Sept. 21, 2008
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The No. 3 Bulldog sailors continued their strong performances in intersectional competition on Saturday and Sunday with a second-place finish with 257 points at the 18-team Hatch Brown Trophy Intersectional hosted by MIT. The team also placed fourth at the Lake Champlain Open and ninth at the Southern Series Two, Donaghy Bowl event.
The Hatch Brown Trophy, one of the larger college regattas of the year with three divisions of dinghies rather than the typical two divisions, was sailed exclusively in FJs this year, rather than the typical combination of FJs and Techs. The conditions on the Charles River were light throughout the entirety of the event, resulting in a number of postponements, resulting in only 12 races being completed in each division. The Hatch Brown Trophy has typically been a regatta at which the Bulldogs have performed well. The squad had won the event every since 2004. This year, No. 1 Boston College won with a very impressive 155 point total.
In A Division, junior captain Thomas Barrows and sophomore crew Blair Belling placed fourth with 86 points. Barrows and Belling placed in the top-five finishers in seven of the 12 races, an impressive feat considering the unpredictable nature of the shifty wind.
Despite the lack of racing that got off, the team felt that the regatta was still productive overall for the team.
"It was good FJ boathandling handling practice for us," Barrows said. "As well, it was nice to get some practice in on the Charles River. We definitely had many good races over the course the regatta, and whenever we had a good race or two, we'd get on a roll."
The team also competed at the Lake Champlain Open in FJs hosted by Vermont on the open-water Lake Champlain venue in Burlington, Vermont. The squad placed fourth with 124 points at the event after being in third through the first day of competition. Connecticut College won with 72 points. On Saturday, the sailors were met with a strong, 12-20 knot southerly wind, which brought with it large waves that enabled the sailors to surf down the faces of the waves for large gains on the downwinds. The Bulldogs performed extremely well in the strong wind and waves, only finishing outside the top-five competitors three times over 14 races. On Sunday, the wind was from the north and the waves had given way to a strong chop and shifty breeze.
In B Division, junior Rebecca Jackson and Senior Caleb Dorfman shared skippering duties and led the team to a fifth-place finish in B Division. The duo thrived on Saturday, winning two races, before struggling in the new conditions on Sunday.
The Bulldogs also competed at the shortened Southern Series Two event at Salve Regina in Newport, R.I. in 420s. The event, which featured very light wind, motor boat chop, and extreme current, only had three races in each division, so the performance is not representative of the overall talent of the competitors. The Bulldogs finished in ninth with 53 points. In A Division, sophomore Andrew Kurzrok and freshmen Genoa Warner placed ninth with 29 points. In B Division, juniors John Vrolyk and Ryan Lowe placed ninth with 24 points.
Despite the lack of racing, the competitors still felt the event was productive.
"It's always nice to sail in Newport, but the light winds and large waves made racing very difficult," Kurzrok noted. "We got faster as the day went on."
The Bulldogs will be back in action on Saturday and Sunday across New England. The Bulldogs will compete at the Hood Trophy at Tufts, the Loder Trophy at New Hampshire and an Invite and Team Racing Series at Boston College.
Rport filed by Caleb Dorfman '09, Yale Sports Publicity