Bulldogs Get First Taste of Texas
AUSTIN, Texas—The No. 3 Yale coed sailing team received a warm Texas welcome on the first day of the ICSA Coed Dinghy National Championships with hot and humid temperatures on Lake Travis outside of the state capital. The Bulldogs are currently in fourth place after six races in each division.
Racing was supposed to get under way shortly before 11:00 a.m., but Mother Nature was not interested in following along with the schedule. With a lack of breeze, the sailors were stuck on land waiting for wind. When the wind finally filled in around noon, the teams were able to take out boats for a little practice before the competition started.
Racing began around 1:00 p.m. with breeze of about nine knots from the southwest. However, the breeze was quite unstable, ranging from three to 10 knots over the first two A division races. B division required a re-start of its first race after the wind shut off for a short period but it filled back in to six to eight knots.
Sailing was extremely shifty due to the fluctuating breeze. Because of the vast differences in wind, the fleet spread out over the racecourse. The boats that had trouble at the start or missed the first big shift found themselves a long way behind. Due to the late start, the race committee decided to keep the sailors on the water until 7:15 p.m.
Georgetown currently has a sizeable lead. Harvard is in second with Roger Williams in third. The University of South Florida is in fifth. The Bulldogs have plenty of time to make up points as the race committee hopes to get 18 races in both divisions over the three days which means that the regatta is hopefully only a third of the way over.
With the cooperation of Mother Nature, racing will get underway earlier tomorrow with the first start scheduled for 10:00 a.m. The forecast is for six to eight knots with cloudier skies, which will hopefully keep the temperatures a little more under control. Follow along at http://2012nationals.collegesailing.org/coed-results/.
Report filed by Margot Benedict '12, Yale Sports Publicity