No. 2 Bulldogs Within Striking Distance at ICSA/Gill National Championship
28 Points Behind with 17 Races to Go
MADISON, Wisc. – The Bulldogs faced another long day in Madison, squeezing off several races before a severe thunderstorm warning sent competitors in for the afternoon. Racing restarted shortly before 7 p.m., only to be abandoned due to darkness. The Bulldogs currently sit in sixth overall, 28 points behind leader Boston College.
A light breeze greeted the sailors this morning, and increased to six knots during the first A division set. Senior Thomas Barrows and junior Blair Belling represented the Bulldogs in the shifty conditions. The pair finished 14th and sixth in their two races, before relinquishing the reins to sophomore Joseph Morris and senior Marla Menninger. After the first race of the B set, a thunderstorm warning and the possibility of golf-ball sized hail sidelined the fleet for the rest of the day. Undeterred, the race committee waited for a chance to continue racing, and found one just before 7:00 p.m. Morris and Menninger went back out to complete their set, logging a 16th along with a sixth from the morning.
Six would prove to be the number of the day. Barrows and Belling hit the water again and turned in a pair of sixes, after which Morris and Menninger hung another sixth on the scorecard before darkness closed in upon the fleet.
With one day remaining, the fleet is just barely through half of the rotation. The Bulldogs sit sixth, which, while admittedly lower than where the team would like to be, is a deceiving figure. Yale is only 28 points behind leader Boston College, and a single slip by any of the top-five teams in the 17 remaining races will tighten the scores considerably.
Unfortunately, we may never see all 17 of those races sailed. The National Weather Service pessimistically forecasts only five knots of breeze for tomorrow. Thunderstorms are in the area, and exactly how these systems affect the local weather dynamics will surely influence the number of races run
Anticipating a day of fits and starts, the race committee has pushed up the competitor's meeting to 8:30 a.m. CDT, with racing to begin as soon as possible afterwards.
Report by Andrew Kurzrok '11, Yale Sports Publicity