April 3, 2006

Engineers Rank 11th at Boston Dinghy Cup

April 2, 2006

By
Mike Stoller

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The MIT sailors finished 11th out of 18 teams at the Boston Dinghy Cup this past weekend. Four divisions contested during the races hosted by MIT, Boston University, and event-winner Harvard University. The Engineers placed eighth in Saturday's wild weather, but did not fare as well on the calmer second day.

Saturday's cold front bearing mid-afternoon rain created tough conditions and a whopping wind, causing a Boston University FJ fleet to capsize and MIT Techs to surge out of the water. After the front passed through, the hefty breeze settled at 4-10 knots west, by day's end the teams looking up to a rainbow over the gleaming Charles River.

A-Division skipper Jack Field and crew Wyman Li posted six top five marks en route to a fourth place finish in the first day's 10 contests. Tech's top tandem placed second in the first and last rounds, and first in round two. In between, the duo scored a pair of fourth-place slots and a fifth, as MIT prepared itself well heading into Sunday's eight races.

Also placing fourth for MIT were B-Division skipper Brooks Reed and crew Sylvia Yang, powering their way after facing tough times early on. Having missed the top 10 in the first three circuits, Reed and Yang followed with first, third, and sixth marks in the next three battles. They held the fort by finishing second and third in a pair of later rounds.

MIT's C-Division amazingly finished third after overcoming a dismal opening joust, in which the Cardinal and Gray placed 17th. Skipper Jake Muhleman and crew Karlen Ruleman bounced back to record three second place slots and a pair of thirds, before capping the afternoon atop the board in the final round.

Emma Bassein, Zach Traina, and Gabe Cira placed 14th for MIT's D-Division.

While Field and Li continued to shine on Sunday, MIT slipped overall, failing to crack the top 10 in 18 of the remaining 32 races among the four groups.

At the two-day Joseph Duplin Trophy, MIT finished 10th out of 12 entries. Hosted by Tufts, the Jumbos won event with a score of 69.