Bulldogs Set to Sail at Two Ends of the Coast
NEW HAVEN, Conn.—The No. 8 Bulldogs may have had to wait an extra week but the spring season of 2010 will kick off this weekend at the Eckerd Intersectional in St. Petersburg, Fla., and at the Sharpe Trophy Team Race in Bristol, R.I. Having been delayed a week, the Bulldogs are extra eager to get back on the water after a three month break for snowflakes.
The Bulldogs have not sailed at the Eckerd Intersectional in the past few years. However, because the team will be training in St. Petersburg out of the University of South Florida, the Eckerd Intersectional is a conveniently located competitive regatta that will allow four members of the team to get their sailing legs back in the lovely sunshine and warm water. The Bulldogs will send seniors Andrew Kurzrok and Tatyana Camejo, junior Margot Benedict and sophomore Emily Billing.
While basking in the warmth that has eluded the Northeast, the Bulldogs will face tough competition and will have to adjust on the fly as they will be sailing against some teams with warmer bases and thus some practice under their belts. The Bulldogs will face teams from all of the divisions along the East Coast. Other New England teams include No. 14 MIT, Williams College and No. 1 Boston College. Fordham and Hamilton will travel to the south from the Midatlantic and local teams Eckerd, University of Florida, Clemson, No. 5 Charleston and the University of South Florida will join in on the fun.
Eckerd has FJs which will provide the Bulldogs with extra time in the boats they will practice in over Spring Break as well as the boats that will be used at all of the major competitions this spring in preparation for the National Championships.
The weather is supposed to be sunny with a chance of thunderstorms on Sunday with temperatures in the 70s. The wind is predicted to be moderate at around 10 knots. Racing will begin at 9:00 am.
The other contingent of Bulldogs will be in very different conditions. The Sharpe Trophy Team Race was supposed to occur in Cambridge, Mass., but due to the recent cold temperatures, the Charles River is still frozen over and thus unsailable. Roger Williams, in Bristol, R.I., was nice enough to pick up the regatta so that it can still occur.
The Yale team will be made up of juniors Rob Struckett and Isabel Elliman, sophomores Claire Dennis and Heather May and freshmen Max Nickbarg and Anna Han. The Sharpe Trophy will provide the Bulldogs with a dose of early season team racing that will prepare them well for the rest of the spring.
The Bulldogs did not participate in the Sharpe Trophy last year and instead sailed at the Thames River Team Race and the Graham Hall Team Race.
Sailing will occur in FJs, which will also further prepare the Bulldogs for the spring season. The weather is predicted to be quite windy which may prove interesting due to the cooler temperatures and rather frigid water. Following the weekend, the Bulldogs will certainly be excited to join their teammates in Florida for some sun, warm temperatures, and water that reminds one more of a bath rather than ice fishing. Racing will begin at 9:30 am.
Report filed by Margot Benedict '12, Yale Sports Publicity