September 19, 2010

Engineers Place 10th at Nevins Trophy, Honor Hatch Brown with Regatta

Kings Point, N.Y. – The MIT Engineers sailing team grabbed 10th place out of 20 schools at the Nevins Trophy intersectional regatta this weekend.

The regatta consisted of three divisions, and the MIT boats had top-three finishes in each one, en route to a final score of 196. Junior Eamon Glackin skippered the B-Division boats to sixth place, with the help of crew Kelden Pehr and Reguli Granger. Together the Engineers secured race finishes of first and second place David Alfonso captained the solo C-division boats to a victory in his final heat to clinch 11th place for his division.

While a 5-7 knot wind blew on Saturday morning, Sunday's conditions proved to be less favorable, with no substantial breeze ever filling for more than five minutes. Racing was abandoned for the day at 12:45, forcing the C Division boats to sail six races, one less than the rest of the meet.

The event was won by the Harvard Crimson who, despite taking only one victory, sailed the most consistent regatta. Georgetown was four points behind them in second, while Boston College was another two points back in third. BC ran away with the B-division, finishing in the top five in all seven races, including three victories. St. Mary's of Maryland was the next closest team to the top three, 15 points back of the Eagles.

St. Mary's was even more successful in Cambridge at the Hatch Brown Trophy, co-hosted by MIT and BU. The Seahawks won the regatta thanks to a great showing by their C Division boats. Yale and Dartmouth finished second and third, respectively.

MIT's best finish came from their A-Boat. Skipper Philip Crain and Adrienne Tran who secured a third place finish in the third heat and a ninth place spot in the division. The Engineers as a team finished in 15th place out of 18 competing schools.

The regatta honors the third sailing master of MIT, Hatch Brown, who was an instrumental leader for 29 years contributing to college sailing. Brown taught somewhere near 40 thousand MIT students how to sail. He also was a member of the BU Sailing Team and won A division in college nationals.