October 21, 2009

No. 1 Bulldogs Head Into Home Stretch

Three Events On This Weekend's Docket

NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- The Bulldogs are back in action this weekend with three events.  Sailors will compete in the Sherman Hoyt Trophy at Brown, the Oberg Trophy at MIT and Southern Series Seven at Yale. 

After skipping the event in 2008, Yale will return to the Sherman Hoyt Trophy.  The event will bring together teams from across the country in Brown's fleet of 420s.  In a unique twist, Brown's fleet has FJ rudders installed, which are smaller than the standard 420 rudders.  Adapting to this unusual configuration will be crucial to success at the regatta.  In 2007, the Bulldogs finished 11th in the event.

Six sailors will travel to Boston for the Oberg Trophy, which will be sailed in MIT's FJs and Tech Dinghies.  The Tech Dinghy is a single-sail, double-handed boat.  Bulldogs have been practicing in the Tech Dinghy all fall, competing in a number of events at MIT.  In last year's Oberg Trophy, Yale finished eighth.

Yale will also host Southern Series Seven at the McNay Family Sailing Center.  The Bulldogs will enter a number of teams in the event, including the collegiate debut of junior Nathan Stevens and sophomore Christopher Ell.  Twelve schools will attend the two-day event.

Early forecasts for the weekend include rain on Saturday with strong winds in southern New England.

report by Andrew Kurzrok '11, Yale Sports Publicity

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