September 26, 2010

Engineer Sailing Takes Second Place at Commonwealth Series

Cambridge, Mass. – The MIT sailing team took a strong second place finish at the Commonwealth Series regatta on the Charles River this weekend. MIT fell by just two points to the regatta winners Salve Regina.

MIT was led by their B-Division boat, under skipper Steven Drapcho and crew  Mark Van De Loo. The two sophomores won their division with 68 points, including three first place finishes and six second place results. They edged out the Catamounts of Vermont by three points to win the division.

It was an all sophomore regatta for the Engineers as David Alfonso and Eben Freeman took control of the MIT A-Division boat. Under skipper Alfonso, the MIT team also won three heats and took top-four finishes in 14 of the 18 rounds.

They placed second to a Salve Regina team who blew away the competition in the A-Division, winning seven heats and giving them the regatta victory despite a less impressive third place showing in the B column. The Engineers and Seahawks crushed the rest of the field, leaving third place Vermont 32 points back of the top two teams. 

Eighteen races were completed in superb conditions on the Charles River. The heat of Saturday gave way to a brisk NE breeze at 12-15 knots on Sunday. A division started racing in FJs and then switched into technical dinghies after race 8. B Division started in techs and switched into FJs.

In their other weekend event, the Engineers finished 16th place out of 18 schools at the Professor Steadman Hood Trophy, hosted by Tufts University. Eamon Glackin and Ellie Hass were able to take third and fourth places in two heats to propel the MIT A division boats to 13th overall. Philip Crain and Reguli Granger also competed in the event for the Engineers. The Harvard Crimson won the trophy going away, with the host Jumbos just taking second place over Yale.