Sailing Finishes Fifth at New England Match Race Championship

Courtesy of Rob Migliaccio
Courtesy of Rob Migliaccio

THE BASICS:

- Results:  

New England Match Race Championship at Corinthian Yacht Club – 5th of 8
Captain Hurst Bowl – 5th of 18
Yale Women's Intersectional – 16th of 18

- The Lead: The MIT sailing team competed in its first NEISA Fall Championship this weekend where the Engineers place fifth out of eight teams at the Match Race Championship at the Corinthian Yacht Club. Additionally, MIT placed fifth at the Captain Hurst Bowl and 16th at the Yale Women's Intersectional.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- The match racing team lead by senior Cutter O'Connell (Del Mar, Calif.) and crewed by sophomores Stephen Duncan (Severna Park, Md.) and Connor Chung (Newport Beach, Calif.) as well as freshman Julia Wyatt (Sudbury, Mass.) fought a challenging regatta to finish fifth in New England Match Race Championship. A fickle light wind Saturday saw the Engineers as the seventh-seed following the completion of the round robin, matched in the first quarterfinal knockout round against Bowdoin. Sunday's forecasted heavy winds built slowly in the morning, with Bowdoin taking the first race of three against MIT. Not giving in to attrition, the team displayed dominant boat speed and smart clean boat-on-boat strategy to take the next race. The MIT team led the third quarterfinal race until an unexpected twisted spinnaker let Bowdoin just sneak past for their second win, knocking MIT out of contention for the top four places and two national championship berths. Insisting on finishing the day with a set of elegant finishes, the boat sailed two commanding races, handily winning the round for fifth place and rounding out a well-sailed regatta for these first-time match racers. 

- At the Captain Hurst Bowl – a regatta split into three divisions – the No. 6 ranked coed sailing team came in fifth overall with 189 points just behind No. 2 Yale University (134 points), No. 5 Dartmouth College (173), No. 10 Roger Williams University (175) and No. 12 Boston University (189). In the A Division boat sailed by Ty Ingram (White Plains, N.Y.), Sameena Shaffeeullah (Danbury, Conn.) and Fiona McKellar (Palos Verdes, Calif.) the trio notched 74 points for sixth place as they posted three top-3 race finishes over the nine rotations. Trevor Long (Hockessin, Del.) and Marcus Abate (Kemah, Texas) came in second in the B Division with 45 points as they registered five top-3 race finishes. In the C Division, Emily Haig (Beach Haven, N.J.) and McKellar earned seventh place with 70 points as they came in third once, fourth once and additionally posted six other top-10 placements.

- The Engineers rounded out the weekend at the Yale Women's Intersections where the No. 13 ranked women's team finished 16th overall with 336 points. In the A Division, Annie Hughes (Guilford, Conn.), Tiffany Xi (Foster City, Calif.) and Brooke McGoldrick (Southport, Conn.) came in 17th with 182 points as they had their best race in rotation 11 by crossing the line ninth overall. In the B Division, Greta Farrell (Huntington, N.Y.), Sarah Caso (Duxbury, Mass.) and Noa Yoder (New York, N.Y.) earned 12th place with 154 points. The trio had two of their best races in rotation three and rotation 12 has they finished fifth and fourth, respectively.

UP NEXT:

- Next weekend MIT races in four regattas including the Oberg Trophy at home, the Hoyt Trophy at Brown University, the Central Series 6 at Boston College and the Mrs. Hurst Bowl at Dartmouth College.

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