Bulldogs Set the Tone for 2012
CHARLESTON, S.C.—The No. 4 Yale coed sailing team proved to the college sailing world that they are the team racing team to beat with a team race season opening win at the Bob Bavier Team Race hosted by the College of Charleston on the Cooper River. The Bulldogs were able to remain consistent over both days to take the win.
Saturday a stiff breeze came out to play in Charleston, S... The breeze ranged from eight to 15 knots throughout the day, coming out of the Northwest. Teams completed between 15 and 17 races depending on where they were in the rotation on a double-modified port triangle course that is used to battle the cross current on the Cooper River. At the end of day one the Bulldogs sat in third place with a record of 11-4, just behind No. 2 Charleston and No. 9 Stanford.
Sunday brought a shiftier breeze of eight to 12 knots from the northeast with cooler temperatures that only topped out in the 50's, which the race committee deemed to be "chilly." Because of the strong current and the unstable breeze, the course, a college N, was moved southward to the Crab Bank area. Over the course of the day, the remainder of the second round robin and the entire third round robin were completed for a grand total of 136 races in the regatta with each team sailing 27 races.
The Bulldogs improved on their day one third-place standing by winning all twelve of their races, proving that all of the rust had been shed on Saturday. The other teams were unable to keep up with the Bulldogs' impressive winning streak. The Bulldogs finished with a record of 23-4 with No. 9 Stanford finishing a win behind in second with a record of 22-5. No. 2 Charleston finished third on a record of 21-6 with No. 7 Georgetown and No. 13 Navy rounding out the top five with records of 16-11.
While the Bulldogs have had weekly meetings all winter to discuss team race strategy, this was the first regatta where they could take all of the conversations and planning out on the water and use it in practice. Clearly, the work the Bulldogs put in in the classroom paid off as they were able to overcome the disadvantage of having less practice than colleges who are in warmer locations and are able to get back out on the water earlier in the year such as Charleston and Stanford.
The Bulldogs will jumpstart two weeks of spring break training and competition next weekend at the Eckerd Intersectional in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Report filed by Margot Benedict '12, Yale Sports Publicity