October 6, 2008

Sailors Dandy at the Danmark

Oct. 6, 2008

NEW LONDON, Conn. – With the breeze swirling from the south to northwest at 0-8 knots on Saturday, the MIT sailing team weathered wacky wind conditions before moving up three slots in Sunday’s steady 6-12 northeast current to finish a remarkable seventh out of 20 teams at the Danmark Trophy this past weekend.

MIT saw its ‘B’ circuit of skipper Josh Leighton and Karlen Ruleman surge from seventh to fourth place after opening the second day with a first-place finish and slotting in the top 10 in five of the last six races. Leighton and Ruleman also proved strong on Saturday with a pair of third-place marks among the initial six jousts.

A-Division skipper Brooks Reed and crew Ellie Hass, meanwhile, finished in 10th place, advancing a notch from Saturday. Tech’s top tandem shined best with first- and second-place marks in the second and eighth rounds, respectively.

Both divisions finished a slot above cross-town rival Harvard University, which ranked ninth overall.

Boston College won the event with a score of 107.

Rounding out the top five were St. Mary’s College, Connecticut College, Roger Williams University, and Tufts University.

In other action: The Engineers placed 14th out of 27 teams while hosting the Smith Trophy. Amid a mostly beautiful but shifty west to northwest breeze of 12-15 knots, freshmen standouts Philip Crain and Stephanie Tong finished seventh in the ‘A’ circuit, while Charlie Field and Jillian Reddy placed 16th in the ‘B’ group.

MIT finished 13th out of 16 entries at the Women’s Regis Bowl at Boston University.

The Cardinal and Gray ranked 13th among 18 teams at the Harvard Invite, with Toann Tran-Phu and Desiree Amadeo slotting seventh in the ‘A’ circuit.