Cambridge, Mass. -- The MIT sailing team kicked off their 2010 season by competing in four events this past weekend, including hosting the Toni Deutsch Regatta.
The Engineers placed 11th of 14 teams in the regatta, held on the Charles River. MIT skipper Jillian Reddy and crew Regula Granger sailed to seventh position in the B Division, including a victory in the seventh heat. The weekend event was dominated by Brown University, who placed first in 14 total heats to win by 62 points. Yale edged out Coast Guard in the last A Division race to secure 2nd overall.
The regatta was completed in a 5-8 knot breeze on Saturday, while a stronger 8-12 knot breeze blew Sunday from ENE to ESE. The event honors Toni Deutsch ('58), the first woman to receive a varsity letter in athletics at MIT. During her four years on the sailing team under the tutelage of Jack Wood, MIT won Nationals twice and finished second once.
On the same river, MIT placed eighth at the Harvard Invitational on Sunday afternoon. A boat from the host Crimson won the 12-team invitational, but the Engineers were able to edge Harvard's second boat by ten points. The MIT A Division boat, skippered by Tevis Nichols and crewed by Jacqueline Soegaard, finished in sixth place, picking up a victory in the second heat along the way.
The Engineers also got a strong showing at the Penobscot Bay Open in Castine, Maine, where they finished 10th out of 17 schools. In extremely tight standings, MIT was only separated from seventh place by four points. With David Alfonso at skipper and Steven Drapcho on the crew, MIT's B Division boat grabbed a victory and a second place finish to nab sixth place for the regatta.
In the final event of the weekend, MIT sailed to 14th place out of 20 schools at the Harry Anderson Trophy hosted by Yale. Brown edged out Roger Williams to win the event, with the hosts coming in third.