Sept. 25 2005
MEDFORD, Mass. - Backed by B-Division leaders Brooks Reed and Jake Muhleman, the MIT sailing team finished a strong fifth out of 18 teams, this past weekend, in the Hood Trophy. Rookie skipper Reed guided the Engineers to three top five placements in the first six rounds, while Muhleman, a sophomore, recorded two top five slots, including a crucial second-place finish in the 12th race.
Wind conditions settled in at 4-8 knots from the southeast, Saturday, while Sunday produced a 3-9 knot breeze mostly from the southwest. The two-day event hosted by third-place finisher Tufts University featured 14 races, the sailors battling in 18 brand new Larks with carbon-fiber spars, mainsheet bridles, and cassette style rudders.
Reed and crew Syliva Jane got MIT rolling with a fourth place mark in the second race, then slotted second in the sixth round, one spot above Yale University. Muhleman and crew Julie Arsenault continued Tech's successful run with a fourth place ranking in the eighth race, before beating out Rhode Island and the event's winner, Boston College, for their second place finish in the 12th round.
In A-Division, the Engineers finished ninth behind stalwart Jack Field, who skippered all 14 races for MIT, with Arsenault (1-8) and Cha-ling O'Connell (9-14) in tow. Field and Arsenault guided Tech to a second-place spot in the fourth race, one better than Dartmouth. The Engineers' skipper then placed third with O'Connell in the 10th round.
In the six-race, Metro Series 3 at Harvard, MIT placed a proud fourth out of 15 teams. Led by skipper Cha-ling O'Connell and crew Kate Hoff, Tech solidified a sixth-place slot in A-Division by finishing atop the board in the first and last rounds. The tandem also placed a competitive fifth in the second race. In B-Division, the Engineers kept pace, with skipper Ben Stewart and crew Ellann Cohen leading the way to a fifth-place finish. The duo placed a mighty second in the fifth round to top its two earlier third place marks.
At the six-round, Harvard Invite, won by the hosts, the Engineers finished fifth out of nine teams, Tech's B-Division placing a stellar second behind skipper Chuck Head and crew Karlen Ruleman. In A-Division, which ranked seventh, MIT started strong with two fourth place slots, but dropped to eighth in the next two races.
MIT will compete in the Danmark Trophy next weekend in New London, Conn.