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No. 3 Bulldogs Win Harry Anderson Intersectional

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

Harry Anderson Intersectional Results

First Win At Home Opener Since 1991

NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- The Bulldogs pulled off an impressive victory at home this weekend, winning the Harry Anderson Intersectional by 17 points over the University of Vermont. Yale sailors finished first overall in both A and B divisions, a rare feat in college sailing. The win was Yale's first at the event, named after Harry H. Anderson '43, a major force behind the establishment of Yale sailing, since 1991.

Twenty teams descended on the McNay Family Sailing Center Saturday morning ready to kick off college sailing's fall season. The Anderson Intersectional has historically been a light-air affair; September often remains in the clutches of New England's summer doldrums. This year, however, a shifty four-to-nine knot breeze greeted the sailors. Rain appeared imminent throughout the day, but it never materialized. Senior skipper Thomas Barrows and junior crew Blair Belling sailed A division for the Bulldogs, picking up three second-place finishes over six races. In B division, sophomore Joe Morris and senior Marla Menninger teamed up for two first-place results in six races. This consistent performance left Yale in first place at the end of Saturday's racing with a four-point lead over Brown University.

Sunday dawned warm and bright, with a four-to-ten knot breeze. Natural land barriers caused the wind to fork as it blew onto the racecourse, forcing competitors to choose a side. Such a decision is one of the hardest for a sailor to make because crossing between the two winds is nearly a tactical impossibility. The Bulldogs handled the conditions masterfully, and were able to extend their Saturday lead by a further 13 points, winning the event with 143 points overall. Notably, Barrows and Belling won three races in a row to open Sunday's action. In a further display of team consistency, Yale finished first in both A and B Division. Barrows and Belling scored 62 points over 12 races to win A division by two points. Morris and Menninger netted 81 points, besting second place by 13 points.

An excited Belling kept her focus on the season ahead, while still enjoying the victory. "We still have a lot of work to do," she said, "but since we haven't won this regatta since 1991, we can celebrate that!"

Next week the Bulldogs fan out across New England to compete. Teams will be dispatched to MIT for the Hatch Brown Trophy, the University of Vermont for the Lake Champlain Open and Salve Regina for the Donaghy Bowl.

report by Andrew Kurzrok '11, Yale Sports Publicity