NEW LONDON, Conn. – The No. 2 Yale Bulldogs persevered through light air conditions this past weekend, earning a seventh place finish at the Danmark Trophy hosted by the US Coast Guard Academy and 12th at the Jesuit Open hosted by Fordham.
In its 70th year, the Danmark Trophy gave the Bulldogs trying conditions. The Thames River provided a brutal combination of light air and a strong ebb that increased up to 3 knots by the end of each day. Saturday began with a light northerly, however the breeze did not hold and only seven races in A division and six races in B division were sailed. Sunday also saw similar conditions with the breeze dying just before noon, allowing for only two more races in A division and three more in B division. All of the teams had difficulty staying consistent in these difficult conditions, making the scores very tight at the end of racing on Sunday. While finishing in seventh, the Bulldogs were only 18 points out of the top three
In A division, sophomore skipper Graham Landy and senior crew Heather May finished 9th in the tough fleet. The duo faced many top ranked teams that had not yet traveled North this season, like No. 4 College of Charleston and No. 10 Stanford University.
Senior captain Cameron Cullman and freshman crew Sanam Rastegar placed sixth in B division. They finished first in two of the nine races and outside of the top ten only twice. In the end, Cullman and Rastegar were only seven points away from second place in their division.
The Jesuit Open had even worse luck with weather, with only three races in each division sailed on Saturday. On Sunday, there was no wind at all and not a single race was completed. In A division senior skipper Zachary Foreman and sophomore crew Sarah Smith finished 13th while the freshman team of Eric Anderson and Emily Johnson finished 10th in B division.
Next weekend, the Bulldogs look forward to sailing larger keelboats at the New England Sloop Championship at New York Yacht Club and the Strom Trysail Big Boat Regatta at Larchmont Yacht Club. Yale will also send a team to the traditional dinghy event at the University of Rhode Island, the Moody Trophy.
Report filed by Katherine Gaumond '15, Yale Sports Publicity