Strong B-Division Performance Paces Co-Ed Sailing
NARRAGANSETT, RI – Using a sixth place showing from their B-Division boats, the MIT co-ed sailing team took 12th place at this weekend's NEISA Co-ed Dinghy Championships. The Engineers competed against 18 schools at Roger Wheeler State Beach, with the top 8 teams advancing to the semi-finals in Long Beach.
Juniors Andrew Sommer and Mark Van De Loo sailed the first ten races for the B-Division. The pair were in the top ten six times, including a second place and a third place finish. They were spelled by classmate David Alfonso and Reguli Granger for the final two heats, and the pair took a seventh and a ninth place showing to finish the event.
The A-division finished in 14th place, anchored by junior Eamon Glackin, who sailed all twelve races. Glackin had help from several Engineers, as Stephanie Tong sailed the first four races and had two top-ten showings. Sophomore Eben Freeman and Glackin had the best result of the Division, a fifth place showing in race number nine. Reguli Granger and Philip Crain each assisted Glackin on two races as well.
On Saturday's first day of racing competitors arrived to Roger Wheeler State Beach to a brisk Easterly between 15-20 knots. Around race 3A a breeze started to gust well into the 20's. There were many capsizes and one injury sending a sailor to the hospital. Overall, 8 races were sailed in each division in a very steady breeze.
Sunday's final day of competition saw sun and wind from the SW at 20-25 for most of the day. During race 12B winds gusted upwards of 30 knots and almost all boats in the fleet flipped after which racing was called. Breakdowns included a broken in half mast and badly damaged rudder.
The Hawks of Roger Williams ran away with the event winning both Divisions by hefty margins. The Brown Bears took second with Boston College edging the Harvard Crimson for third.