March 6, 2009
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The No. 6 Bulldog coed sailing team looks to continue its streak of strong performances this year with competition at two team races. The Bulldogs, who won the Mendelblatt Team Race on Feb. 14-15, are back in competition at Georgetown and Harvard. The Bulldogs, who have yet to begin practice, will sail in the two team race events with new team combinations.
Last year, at the John Jackson Team Race hosted by Georgetown, the Bulldogs came away with the victory by going 7-0 in the final round. The John Jackson Team Race will be co-hosted by Navy. Eight teams will compete at Navy on Saturday with another eight competing at Georgetown. The top four teams from each venue will then compete at Georgetown in a Championship Final on Sunday while the other four teams from each venue will compete at Navy in a Consolation Final.
The competition at the event should be top-notch. The Bulldogs will compete on the first day at Georgetown alongside No. 1 St. Mary's College of Maryland, No. 4 Georgetown, No. 15 SUNY Maritime, No. 17 Old Dominion, No. 19 Connecticut College, Fordham and Rhode Island. Ranked teams that are competing at the Navy venue on the first day include No. 2 Boston College, No. 7 Charleston, No. 8 Navy, No. 9 Brown, No. 12 Boston University, No. 13 South Florida, No. 16 Eckerd and No. 18 Hobart/William Smith. The Georgetown venue is known for its shifty winds and flat water. Seemingly random shifty winds come across the river venue, which is located next to Reagan National Airport, causing strange gusts to touch the water from arriving planes. Competition will be held in FJs. The Bulldogs will have a new squad at the team race this year, with only junior captain Thomas Barrows returning from last year. The team race combination at the event, however, has shown that they are a formidable team as they won the Mendelblatt Team Race.
The Bulldogs will also compete at the eight-team Sharpe Team Race, which will take place on the Charles River under the Boston skyline. The event will take place in the Harvard fleet of FJs. The Charles River venue is known for shifty winds and flat water. The team took sixth at the event last year.
Competition will begin at 9:00 a.m. at the Georgetown venue and at 9:30 a.m. at the Harvard venue on Saturday and will continue on Sunday.
Report filed by Caleb Dorfman '09, Yale Sports Publicity