March 31, 2009

Dominant at Dinghy, Leighton and Lee Place Second in `B' Division; Sailors Finish Sixth Overall

March 31, 2009

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – In a dominating effort leading ‘B’ division, skipper Josh Leighton and crew Vicki Lee finished first in their circuit, while the host MIT sailing team placed a strong sixth overall out of 17 teams at the 80th Annual Boston Dinghy Club Cup this past weekend.

With a remarkable tally of 102, Leighton’s and Lee’s score ranked as the event’s second best count among all divisions, slotting only lower to Eckerd College’s A-Division score of 90. Brown University, which registered a 117, placed the closest to Leighton and Lee in the ‘B’ group.

A-Division skipper Brooks Reed and crew Karlen Ruleman finished fourth in ‘A’ Division with a solid score of 130, while the ‘C’ circuit ranked 13th.

Harvard University won the event with a score of 346, while Tufts University, Hobart and William Smith College, Eckerd, and Brown rounded out the top five overall.

On Sunday, winds veered northeasterly at 12-14 knots in the morning, then lowered to 3-5 knots, while swinging to the north for the last few races, as rain precipitated all day. The races started late on Saturday with a light easterly breeze in the morning building to 6-8 knots and becoming more south-easterly in the early afternoon. At about 3pm, fog rolled in, the wind increased to about 10-12 knots, and temperatures dropped into the low 40’s.

MIT also placed sixth out of 10 teams at the Women’s Duplin Trophy hosted by fifth-place finisher Tufts on Upper Mystic Lake. After posting a 4-5 record on Saturday, the Cardinal and Gray rallied to a 4-1 ledger on the second day, finishing at 8-6 overall and second in the consolation single round robin. Libby Palmer, Lisa Schlecht, Katie Gullick, Jillian Reddy, Regula Granger, Jamie Curran, and Rachel Licht all competed for the Engineers. Boston College won the event with a 13-2 record, slotting first among the top four teams in a double round robin that included, in order of ranking, Harvard, Yale University, and Brown.