May 29, 2011

No. 6 Bulldogs Set for Last Day of Team Race Nationals

Bulldogs Right in the Thick of It

CASCADE LOCKS, Ore.—The No. 6 Yale coed sailing team had another long day on the water sailing against the top-eight team race teams in the country. The Bulldogs had a tough morning but finished off the day with a strong start to the second gold round robin, putting them right at the center of qualifying for the final four.

The second day of Team Race Nationals dawned with a light westerly, sending the sailors out on the water at 10:00 a.m. The sun came out to play for a bit, giving the sailors a nice respite from the rain and clouds of the previous day. The wind began at eight knots before building to 10 knots and beyond. The breeze shut off for a bit around midday but then built back up all the way to 20 knots before easing off as the day came to a close.

The Bulldogs struggled to start the day, losing very close races to many teams. They snatched one win from Stanford but had to keep battling on in every other race.

However, following a break on shore while the consolation round was completed, the Bulldogs bounced back in the beginning of the second round robin. Only three of the seven races were completed before racing ended for the day, but the Bulldogs snagged wins from previously undefeated Roger Williams as well as Georgetown.

With one loss in the second round, the Bulldogs now have a record of 3-7, putting them in seventh place. However, they are a mere one win away from fourth place as Georgetown, St. Mary's and Hobart William Smith are all tied for fourth with four wins.

Tomorrow the Bulldogs will complete the round robin with four more races in hopes of qualifying for the final four, which will determine the National Champion. The Bulldogs will look to carry the momentum from this afternoon into tomorrow's final day of ICSA Team Race National Championships.

Report filed by Margot Benedict '12, Yale Sports Publicity