SAILING | Bulldogs sail to mixed results

The coed and women’s sailing teams finished this weekend with mixed results as the Elis scattered across New England to compete in five events.

The first-ranked Yale coed sailors took their third tournament of the year this weekend as they sailed to victory in the Danmark Trophy. The team also sent representatives to the Smith Trophy at MIT and the Southern Series Four event at Connecticut College, where the Bulldogs placed 17th and fifth, respectively.

At the Danmark Trophy, hosted by the Coast Guard Academy on the Thames River in New London, Conn., rain and thunderstorms taunted competitors before a 5-12 knot breeze settled in to allow the completion of 10 races per division.

“Saturday we had rain all day. The breeze was up and down, but it was from a good direction, so we had consistent wind all day,” Blair Belling ’11 said. “Sunday the wind didn’t really hold throughout the day — we were postponed and didn’t get off as many races.”

Thomas Barrows ’10 and Belling placed first in the A division by 30 points. The duo raced 420s in 10 races Saturday and returned to the water Sunday in FJs for five additional races.

In the B division, skipper Joe Morris ’12 and crew Marla Menninger ’10 raced FJs on Saturday and 420s on Sunday. The pair placed third in the division.

“Going into the second day, we were tied neck and neck,” Barrows said. “For the third race Sunday, the wind dropped down to nothing, and it was really difficult sailing conditions. But both Joe and I were able to get first place finishes, which cemented our lead.”

Overall, the Elis out-sailed second place Boston College by 28 points to take the tournament.

“This is probably the first big intersectional we’ve gone to,” Morris said of the 19-team regatta. “Basically, everyone who will be at Nationals next spring was there.”

At the Smith Trophy, the largest collegiate sailing event of the season with 26 teams, the Bulldogs finished 17th overall. Although rainy weather plagued the first day of competition, Sunday’s dead wind conditions proved the worst of the regatta. There was no racing Sunday, so Saturday’s scores were finalized as the regatta totals.

The team also traveled to the Southern Series Four event, also on the Thames River. Genoa Warner ’12, Nathan Stevens ’11, John Vrolyk ’10 and Isabel Elliman ’12 competed in two divisions and took fifth place overall.

The women’s team was also on the water this weekend. At the Women’s Finger Lakes Intersectional, four members of the women’s sailing team headed to Cornell to race in 420s. The venue at Ithaca dawned sunny and bright Saturday morning and featured a light breeze. Sunday saw only a few races later in the day because of light winds.

In the A division, Sarah Lihan ’10 and Elizabeth Brim ’11 placed first. It was Lihan’s first double-handed event of the season. Rebecca Jackson ’10 and Stephanie Schuyler ’12 raced in the B division and finished fourth.

On a drenched Charles River, the rest of the women’s team gathered for the Regis Bowl Regatta. With classically difficult Charles River conditions worsened by the rain, the team struggled through 10 races Saturday. With light winds Sunday morning, only two races were sailed.

Next weekend, some of the coed Elis will travel to the New England Singlehanded Championships, while others will compete inthe Moody Trophy at University of Rhode Island. The women’s team will race in three divisions at the Navy Women’s Intersectional in Annapolis, Md.

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