October 8, 2009

No. 1 Bulldogs Look To Maintain Momentum

Barrows Sets Sights On New England Singlehanded Championship

NEW HAVEN, Conn. --  At the midpoint of the fall season the Bulldogs are looking as strong as ever.  With three wins in four weekends of racing, the Bulldogs have momentum on their side as they enter this weekend's racing at the New England Men's Singlehanded Championship at Roger Williams University, the Moody Trophy at University of Rhode Island and the Protest Trophy at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.

Senior Thomas Barrows will represent the Bulldogs at the New England Men's Singlehanded Championship.  The regatta will be sailed in the laser, a familiar boat to Barrows.  He won the 2007 ICSA Men's Singlehanded National Championship in 2007 and represented the U.S. Virgin Islands in the laser at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.  Roger Williams should provide a strong venue for racing -- its proximity to Narragansett Bay often implies gusty breezes.  How smoothly sailors can control their highly-powered lasers will likely determine the winner.  Barrows has finished third and second, respectively, in the 2008 and 2007 New England Championships.  The top five finishers at the event will represent New England at the 2009 ICSA Men's Singlehanded National Championship in Corpus Christi, Tex., on Nov. 7-8.

Double-handed racing action will take place in the University of Rhode Island's fleet of FJs at the Moody Trophy.  The event will bring together teams from around the country.  Junior Andrew Kurzrok and sophomores Margot Benedict, Stephanie Schuyler, and Rob Struckett will sail for the Bulldogs.  Last year the Bulldogs finished third in the event. 

Bulldogs will also compete in the Protest Trophy at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.  The event will utilize both of Coast Guard's fleets of 420s and FJs, giving sailors the opportunity to test their mettle against the Thames River in a variety of dinghies. 

Early forecasts for the weekend predict showers and breezes around 10 knots.

All racing begins Saturday at 9:30 a.m. 

report by Andrew Kurzrok '11, Yale Sports Publicity