Crain Plows Through to Ninth at New England Singlehanded Championships

Oct. 15, 2008

NEW LONDON, Conn. - Representing MIT at the New England Men's Singlehanded Championships, freshman phenom Philip Crain finished an amazing ninth out of 33 entries at the two day event hosted by Yale University.

After an average start in which he ranked 16th in the opening round, Crain poured it on, placing fourth, seventh, and ninth in the next three jousts. Overall, the Cardinal and Gray standout registered eight top 10 finishes among the 11 races.

Junior Charlie Field also sailed for the Engineers.

On Saturday, the fleet was sent out amid a fading northerly wind which evaporated by the time the participants hit the starting area. By late morning, a light easterly breeze held enough to finish the first race. The following rounds saw a current steadily shift right to the southwest and holding at around 7-8 knots.

Winds consistently built to a southwesterly eight knots on Sunday. All races were completed on windward/leeward twice around courses.

Among the other New England teams competing were rivals Harvard University, Tufts University, Boston University, and event winner Brown University.