogs placed seventh out of 18 at the event in 2007, with an eighth-place finish in A Division and a sixth-place finish in B Division. The regatta is sailed in 420s on Herring Pond, a small, shifty venue.

Report filed by Caleb Dorfman '09, Yale Sports Publicity

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