NEW HAVEN, Conn. – This weekend the No. 1 Yale coed sailing team returns to double handed dinghies, going North to race the Captain Hurst Bowl at Dartmouth and Great Herring Pond Open at Massachusetts Maritime Academy.
The Captain Hurst Bowl will be sailed on Lake Mascoma, known for its shifty lake conditions. This year, the Dartmouth sailing team has acquired a fleet of Z420s in additions to its original fleet of FJs. The Z420 is the redesigned version collegiate 420. The boat is lighter weight with a stiffer hull, making the Z420 a much higher performance design than the traditional collegiate 420. Production of the Z420 is also much more environmentally friendly. This year's spring double-handed national championships will be sailed in the Z420, but this weekend will be the coed Bulldogs' first opportunity to race in the boats.
Yale's team of freshmen skippers will represent the Bulldogs this weekend. Ian Barrows will sail A division and Mitchell Kiss will sail B division. The duo put up an impressive third-place performance at last week's Moody Trophy, and will only be expected to improve. They will be joined by crews junior Sarah Smith, sophomore Charlotte Belling and freshmen Meredith Megarry and Isabelle Rossi de Leon. Alum Joe Morris '12 will travel with the team as a coach for the weekend.
Another Yale team will travel to the Massachusetts Maritime Academy to compete in the Great Herring Pond Open. Senior skipper Will Feldman with sophomore crew Sanam Rastegar will sail A division, while sophomore skipper Marly Isler with freshman crew Clara Robertson will sail B division.
All racing will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday. Follow results live at http://scores.collegesailing.org/.
Report filed by Katherine Gaumond '15, Yale Sports Publicity