Comeback Kids Rally MIT to Finish 11th at Atlantic Coast Championships

Nov. 13, 2007

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The MIT sailors recovered from a 14th-place slot on Saturday to finish 11th overall at the Coed Atlantic Coast Championships this past weekend. Tech's remarkable effort on Sunday enabled the Engineers to close another super fall season on a high note at Eckerd College.

With sunny skies beaming down on the 18 entries, the Cardinal and Gray took to the perfect second day conditions, with winds starting light and building to a steady east-to-northeast breeze of 8-12 knots.

A-team skipper Jack Field and crew Julie Arsenault fiercely dug MIT out of a hole by finishing second, ninth, and seventh in rounds 10, 11, and 12, respectively. Overall, five rounds were raced on Sunday, with MIT's top duo finishing 10th and 11th in the other two.

The `A' team's second best ranking was a fifth-place mark in the third round when Field teamed with Ellie Hass on Saturday. But the Engineers couldn't crack the top 10 in the other seven first-day jousts.

Hass, meanwhile, made her mark as crew in the `B' circuit, teaming with strong skipper Brooks Reed to finish with two crucial top-five placements during Sunday's late rounds. While the lower group didn't fare as well on Saturday, Reed and Karlen Ruleman finished atop the board in the third race.

Boston College won the title with a score of 180.

MIT will resume action in the Sharpe Trophy on March 1 in Providence, R.I.