MIT Sailing Closes Season with Championship Appearance
Annapolis, Md. – The MIT co-ed sailing team ended a very successful fall season this past weekend by placing 13th at the 2010 Atlantic Coast dinghy championships, hosted by the Naval Academy. The Engineers were one of 18 teams from up and down the East Coast who had qualified for the championship weekend thanks to previous finishes, including a seventh place finish at last month's Erwin Schell Trophy.
Junior Eamon Glackin and senior Ellie Hass took control of the MIT A-Division boat and sailed to a 13th ranked finish. The pair grabbed three top-ten finishes, including two consecutive fifth-place showings to kick off Sunday's racing.
The B-Division for Tech placed 14th in their bracket. Sophomore David Alfonso and junior Stephanie Tong sailed the first three races before junior Philip Crain took over. Crain had the best success of the group, grabbing a fourth and sixth place finish in the last five races. Crain was aided in one heat by junior Reguli Granger.
Only sixteen total heats were run across two divisions due to beautiful weather but a lack of wind throughout the weekend. Three light races were sailed per division Saturday morning before the wind shut off and the fleet was sent in for a lunch break. After lunch, one more race was sailed in the dying northerly before racing was called for the day. Sunday morning began with a postponement ashore until 11:00 when a light 3-5 knot southeasterly breeze filled in. Two windward leeward races were sailed in each division before the wind lightened and two more were sailed after lunch before the wind shut off for good.
The Georgetown Hoyas ran away with both Division races to win the Atlantic Coast Championships. The Boston College Eagles were second, followed by the host Midshipmen of Navy. St. Mary's Seahawks, who placed second in the A-Division, took fourth overall.