Oct. 30, 2006
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Host MIT, which placed No. 9 in the Sailing World national rankings last week, posted a stunning fifth-place mark out of 18 entries at the Erwin Schell Trophy this past weekend. The Engineers, who have already qualified for the Atlantic Coast Dinghy Championship in two weeks, polished off their sixth consecutive outing in which they have finished in the top five.
Battling overpowering winds in their storm-protected boats, A-Division skipper Jack Field and crews Chuck Head and Julie Arsenault finished second, fourth, and sixth among the five rounds raced in Sunday's rugged weather. Remaining unfazed in daunting conditions, the trio rose five slots from Saturday's strong performance to finish second in the higher circuit.
In B-Division, skipper Brooks Reed and crew Sylvia Yang steered the Cardinal and Gray to seven top-five marks to finish a dominant second on Saturday. On Sunday, Reed teamed with Head and Ben Stewart as the lower circuit took a slight dip but still managed to finish a solid fifth in its group.
Among the teams participating in the event were Tufts University, Boston University, second-place finisher Harvard University, and overall winner Roger Williams University.
The Engineers finished 11th out of 17 teams at the Women's Victorian Coffee Urn. Navy won the two-day event hosted by Harvard.
MIT will participate in the Rhode Island Championship in Providence next weekend.