October 10, 2008

No. 2 Bulldog Sailors Seek to Qualify for Singlehanded Nationals

Oct. 10, 2008

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The No. 2 Bulldogs sailors will face tough competition as two sailors will seek to qualify for the ICSA Men's Singlehanded National Championship by competing at the New England Men's Singlehanded Championship on Saturday and Sunday at the McNay Family Sailing Center. The team will also compete at the Hap Moore Trophy Team Race, the first major team race regatta for the team since last season.

The New England Men's Singlehanded Championship is the sole qualification event for the national championship that will be held Oct. 24-26 at Cornell. The top four sailors at the New England Championship will qualify for the national championship. In 2007, junior Thomas Barrows placed second, only two points behind first, at the New England Championship before going on to win the ICSA Singlehanded National Championship later in the season. Barrows became the first male sailor in Yale history to win the singlehanded national championship with his performance.

This year, the situation looks bright for the Bulldogs, especially because they will compete at home at the McNay Family Sailing Center. This year, two Bulldogs will compete at the event in the one-person Laser sailboat. Barrows will again compete for the Bulldogs and is poised to perform strongly again for the Bulldogs. While he is the defending national champion, Barrows also comes into the event as the only college sailor to have competed at the 2008 Olympics. At the Olympics, Barrows placed 21st representing the U.S. Virgin Islands. The Olympics were sailed in the Laser sailboat, the same boat that will be used this weekend at the national championship. Freshmen Cameron Cullman will also compete at the event for the Bulldogs. Cullman is also a distinguished Laser sailor. He was the U.S. Youth Singlehanded National Champion in 2008 and the U.S. Junior Singlehanded Champion in 2005.

The Bulldogs will also compete in the Hap Moore Trophy Team Race at Coast Guard on Saturday and Sunday. The Hap Moore is the largest team race of the fall season. In team racing, three boats from one school face three boats from another school at a time. The boats can use team tactics to slow the competition to allow one's team to come out victorious. With six boats in the race, whichever team finishes with 10 points or less wins the race. In fleet racing, the other style of college racing, only one boat from each school competes at a time against one boat from every other school. Each of the competing schools this weekend is scheduled to face the other competing schools at least once. In 2007, the Bulldogs placed 12th at the event.

Report filed by Caleb Dorfman '09, Yale Sports Publicity