Tech Can't Reach Great Heights in Hoyt

Oct. 23, 2005

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Mike Stoller

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Failing to finish in the top 10 in all but eight of the combined 26 races, the MIT sailing team placed a paltry 13th among 18 entries, this past weekend in the Hoyt Trophy Regatta. The A-Division team of Jack Field and Wyman Li did show some life, as Tech's reliable duo secured five of the team's top-10 slots in comparison with B-Division's three. Field and Li even placed atop the board in the seventh round, upending event winner Boston College.

Hosted by Brown University, the sailors battled a damp, rainy Saturday with a light easterly breeze of 4-6 knots, while Sunday produced cold conditions but no rain and a much better breeze from the northwest at 8-16 knots. Races were particularly long the first day due to strong currents from the rain, while Sunday's very shifty up-and-down pressure rendered some tight rounds and many lead changes.

Tech's A-Division finished 10th, while B-Division placed 15th. Even so, the Cardinal and Gray still managed to edge out Division I foe Boston University, which ranked 14th overall.

MIT will host the Erwin Schell Trophy next weekend in Cambridge.