Bulldogs in Prime Position After First Day
CASCADE LOCKS, Ore.—Once again the Gorge surprised the college sailing world, proving the assumption of big breeze at this College Nationals wrong for another day. With light wind all day, only six races were completed. The Bulldogs are currently in third place behind Hobart William Smith and Boston College.
The day dawned light with six knots. A division was able to get two races off but the wind died as B division hit the water, putting them back on shore for three hours. Eventually the westerly filled back in allowing for further sailing. B division got one set in and A division was able to complete their second set late in the day before the breeze died again. Because the breeze was so light, playing the current was incredibly important to successful tactics.
Junior captain Joseph Morris had a very successful day sailing with expert light air sailing senior Blair Belling. They won the first race of the regatta before collecting a third, fourth and sixth place finish to round out their two sets. A consistent start has them in first in A division by four points.
Freshman skipper Chris Segerblom and senior crew Elizabeth Brim had a solid sixth place finish in the first B division race but had a tough second race finishing thirteenth. They are currently in eighth in B division but with more scores that is sure to change.
The Bulldogs will once again take to the water tomorrow morning, their fifth day sailing at the Gorge. Hopefully, the wind dances and prayers that the college sailing world has been conducting will bring the infamous big breezes back to the Gorge for the final two days of the 2011 ICSA Nationals.
Report filed by Margot Benedict '12, Yale Sports Publicity