Bulldogs Move Up to Second Despite Lack of Wind
AUSTIN, Texas—The biggest enemy for the No. 3 Yale coed sailing team on the second day of the ICSA Dinghy National Championships was not one of the other teams on the water. Instead, Mother Nature played the role of spoiler, only offering enough breeze for four races to be sailed in each division. The Bulldogs took full advantage of the few races moving from fourth to second heading into the last day of the championships.
For the second day in a row, the sailors showed up to Lake Travis before the breeze. Thankfully temperatures were more bearable than Wednesday with the mercury hovering around 80 and less humidity. Finally at 11:30 a.m. breeze of six to eight knots came in from the northeast allowing A division to hit the water. The breeze only lasted for two races, shutting off before B division could hit the water.
The sailors were tricked around 2:00 p.m. when it looked like the breeze was filling in, only to fade out just as B division headed out to the racecourse. At 4:00 p.m. B division was finally able to get some sailing in with breeze coming from the north at eight to 12 knots. Another set was completed in each division before the day was ended at 7:15 p.m., marking the second long day for the sailors who spent over ten hours at the sailing site.
Because the breeze was out of a different direction, the sailors had to make tactical adjustments. The breeze remained shifty but the left side of the course was persistently favored throughout the evening because of the northerly direction.
The Bulldogs trail Georgetown by a significant margin but are still very much in the running for a national championship. As was shown by the Women's National Championship, which had numerous exciting lead changes on the last day despite a large point spread to begin the day, anything can happen even in a few races.
Sailors will once again report to Lake Travis at 9:00 a.m. with the hope of being greeted by some breeze for the first time during this National Championship. With a little bit of cooperation from Mother Nature, racing will start at 10:00 a.m. The forecast calls for a southerly of six to eight knots. No race can be sailed after 5:00 p.m.
Follow along at http://2012nationals.collegesailing.org/coed-results/ as the Bulldogs look to make a push for the championship on the last day of the regatta.
Report filed by Margot Benedict '12, Yale Sports Publicity