Nov. 2, 2008
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The No. 6 Bulldogs finished off the regular season of competition at the Schell Trophy hosted by MIT on Saturday and Sunday. The Bulldogs finished eighth at the event, only nine points out of sixth and a qualifying berth to the Atlantic Coast Championships. A portion of the freshmen on the team also finished sixth at the Freshmen New England Championships, which were held at Massachusetts Maritime on Saturday and Sunday.
The Schell Trophy, which is recognized as the unofficial Fall New England Championship, took place on the Charles River in one fleet of Techs and one fleet of FJs. Wind conditions were extremely tough to manage on both days of competition. Some races would be started in a moderate breeze before lightening and shifting numerous times, and then would fill in again. In other races, the win would completely shut off in the middle of races, and would then fill in from behind on the downwind legs, propelling those boats that had sailed in the back of the pack for much of the race ahead of the teams that had led the race. These wind patterns were difficult to predict and at times no indications were given on the water as to where the wind would fill in.
The team had a tough first day at the event, but sailed much better on Sunday and almost qualified for the Atlantic Coast Championship. Going into the final race of the 18-race regatta, the team was tied with Boston University for the final qualifying spot in the regatta and only had to finish with either the same or fewer points between the A and B Division races than the team from Boston University. The Bulldogs, however, came up just short, finishing nine points out of qualifying, after being more than 40 points out of contention after the first day. The Bulldogs finished second at the Schell Trophy in 2007.
Junior captain Thomas Barrows and sophomore crew Blair Belling turned in a strong performance on Sunday to jump from 12th in A Division to fourth with 134 points by the end of Sunday. Barrows and Belling never finished outside the top three in the first six races on Sunday. Overall, the duo had nine finishes in the top five over the 18-race regatta, including seven top three finishes. Barrows and Belling won one race and were second in four races.
At the Freshmen New England Championships for the Nickerson Trophy, the Bulldogs finished sixth with 163 points. In A Division, freshmen Cameron Cullman and Genoa Warner finished fourth with 68 points. The finished in the top five in seven of the 12 races and won one race. In B Division, freshmen Rob Struckett and Margot Benedict finished eight with 95 points. The duo had a top finish of second.
Report filed by Caleb Dorfman '09, Yale Sports Publicity