March 12, 2009
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The No. 4 Bulldog coed sailing team will split up and compete at a team race and a fleet race event this weekend after taking second at the highly competitive John Jackson Team Race last weekend. The Bulldogs, who are still in the early period of competition, hope to get in two solid performances before having an intense week of spring break training in Florida.
For the Bulldogs, the Admiral Moore Team Race hosted by SUNY Maritime is a good chance to get in more team race competition against tough competition. It is also the first opportunity the team has had this year to team race in 420s. The Mendelblatt Team Race, which the Bulldogs won on Feb. 14-15, and the John Jackson Team Race, which the Bulldogs placed second at last weekend, were both sailed in FJs. The SUNY Maritime facility also gives the Bulldogs the opportunity to get used to sailing in current, something that will be critical for the team later on in the season. The New England Team Race Championships, which will be hosted by Roger Williams and are the qualifier for the ICSA Team Race National Championships, take place in a venue with strong current. Other nationally ranked teams at the event include No. 1 Georgetown, No. 10 Tufts, No. 11 South Florida, No. 12 SUNY Maritime, No. 13 MIT, No. 14 Boston University, No. 16 Connecticut College and No. 20 Hobart/William Smith.
Last year, the event was not fully completed due to strong winds that were steadily between 20 and 30 knots. Combined with the frigid temperatures, the coaches and regatta management decided that it was in the best interest of the competitors to stop racing before serious injuries or accidents occurred. Before the regatta was stopped, the Bulldogs were on track to doing well, boasting a 5-1 record.
The Bulldogs will also compete at the Wood Trophy hosted by Salve Regina in 420s. This is the first fleet race regatta of the year hosted in New England and only the second fleet race of the year for the Bulldogs, who took third at the Charleston Spring Intersectional. The Wood Trophy will feature strong competition from around New England. The Salve Regina venue, located in the historic sailing town of Newport, R.I., can have a variety of conditions, from light wind and chop to big wind and waves. The site of the 2008 ICSA National Championships, the venue is known for its strong current.
Last year at the 18-team event, the Bulldogs placed seventh with 168 points over the 10 races in each division. The Bulldogs turned in solid performances across the regatta, placing seventh in A division and ninth in B division. Neither the A nor B division teams from last year will return to the event.
Competition will get underway at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday at SUNY Maritime and at 9:30 a.m. at Salve Regina.
Report filed by Caleb Dorfman '09, Yale Sports Publicity