Season Will Kick Off One Week Late
NEW HAVEN, Conn.—The No. 8 Bulldogs were supposed to take to the Thames River this weekend at the Snow Melt hosted by the Coast Guard Academy. While organizers held out until Wednesday to make the decision, the forecast of snow and cold temperatures for the weekend eventually forced the cancellation of the event. While disappointing, the Bulldogs will take the extra week to prepare, at least mentally and strategically, for the spring season.
The Bulldogs ended the fall season with an eighth-place finish at a very calm Atlantic Coast Championships hosted in Annapolis, Md., by Navy. While a bit of a disappointing finish for the Bulldogs, it provides extra motivation for the spring season.
While the fall is dominated by fleet racing, the spring season will be comprised mostly of team racing. Team racing involves two teams of three boats competing against each other head to head. The object is to accrue the fewest place points. Team racing is extremely tactical and involves plenty of brainpower mixed with boat handling skill, both of which the Bulldogs have. The entire team, including the women, has been meeting since January to discuss various tactical plays as well as rules, which play a large role in team racing. The goal of these meetings is to prepare all of the Bulldogs, whether they regularly race at team race regattas or not, for practice this spring which will involve a lot of team race drills. The success of the top team is greatly helped by being able to practice against a lot of strong team racers, which the Bulldogs have plenty of.
The Bulldogs will head to St. Petersburg, Fla., for the first week of spring break where they will have the chance to practice with notable Yale alumni who are taking time out of their busy schedules to help the current Bulldogs improve.
The main team of Bulldogs will be comprised of skippers junior captain Joseph Morris, sophomore Cameron Cullman and freshman Chris Segerblom. Morris will team up with freshman Amanda Salvesen, Cullman will be paired with senior Blair Belling, and Segerblom will sail with senior Elizabeth Brim. Morris, Belling and Brim played major roles on last year's main team racing team.
Also playing an integral part to the Bulldogs success will be senior Andrew Kurzrok, junior Rob Struckett and freshman Max Nickbarg. They and their crews will be team racing for the Bulldogs at events across New England and providing practice foes for Morris, Cullman and Segerblom.
The Bulldogs will gear their season towards a successful New England Dinghy Championships as well as a successful New England Team Race Championships. A top finish at the New England Dinghy Championships will qualify them for the National Semifinals where they will look to qualify for the National Dinghy Championships. A top finish at the New England Team Race Championships will give them a berth at the National Team Race Championships.
Both National Championships will be held at the Columbia River Gorge in Oregon at the May. The road to the beaver state starts next weekend at the Eckerd Intersectional in St. Petersburg, Fla., and the Sharpe Trophy Team Race in Cambridge, Mass.
Report filed by Margot Benedict '12, Yale Sports Publicity