October 20, 2008

Sailors Finish a Dominant Second at BU Invite

Oct. 19, 2008

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Amid a wild day along the Charles River featuring 15 capsizes and two aborted mainsails, the MIT sailing team battled shifting northeast winds at 8-18 knots to finish second overall and first in A-Division out of 17 teams at the Boston University Invite this past weekend.

Freshman standout skipper Philip Crain and fellow rookie star Stephanie Tong finished in first place in five of the six rounds, while slotting second in the other, as the Engineers placed atop the board among the ‘A’ circuit.

Crain’s effort followed that of last week’s dominant outing in which he slotted ninth out of 33 entries at the Men’s Singlehanded Championships at Yale University.

Freshman skipper Regula Granger and junior crew Leigh Casadaban placed a strong fifth in the ‘B’ group, while ranking first twice.

Boston University won the event with a score of 29. MIT followed with a 39, while its closest challengers – rivals Tufts University and Northeastern University – finished 37 points behind the Engineers in third and fourth place, respectively.

The Engineers also finished 13th out of 19 teams at the Women’s Regatta at Yale University.

MIT will host the Oberg Trophy next weekend.