Lightweights Open Fall at the Head of the Housatonic

William Zeng. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
William Zeng. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – In what coach Andy Card described as a "preseason atmosphere," the Yale lightweight crew posted two first-place finishes and four second-place finishes at the Head of the Housatonic, held on its home river. With almost every member of the team racing more than once on the day, the regatta gave the Bulldogs an opportunity to gain early racing experience in a stiff headwind, conditions unfriendly to lightweights.

Four pairs opened the day for Yale, with the winning boat posting a time of 18:29.6 in an event with no non-Yale entries. In the Collegiate 8+ event, Yale's varsity eight finished with a time of 14:55.4, placing second behind the Yale heavyweights. Yale lightweight boats also finished sixth, eighth, and ninth. In the Collegiate 4+ event, the Bulldogs took the top two spots with times of 17:00.1 and 17:33.5 respectively. Yale lights also finished fourth and eighth. In the Open/Masters 8+, Yale posted the fastest time of the day, but technically finished second due to an age handicap given to Cambridge Boat Club. The Bulldogs crossed the line with a time of 14:03.0.

Full results can be found here.

The Y150 has next weekend off from racing before traveling to Cambridge, Mass. on Oct. 24 for the Head of the Charles.

Report by Trey Chandler '11, Yale Sports Publicity