September 26, 2011

No. 1 Bulldogs Battle Mother Nature

Sun Shines But Wind Stays Away

MEDFORD, Mass.—With the entire East Coast lacking wind, the No. 1 Yale coed sailing team did not get much of a chance to get out on the water. Despite sailing in four regattas, none of the Bulldogs sailed in more than eight races finishing third at the Hood Trophy, sixth at the Salt Pond Invitational and just outside the top four at the New England Sloop Championships. The sailors at the Chris Loder Trophy did not even get an opportunity to sail.

Despite having the advantage of Larks, college sailing's fastest boats, and flat top main sails, Tufts was only able to have four races at the Hood Trophy on Mystic Lake. Saturday dawned with a light southwest breeze that shifted west as the day went on and the breeze died further. Only four races were sailed in A, with one in B division. Conditions on Sunday were even bleaker with only race in B division

In A division, skipper junior Cameron Cullman and crew senior Genoa Warner finished fourth, beating MIT in a tiebreaker. They fought inconsistency but finished in the top three in two of the four races. Sophomore skipper Chris Segerblom and junior crew Heather May finished second in B division, just beating out Navy by one point. They finished in the top two in two of the four races. Combined, the Bulldogs finished third. However, with only four races, this performance is hardly reflective of what the Bulldogs are capable of. 

While the University of New Hampshire was excited to show off their new boats and sails as well as all the work they had done following the arson fire a year and a half ago at the Chris Loder Trophy, Mother Nature simply did not cooperate. Despite never even changing into their sailing gear, the Bulldogs were able to enjoy their time in New Hampshire with a cheeseburger lunch on Saturday and a breakfast with Wildcat muffins on Sunday.

The University of Rhode Island was a bit luckier as a moderate southerly came out on Saturday for the Salt Pond Invitational allowing for eight races. However, the wind did not make an appearance on Sunday so the regatta was called at 12:00 p.m. The Bulldogs finished third in A division and sixth in B division, placing them in sixth overall.

The New England Sloop Championships also fought a lack of breeze in Boston Harbor. Racing was conducted until late into the evening on Saturday but only one round robin was completed. On Sunday the Bulldogs sailed in the quarterfinals and got knocked out by Roger Williams. The Bulldogs were represented by skipper senior captain Joseph Morris and crews sophomores Max Nickbarg and Amanda Salvesen and senior Rob Struckett.

Hopefully. next weekend will feature more breeze as the Bulldogs travel to Coast Guard, Connecticut College, Tufts and MIT for another busy weekend.

Report filed by Margot Benedict '12, Yale Sports Publicity