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No. 4 Bulldogs Set Sail on Spring Break

Claire Dennis and Heather May. (Photo by Lincoln Benedict)
Claire Dennis and Heather May. (Photo by Lincoln Benedict)

Bulldogs Head to Florida to Compete and Train

NEW HAVEN, Conn.—While the No. 4 Bulldogs have already claimed their first win of the season, capturing last weekend's Bob Bavier team race, they still need some more time on the water to get back to their peak performance level. They will get the chance over the next week as they will travel to St. Petersburg, Fla., for a week of sailing in the warm water and sunshine. Four Bulldogs will compete at the Eckerd Intersectional hosted by Eckerd just around the bend from where the rest of the team will have team race practice with notable alumni, including two Olympians.

Last year the Bulldogs finished third at the Eckerd Intersectional. Due to the depth of the Bulldogs' women sailing team, four women will compete at the coed regatta. Junior skipper Claire Dennis will sail with senior crew Margot Benedict and freshman skipper Morgan Kiss will sail with crew sophomore Amanda Salvesen. They will face many out of region teams including No. 2 Charleston and No. 18 South Florida but will also see familiar New England teams including No. 10 MIT and No. 15 Boston College.

Continuing a tradition started last year, the rest of the Bulldogs will have a team race practice the first weekend at South Florida's sailing center in St. Petersburg, Fla., where they will sail the rest of the week. Notable alumni will join the Bulldogs for the weekend giving the Bulldogs a chance to team race against a team made up of All Americans and Olympians including Thomas Barrows '10, Zachary Brown '08 and Stu McNay '05 as well as other prominent former Bulldogs.

While the Bulldogs' depth allows them to field two quality team race teams within their ranks, practicing against other top competition that has a lot of team racing experience will give them a great jumpstart on being prepared for the rest of the team race season.  It proved extremely helpful last year so the Bulldogs decided to continue the tradition and the alumni were kind enough to travel once again to Florida for the weekend. 

Two Bulldogs will also bring early season accolades with them to Florida. Senior skipper Joseph Morris and junior crew Heather May were named NEISA Sailors of the week for helping lead the team to a win at last weekend's Bob Bavier team race hosted by the College of Charleston.

The 16 Bulldogs traveling directly to Florida this weekend will head to the Sunshine state on Friday afternoon. Those sailing at the Eckerd Intersectional will report to the regatta at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday.

Report filed by Margot Benedict '12, Yale Sports Publicity