Sept. 18, 2005
CAMBRIDGE, Mass - The MIT sailing team finished a striking fifth out of 18 teams, this past weekend, in the Hatch Brown Trophy. While the Engineers' B and C Divisions certainly held their own, it was Tech's A-Division twosome of skipper Jack Field and crew Wyman Li that made the lasting impression during the two-day event along the Charles River. Racing in Sunday's challenging, shifty breeze, Tech's top tandem finished first in the next-to-last round and second in the finale, propelling MIT into its overall fifth-place ranking, one spot above Saturday's placement. The duo also topped overall winner Yale University by two slots in A-Division, after trailing the Bulldogs by a notch after the first day's outing.
Seven races were held in each division Saturday, three on Sunday. The first six rounds were battled in 3-5 knot northerly winds, which were very shifty, while the seventh race was held in a light easterly breeze. Sunday, all three races were sailed in variable, light northwest, though shifty winds, of 0-4 knots.
Until Field and Li rallied the Engineers, Tech's C-Division team of rookie skipper Brooks Reed and crew Sylvia Yang was in the spotlight for MIT. Reed and Yang placed a proud fourth on Saturday, just a notch below Yale, to set the stage for Sunday's exciting finish. Meanwhile, Tech's B-Division pair of Jake Muhleman and Julie Arsenault ranked a respectable ninth, and even chimed in with a second-place finish in the fifth race, one slot above cross-town rival Harvard University, the event's overall second-place finisher.
At the Women's Hurst Bowl hosted by Dartmouth College, MIT finished 11th out of 16 teams. Amid cloudy skies but a great northerly breeze ranging from 4-8 knots, Tech shined in B-Division guided by skipper Cha-ling O'Connell and crew Kate Hoff. The tandem finished seventh, with a notable second-place slot in the fourth race. The Engineers struggled in A-Division, but skipper Emma Bassein, along with crew Jenny Hu and Sunny Wicks, managed to finish fourth in the fifth race, one place above Harvard.
In Saturday's, four-race, Metro Series 2 at Harvard, MIT placed 10th out of 13 teams, Tech finishing a commendable seventh in A-Division, behind the efforts of Gabriel Cira and Libby Palmer. Splitting the duties of skipper and crew, the duo finished a noteworthy sixth in the third and fourth races. In B-Division, the Engineers placed ninth, though skipper Zach Traina and crew Liz George came through with a fifth-place finish in the third race, Tech's highest ranking for either division among the four rounds.
MIT will host the Women's Dinghy Clinic next weekend in Cambridge.