June 3, 2010

No Wind on Final Day of ICSA/Gill Nationals; No. 2 Bulldogs Finish Sixth

Strong Nationals Run Caps Off Successful Season for the Bulldogs

MADISON, Wisc. – A championship comeback for the Bulldogs was not in the cards.  Even though the race committee pushed up the starting time and waited until the last possible moment, no wind filled on Lake Mendota.  The Bulldogs finished sixth overall, 28 points behind first-time champion Boston College.

Competitors' worst fears were realized today when a hot day prevented any breeze from gracing the race course.  Recognizing this possibility, race officials sent word last night that the starting time would be moved up to 8:30 a.m., in order to sail as many races as possible before the 5:00 p.m. deadline.  Despite the fleet's best wind dance efforts, (minus Boston College, of course) the breeze never stuck around long enough or blew strongly enough to start a viable race. 

As time expired, Boston College was left celebrating their first championship while the rest of the fleet lamented the chance it never got.  Nevertheless, the Bulldogs have much to be proud of this year.  The team outright won six out of 11 of the fleet race events that it entered, and a brand-new team racing squad finished sixth at nationals after one semester's practice.  The Bulldogs also won their ICSA semifinal. 

This year's nationals action can be caught on ESPNU on Friday, July 9 at 8:00 p.m. EDT.

Report by Andrew Kurzrok '11, Yale Sports Publicity