Team Hopes to Stay Hot after Florida Win
NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- The Bulldogs are back in action this weekend, team racing at the Tom Noble Team Race hosted by Washington College. The regatta, held on the Chester River in Chestertown, Md., will give the team another opportunity to tune up before the NEISA season begins in one week. Last weekend, the Bulldogs took home the victory at the Mendelblatt Team Race hosted by Eckerd College and USF.
Yale will field a slightly different team this weekend. Sailing for the Bulldogs will be seniors Marla Menninger and Sarah Lihan, juniors Andrew Kurzrok and Liz Brim, sophomore Joseph Morris and freshman Heather May. The Bulldogs hope that giving a wide range of sailors early-season experience will pay dividends with stronger practices as the season progresses.
The Chester River offers a new challenge to the team, which has not sailed at the venue in recent memory. Eight teams will travel to Washington College for the event. Boston University and Yale will represent NEISA, while King’s Point, Naval Academy, NY Maritime, Princeton, Virginia and Washington College will represent MAISA, the mid-Atlantic district.
Weather conditions may play a defining role in the outcome of the regatta. A large storm system is moving through the region over the next few days, and the weekend will likely bring blustery winds as low pressure fills behind the storm. According to the National Weather Service, gale conditions are expected through Friday afternoon, when conditions will improve to small craft advisory status. Furthermore, water temperatures in the nearby Chesapeake Bay are hovering around 37 degrees. Staying warm and dry may be the difference a team needs to bring home the victory.
Racing begins Saturday at 9:30 a.m.
Report filed by Andrew Kurzrok
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