Behind Sommer and Licht, Sailors Cut a solid Third at Wood Trophy

NEWPORT, R.I. – Fighting back early east- to-northeast high winds of 20-25 knots, freshman skipper Andrew Sommer and crew Rachel Licht registered a phenomenal B-Division score of nine, leading the MIT sailing team to a third-place finish out of 14 teams at the Wood Trophy hosted by Salve Regina University on Sunday.

Posting the best score in their circuit, Sommer and Licht finished fourth and second during the first two rounds, won the third tilt, then closed in second in the last of the four races. The effort allowed the Cardinal and Gray to finish just two points short of second place overall with a score of 36 to Brown University's 34. Boston College won the event with a tally of 25.

The Engineers also got a pair of stellar efforts from A-Division skipper Eamon Glackin and crew Leigh Casadaban, who opened and closed with fourth and third place finishes, respectively.

The four rounds in each division were sailed with gold cups and double windward leewards.

Saturday's races were cancelled due to winds reaching 30 mph and gusting into the mid 40s.

Races, though, were held on both days for the MIT Team Race amid heavy rains along the Charles River.

Sommer and Casadaban both competed as did skippers Charlie Field, David Alfonso, Steve Drapcho, and Toan Tran-Phu, and crew Jillian Reddy Adrienne Tran, Mark Vand de Loo, and Claire DeRosa.

Tufts University won the round robin event beating out Rogers Williams University in a sail-off. In order, Brown, MIT, Providence College, and McGill University closed out the standings.