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Margot Benedict and Andrew Kurzrok.
Margot Benedict and Andrew Kurzrok.

Bulldogs Focus On Fleet Racing This Weekend

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – With three weeks remaining in the regular season, the Bulldogs have put themselves on a strict diet of fleet racing.  The team will compete at the Thompson Trophy at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, the BU Trophy at Boston University and the Priddy Trophy at Massachusetts Maritime Academy this weekend.      

Though titled as a trophy event, the Thompson is an intersectional event that brings together top talent from several ICSA districts.  Along with top NEISA regulars Boston College, Brown, Roger Williams and Vermont, notables including College of Charleston and St. Mary's will converge on New London, Conn., for two days of racing.  The regatta will be sailed in Coast Guard's fleets of FJs and 420s, forcing teams to display their proficiency in both crafts.  Sailing in A division will be senior Thomas Barrows and junior Blair Belling.  Yale's regular B division pair of sophomore Joseph Morris and senior Marla Menninger have the weekend off; freshman Emily Billing and sophomore Margot Benedict will have the chance to try their hand at intersectional racing.  With Barrows graduating in a few weeks, several skippers will have the chance to vie for a spot on the intersectional fleet racing squad, and this weekend gives Billing the opportunity to gain experience with top-flight collegiate racing.

A second team of sailors will travel to Boston University – a venue that has become something of a second home for the Bulldogs as of late – for the BU Trophy.  Returning for the second week in a row are junior Andrew Kurzrok and freshman Grace Zimmerly, joined by senior John Vrolyk and sophomore Isabel Elliman.  The recent experience on the Charles River will be useful for Kurzrok and Zimmerly, if last week's regatta can serve as a guide.  Boston University took first at the Oberg Trophy at home last Sunday, showing that perhaps practice can pay off on the infamous Charles. 

The Class of 2013 will battle for freshman supremacy at Massachusetts Maritime Academy at the Priddy Trophy, the New England Freshman Single-Division Championships.  Instead of the typical two-division collegiate format, just one single boat of Elis will represent Yale at the regatta.  Racing for the Bulldogs will be Zachary Foreman and Jo Hanle.  The Bulldogs finished fifth at last year's event. 

The passage of a warm front over the weekend makes early weather predictions difficult.  However, Saturday is generally expected to be warm and sunny but Sunday may bring rain.
All racing begins Saturday at 9:30 a.m. 

Report by Andrew Kurzrok '11, Yale Sports Publicity