Sept. 4, 2005
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The MIT Sailing team finished 19th out of 24 teams in the Harry Anderson Trophy this past weekend. Tech battled fiercely in A-Division to place 12th, thanks to the heroic efforts of skipper Jack Field and crew Wyman Li, who finished fifth and sixth in the last two races. The tandem guided the Engineers in all 10 rounds during the two-day Labor Day weekend event hosted by Yale University.
Tech didn't fare as well in B-Division, placing 17th, though skipper Jake Muhleman and crew Emma Bassein gave MIT a spark by finishing atop the board in the eighth race.
Four and five-leg windward leeward courses were sailed throughout the weekend. Six races were held in each division Saturday, four on Sunday.
Great weather adorned the opening Regatta on both days, though conditions were quite tricky on Saturday - a northwest wind from the land, varying from 5 to 13 knots in the puffs. On Sunday, winds started out 4-10 knots from the north but at times shifted 45 degrees either way, making sailing very difficult. The wind succumbed at about 2pm, a nice 10-12 knot sea breeze building for the last full set.
Field and Li scored a 129, beating out Division I foe Boston University by 17 points and three slots in the standings. Harvard University won the Regatta with an overall score of 127. Tufts University finished in second place at 137.
MIT will open at home in the Women's Man-Labs Trophy this Saturday, before hosting the MIT Invitational the following day.