November 7, 2010

Sailing Takes Third at Prof. Noringer Regatta

Cambridge, Mass. – The Engineer's sailing team raced two boats in this past weekend's Professor Noringer Bowl, hosted by Tech on the waters of the Charles River. MIT saw both of their boats finish in the top ten of the 15 team field, with a third place finish and a ninth place showing.

In the A-Division, MIT's top boat sailed to overall victory, winning two of the five heats and placing in the top five in each one.  Both Engineer boats tied for sixth in the B-Division with 32 points, combining for six finishes in the top five boats.

Brandeis won the overall competition by six points over Brown University, who finished with 40 points. The host Engineers were just four points back of the Bears.

Tech also hosted the crew's regatta, a tradition for the past 15 years at MIT that allows the crews of New England to test their helming skills against their peers. All skippers in the event must have no experience racing as a skipper during the season.

Six races were run in each of the two divisions, and for MIT it was senior Erik Verlage, junior Roberto Melandez and freshmen Benjamin Shaya and Iris Xu taking their turns as skippers. Shaya and Xu led their boats to fourth and fifth places respectively in the B Division, and that is how the boats ended up overall as well. Verlage placed eighth in the A-Divison as he competed with Xu's boat, while Melandez took ninth for himself en route to fourth place overall when coupled with Shaya's finish.

It was Bowdoin that emerged victorious, followed by Brown and Maine Maritime, while the two MIT boats rounded out the top five.

MIT also traveled to the Coast Guard Academy, where they competed in the Haps Moore Team Race. The Engineers boat placed fifth out of 12 competing teams in a round robin event of 66 races. At the end of the weekend, single gold and silver rounds were sailed for a total of 96 races over the two-day event. Boston College won the overall regatta and earned the right to host the Hap Moore Team Race next year.

The Hap Moore Team Race Final Results:

1  BC 

2  UVM 

3  RWU  

4  Harvard 

5  MIT 

6  Tufts

7  Brown 

8  SMC

9 *CGA  

10 BU 

11 Conn 

12 Colgate  

 *won tie break