March 16, 2008
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - A consistent effort by both A and B divisions allowed the MIT sailing team to finish seventh out of 15 teams at the Veitor Trophy hosted by Salve Regina University on Sunday. The Engineers beat out the three teams who finished just below them primarily because they maintained a better balance between the two groups.
MIT placed eighth in both circuits, allowing the Engineers to finish higher than the University of Connecticut, Connecticut College and Northeastern University. With scores of 73 and 64 in A and B divisions, respectively, the Cardinal and Gray's tally of 137 bested U. Conn by just one point, Connecticut by nine and Northeastern by 21.
Northeastern finished the best among the quartet in A Division with a score of 59, but fell out of a high slot with a B Division count of 100.
Meanwhile, Tech's stability enabled the Engineers to stay among the higher bracket of the competing squads. The A team of skipper Libby Palmer and crew Ashley Cantieny finished worse than 10th only three times, with their best rankings a third and two fifth-place marks during the nine races. The `B' duo of skipper Jamie Curran and crew Gina Fridley never fared worse than eighth, while placing fourth, fifth, and sixth among their nine rounds.
The event was originally scheduled for Saturday but winds of 25-30 knots during the first joust induced multiple capsizes and unsafe sailing conditions. With a forecast of even strengthening winds to come, the regatta was postponed until Sunday, when the breeze ranged from 7-17 knots. The sailors used gold cup courses.
MIT will host the Boston Dinghy Cup next Saturday.