No. 1 Bulldogs Finish Fourth at ACCs

Thomas Barrows and Blair Belling. (Photo by Jared Shenson.)
Thomas Barrows and Blair Belling. (Photo by Jared Shenson.)

Atlantic Coast Championship Results

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Team Finishes Fall Season Strong

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. --  The Bulldogs finished fourth at the season-ending Atlantic Coast Championships, held this weekend at Harvard.  The event brought together the top teams from each of the three eastern regions, and was an opportunity for Yale to size up next spring's competition.

The remnants of Hurricane Ida met sailors with buckets of rain on Saturday.  Winds clocked in at 4-12 knots, placing a premium on sailors' ability to shift between modes of sailing.  Courses were windward-leeward, with three, four or five legs.  The fleet of Harvard FJs was tight all day long, amplifying small mistakes into costly losses in position.  Sunday becalmed New England, cancelling all racing.  In A division, seniors Thomas Barrows and junior Blair Belling put together three top-fives in the ten-race regatta to finish sixth in division with 74 points.  In B division, sophomore Joe Morris and senior Marla Menninger started and finished the regatta with race wins and came home second with 58 points.  As a team, Yale finished fourth with 132 points, missing third place by a single point and ending the weekend 33 points out of the lead.  Boston College won the regatta.

"This weekend was difficult," said Morris.  "We didn't end with the result we wanted, but we had a very good season. At this point, it's just about continuing to get better and work towards peaking at nationals."

The conditions pushed sailors to their limits.

"Starting was the hardest because of the depth of the fleet and importance of being at the pin," Morris added. "Downwind legs were especially challenging because the rain made the shifts difficult to read."

The Atlantic Coast Championships represent the end of the fall season for the Bulldogs.  Yale has dominated New England racing this fall, winning the top-level event six of nine weekends.  The Bulldogs will look to continue this momentum throughout the winter and into the spring season, which culminates in the ICSA National Championship, to be held at University of Wisconsin.  The first event of the spring season is the Frank Mendelblatt Team Race on February 13-14, hosted by the University of South Florida and Eckerd College.

Report by Andrew Kurzrok '11, Yale Sports Publicity