Sailing Has Strong Weekend Outing

March 28, 2006

By
Mike Stoller

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Racing in the 25th anniversary of the Marchiando Trophy Team Race, host MIT finished in second place out of 10 teams this past weekend. The trophy is given in memory of Lynne Marchiando '81, by family, team members, and friends of MIT. Barbara and Dick Marchiando were on hand to present the trophy which went to the University of Rhode Island.

A beautiful 10-14 knots of east wind made for fantastic racing along the Charles River as the teams sailed in MIT's color coordinated FJ's. The Cardinal and Gray advanced to the championship round after posting a 6-3 record on Saturday, tying Boston College, Harvard University, and University of Rhode Island. Six teams moved into the final circuit with the top two teams from the bottom six also advancing.

The Engineers prevailed with steady skippers Jack Field, Jake Muhleman, and Brooks Reed, as Wyman Li, Elann Cohen, and Gabe Cira assisted in tow.

Racing in light but shifty winds in Sunday's championship tilt, Tech's stellar contingent defeated cross-town rival Harvard, BC, Georgetown University, and St. Mary's College. The teams earned two points for a victory in the title round and one per win in the qualifying contest. MIT's 14 points tied URI, but the Rams won the championship by virtue of besting MIT in head-to-head competition.

In Saturday's Emily Wick Trophy, host MIT placed ninth out of 11 entries. The New England women's event honors Ms. Wick, a 1951 graduate of MIT and a former MIT Dean of Women's Students. Wick, a local resident, has served as Commodore of Sandy Bay Yacht Club and remains active in sailing, racing her Bullseye, the Beaver II.

Competing in excellent conditions for 420 sailing, all divisions A and B raced against each other to account for a 22-team circuit. The combined totals of each school's rankings leveled the field to 11. MIT, providing four of its 420s, posted a score of 245 during the eight-round joust along breezy Dorchester Bay. The Engineers edged out U.S. Coast Guard Academy (253), while falling one mark short to Roger Williams University (226). Dartmouth College won the tilt with a score 101.

On Sunday, the Engineers placed seventh out of 10 teams at the Women's Sloop Shrew Trophy, hosted by Boston College. MIT's B-Division team of Cha-ling O'Connell and Libby Palmer finished first in their circuit with a remarkable score of 11. Tech's outstanding duo slotted fifth, first, third, and second during the four-race event. However, MIT's A-Division team did not fare as well with a score of 31. Tufts University won the contest with a score of 28.