September 10, 2009

No. 3 Bulldogs Primed for Fall Season

Harry Anderson Trophy Is Team's First Event

NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- The Bulldogs open their season at home this weekend with the Harry Anderson Intersectional.  The event will be the team's first chance to test its speed and strategies and size up this year's competition.  On Yale's side is momentum -- the team finished second at May's Intercollegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) Coed National Championship in San Francisco and won the Fowle Trophy, awarded to the top college sailing team.  With this performance fresh in mind, the Yale Bulldogs enter the fall season ranked No. 3 in the nation.

The Harry Anderson Intersectional -- or "Harry A's", as it is affectionately known -- will use college sailing's classic fleet-race format, with 20 teams from around the country traveling to Short Beach for two days of racing.  Each school fields sailors in two divisions, A and B, whose individual scores are combined into the final standings.  Consistently sailing well in both divisions has been one of Yale's greatest strengths and something it hopes to capitalize upon this fall.  The Bulldogs will return nearly all of the sailors from this spring's national championship, graduating 2009 Women's Sailor of the Year Jane Macky ‘09 and two-time All-American crew Grace Becton '09.  Teams can also look forward to a new fleet of Collegiate 420s awaiting them at the McNay Family Sailing Center.  The event is named after Harry H. Anderson '43, who played a crucial role in the development of Yale sailing.

Though Yale sailors were away from New Haven this summer, they were not far from the water.  Senior captain Thomas Barrows competed at the Laser World Championship in Halifax, Canada.  This spring Barrows was a 2009 College Sailor of the Year finalist and named an All-American. 

"I am excited to be working with the team again and helping the team get better as well," said Barrows.

Fellow All-American and sophomore Joe Morris also spent the summer campaigning, making his first appearance at Olympic-class 470 World Championships, held this year in Denmark. 

Fall practices feature four new faces hoping to make an immediate impact on the lineup.  Joining the Bulldogs, all class of 2013, are Emily Billing from Clearwater, Fla., Claire Dennis from Saratoga, Calif., Heather May from Newport Beach, Calif., and Rafael Fernandez from Coral Gables, Fla.  Billing and Dennis grew up sailing the single-handed, Olympic class Laser Radial while May and Fernandez honed their skills in the Club 420 dinghy.

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

report by Andrew Kurzrok '11, Yale Sports Publicity

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