September 13, 2010

No. 6 Bulldogs Open Season At Home With Third Place Finish

Team Also Wins Harman Cup, Qualifies For New England Match Racing Championship

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Sailing in classic Long Island Sound conditions, the Bulldogs played host to the Harry Anderson Trophy, finishing third overall.  The home event is the season-opener.  Adding to the weekend's excitement, Yale won the Harman Cup at Maine Maritime Academy, which qualifies the Blue for the New England Match Racing Championship.  Yale also finished seventh at the Mount Hope Bay Invitational. 

20 teams travelled to Branford, Conn. for the Harry Anderson Trophy, named after Harry H. Anderson '43, a major force behind the establishment of Yale sailing.  The event is known in collegiate sailing parlance as an "intersectional," meaning that teams from most of college sailing's seven regional districts attend the event.  The Anderson Trophy attracted teams from as far away as Irvine, Calif., Madison, Wisc., and St. Petersburg, Fla. 

Saturday dawned with a light northerly breeze, showcasing Short Beach's shifty breezes that demand precision in boat positioning.  By lunchtime, the wind had shifted to the South, a condition nearly unmatched in college sailing.  Large waves build in Long Island Sound, and Yale's fleet of 420s will surf over the waves on downwind legs.  Junior Joseph Morris skippered A division for the Bulldogs, sailing alongside senior Elizabeth Brim.  In B division, sophomore Cameron Cullman paired with senior Blair Belling.  After Saturday's racing the Bulldogs sat in third, with 73 points. 

Sunday brought similar conditions.  A brisk wind shifted east, causing steep, massive waves.  The Bulldogs swapped crews, with sophomore Rafael Ferandez rotating in for Brim and freshman Eugenia Custo-Grieg making her college sailing debut after tapping out Belling.  All told, Belling, Cullman and Custo-Grieg scored two race wins during the event, and Brim, Fernandez and Morris notched six top-five finishes over 12 races.         

A pack of Bulldogs also travelled with coach Bill Healy to Castine, Maine for the Harman Cup, sailed in the Colgate 26.  The Harman Cup, a fleet racing regatta, was the sole qualifier for the New England Match Racing Championship, known as the White Trophy, to be held in two weeks at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.  The top-three teams at the Harman transfer to the White.  Roger Williams and Tufts will join the Bulldogs.  Earlier this year, Dave Perry '77, a sailing rules expert and leading match race sailor, gave the Bulldogs a clinic on match racing to prepare them for the new discipline of racing.  Yale dominated the Harman Cup, winning five of the eight races along with two seconds and one third to finish with 12 points..

Yale also travelled to Bristol, R.I. for the first southern series of the Season, the Mt. Hope Bay Invitational, hosted by Roger Williams.  The theme of the regatta result was "seven": senior Andrew Kurzrok and junior Isabel Elliman finished seventh in A division with 86 points, seniors Tatyana Camejo and Nathan Stevens finished seventh in B division with 71 points, and the team finished seventh overall.  Stevens notched his first collegiate win at the event, which was won by Vermont. 

Next week the Bulldogs travel to MIT for the Hatch Brown Trophy, Vermont for the Lake Champlain Open and Boston College for the Boston Harbor Invitational.

Report by Andrew Kurzrok '11, Yale Sports Publicity

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