November 5, 2009

Barrows Heads To Men’s Singlehanded National Championship

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Team Captain Looking To Repeat His 2007 Win

NEW HAVEN, Conn -- Senior Thomas Barrows will represent the No. 1 Bulldogs this weekend at the ICSA Men’s Singlehanded National Championship in Corpus Christi, Tex.  Barrows finished fifth in the event, known as the Glen S. Foster Trophy, last year and won the regatta as a sophomore.

This year’s national championship will be held in the waters of Corpus Christi Bay and hosted by the southeast collegiate sailing district, known as SEISA.  The event will be sailed in the Laser Standard, a boat Barrows has sailed often.  Eighteen races are scheduled for the two-day event.  Sailors from around the country won the right to compete in the event by finishing well in their regional championship.  Barrows won the New England Singlehanded Championship and will be accompanied to Texas by three other qualifiers from New England.

Unlike many collegiate regattas, there will be a practice day in the supplied boats on Friday.  This will give the competitors, many of whom have likely never sailed out of Corpus Christi Yacht Club, a chance to learn the venue and its trends.  Guidance from the regatta organizers suggests that winds in late October are usually 10-15 knots, with the possibility of gusts to 20 knots.  An early weather forecast indicates the possibility of storms throughout the weekend.

Racing begins Saturday at 9:30 a.m. 

The latest college sailing national rankings poll was also released on Wednesday.  The Bulldogs maintained their position atop the rankings for the sixth consecutive week, taking 18 of the 19 first place votes cast.  In second place was Roger Williams University, who finished directly behind the Bulldogs at last week’s Schell Trophy.

Report by Andrew Kurzrok ’11, Yale Sports Publicity