November 11, 2009

No. 1 Bulldogs Ready for Final Event of Season

ACCs to Be Held At Harvard

NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- The Bulldogs are set to wind down one of the most dominant fall seasons in recent memory with the Atlantic Coast Championships this weekend at Harvard. 

The Charles River is truly a place to "expect the unexpected."  Boats merely 20 yards away from each other may be occupying completely different windshifts.  Even more puzzling, the wind over the river rarely follows an oscillating pattern-the skyscrapers of Boston are known to play tricks on sailors. 

"It's going to be very tough, just as the Charles always is," said sophomore skipper Joe Morris.  "But this week will be even more difficult because of the level of competition."

The Atlantic Coast Championship brings together teams from each of the three eastern conferences -- New England, Mid-Atlantic, and South-Atlantic -- to create a strong, 18-boat fleet.  The top seven finishers at the Schell Trophy earned the right to represent NEISA at the event.  Yale won the event.

Sailing for the Bulldogs in A division will be senior Thomas Barrows and sophomore Blair Belling.  In B division, sophomore Joe Morris will be skippering for senior Marla Menninger.  Senior Michael Hession and freshman Rafael Fernandez will travel to Boston as heavy-air crews.  Last year, the Bulldogs did not qualify for the Atlantic Coast Championship and instead raced in the Atlantic Coast Tournament, winning the event.

Early forecasts peg the remnants of tropical depression Ida passing well south and east of New England, though that system has the potential to cause strong breezes.  The National Weather Service predicts small craft advisory conditions with the potential for 35-knot gusts.

 Racing will begin Saturday at 9:30 a.m.

report filed by Andrew Kurzrok '11, Yale Sports Publicity