STUART, Fla. – Blue and white oars broke the surface of the St. Lucie River yesterday as the Yale heavyweight crew team convened for the first practice of its winter training trip in Stuart, Florida. The trip will span roughly a 10-day period, equivalent to one full month of training during the academic year. The heavyweights are rowing out of Treasure Coast Community Rowing Center and are received in Stuart by two-time Harvard-Yale boat race winner Karl Heilman '52.
The senior class of Yale oarsmen returns to Florida after a two-year hiatus. Up to and including 2008, the heavyweights traveled to Tampa for two weeks of training during spring break. In 2009 the Bulldogs spent spring break rowing on Lake Lure in North Carolina. Last year was the first year in a long time that the Bulldogs did not seek warmer climates for training purposes, but this year the heavyweights are in Stuart and morale is high across all classes. Sophomore Jon Morgan offered, "It is really great to be down south with fantastic weather and a phenomenal stretch of water on which to train."
Training will conclude on Saturday, Jan. 8 and the heavyweights will return to New Haven in time for the start of spring semester classes on Monday.
Report filed by Yale Sports Publicity