CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – One of the two MIT sailing squads entering the inaugural Longfellow Bridge Invitational danced to a terrific second place finish out of 16 New England teams this past weekend at Harvard University. By all counts, the Engineers were sensational in winds that ranged from 7-20 knots swinging west-to-northwest on Saturday and southwest to northwest on Sunday, which caused many capsizes along the W-3 and W-4 courses.
With a score of 49 in the B-Division, the Cardinal and Gray placed first in the circuit, led by senior skipper Toan Tran-Phu and freshman crew Alix de Monts. The duo finished in the top five in all but three of the 13 races and won five tilts. The 'A' team of senior skipper Charles Field and freshman crew Kelden Pehr scored a 63 to finish fourth in its group, while placing in the top five in all but four rounds.
Competing for MIT on its other team were skippers Tevis Nichols and Neil Forrester and crew Hannah Sparkman and Denis Sevine. The quartet came away with a fifth and three sixth-place finishes, while placing 10th overall.
Boston College won the event with a score of 88, as MIT's top team tallied a 112. Rounding out the top-five were University of Vermont, Boston University, and Roger Williams University.
MIT also hosted the Marchiando/Friis Trophy with Tufts University. The eight-team New England event honors former MIT sailing star Lynne Marchiando and Tufts' sailing program founder Jan Friis. Competing for the Engineers were Josh Leighton, Eamon Glackin, Phil Crain, Andrew Sommer, Vicki Lee, Rachel Licht, and Lisa Schlecht.
Harvard won the Marchiando Trophy and Boston College took the Friis
MIT will host the Midweek Tech Invite on Tuesday, April 13.