No. 3 Bulldogs Prepare For Busy Weekend

No. 3 Bulldogs Prepare For Busy Weekend

Three Squads in Action; Barrows and Belling Named Sailors Of The Week

NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Fresh off their home win at the Harry Anderson Intersectional, the Bulldogs will fan out to three regattas across the Northeast this weekend. Teams will attend the Nevins Trophy at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, the Hatch Brown Trophy at MIT, and Central Series Two at Boston College.

The Nevins Trophy will test Yale's versatility in three divisions of competition. The regatta will be sailed in collegiate 420s, collegiate FJs and the Laser Standard. 420s and FJs are double-handed dinghies, while the laser is a single-handed, Olympic-class boat. Though Yale regularly competes at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in King's Point, N.Y., this weekend will be the Bulldogs' first appearance at the Nevins Trophy in recent memory.

In recognition of their A division win at the Harry Anderson Intersectional, senior Thomas Barrows and sophomore Blair Belling were named the New England Intercollegiate Sailing Association (NEISA) Sailors of the Week. The award is given to the top-performing skipper and crew in New England for a given weekend. This week's citation read in part, "The duo faced high level competition and very shifty conditions throughout the weekend to edge out [the] University of Vermont."

The Bulldogs will also travel to Cambridge, Mass., for the Hatch Brown Trophy hosted by MIT and Boston University. Like the Nevins Trophy, it will be sailed in three divisions. Two divisions will sail collegiate FJs while a third will race in the Tech Dinghy. The "Tech" is a double-handed dinghy that only utilizes a mainsail. The Bulldogs finished second at the Hatch Brown last year.

A second crop of sailors will also head to Boston for Central Series Two at Boston College. The two-division event will be sailed in Collegiate 420s out of Savin Hill Yacht Club in Dorchester, Mass. Yale often sends teams to compete at NEISA Southern Series events, so the trip will offer the Bulldogs a chance to test their skills against a different group of racers.

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

report by Andrew Kurzrok '11, Yale Sports Publicity