No. 6 Bulldogs to Compete at Singlehanded National Championships

Thomas Barrows.
Thomas Barrows.

Oct. 23, 2008

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The No. 6 Bulldog sailors will have a busy weekend of competition across the East Coast, highlighted by junior captain Thomas Barrows defending his Singlehanded National Championship from 2007. Barrows will compete at the ICSA/LaserPerformance Singlehanded National Championships at Cornell in the Laser Friday through Sunday. The team will also compete at Brown and MIT while also hosting a regatta at home.

Barrows, who became the first male singlehanded national champion in Yale's history in 2007, will attempt to defend the title that he won last year in Seattle. Since 1963, when the singlehanded national championship began, only three sailors have successfully defended their title. One of the successful defenders was the 2008 Olympian in the Laser class from the United States, Andrew Campbell. Barrows, who represented the U.S. Virgin Islands at the 2008 Olympics in the Laser, placed ahead of Campbell at the Olympics with his 21st-place performance.

Racing will take place Friday through Sunday at Cornell. The top 18 singlehanded sailors who have qualified through district qualifying regattas will compete in 18 races over the three-day regatta. Barrows placed third at the qualifying regatta, which was won by a sailor from Brown, Fred Strammer, who did not compete at the national championships last year.

The team will also attempt to qualify for the Atlantic Coast Championships by competing at the Hoyt Trophy hosted by Brown in 420s Saturday and Sunday. The Bulldogs placed 11th at the event in 2007. Of the 18 teams that will be competing at the event, 14 are ranked in the top 20 nationally. Only one of the teams that is ranked in the top 10 nationally will not be at the event.

The Bulldogs will also compete at the Oberg Trophy hosted by MIT Saturday and Sunday. The Bulldogs, who did not compete at the event in 2007, placed 12th in 2006. The regatta is sailed in three divisions of dinghies. Two of the divisions will take place in FJs while the other division will sail the unique Tech dinghy. The Tech dinghy, which was designed at MIT in the 1950s, is a two-person boat that only has one sail.

The Bulldogs will also host a Southern Series event at the McNay Family Sailing Center Saturday and Sunday. The regatta will begin with a skipper's meeting at 9:30 a.m. The Bulldogs placed second and third at the event in 2007.

Report filed by Caleb Dorfman '09, Yale Sports Publicity