Engineers Hold Fort at 11th in Opening Regatta
Sept. 5, 2006
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Ranked 19th in the Sailing World preseason national rankings, MIT lived up to its reputation this past weekend, finishing a strong 11th out of 23 entries at the Harry Anderson Trophy. The two-day event was hosted by sixth-place finisher Yale University.
With shades of Tropical Storm Ernesto bearing down, sailing started under grey skies with extremely gusty wind from the northeast on Saturday. Racing in a 10-20 knot breeze with puffs up to 25 in the first round, the teams later battled a 30-knot puff that flipped a large portion of the fleet and bent one mast. After two rounds, the races were stopped due to inclement weather.
Sunday brought better conditions with winds blowing up to 10 knots from the southeast, as blue skies adorned the afternoon water.
MIT's B-Division team of skipper Jake Muhleman and crew Chuck Head took charge in the final six rounds, placing fifth, eighth, and third to open the second day. The terrific scores held up for a final tally of 92 and a solid 10th place finish on the rank chart.
In A-Division, skipper Jack Field and crew Brooks Reed escaped the first day's fury in ninth place, but the higher circuit took a dip in the later rounds. On Sunday, Field and crew Julie Arsenault steered Tech to a seventh place slot in the fifth race, but were unable to finish in the top 10 in the last three jousts.
Overall, the Cardinal and Gray beat out rivals Tufts University and Boston University, which placed 12th and 16th, respectively.
Boston College won the event with a score of 90, after rallying from a 14th place slot on the first day.
MIT will host the Women's Man-Labs Trophy on Saturday.