Nov. 14, 2004
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - A year after earning a seventh-place finish in the east coast's premier Fall event, the MIT sailing team moved up a spot and secured sixth overall at the 33rd Atlantic Coast Dinghy Championship. The Engineers were even sharper in A division, but couldn't muster enough skill to offset the Bears of Brown University, who took first-place honors at the event.
After shoveling snow out of the boats caused by Friday's winter storm, Saturday's conditions offered little wind, but plenty of cold weather. During lunch on the first day, Stu Nelson was inducted into the Sailing Hall of Fame and Phil Harmon received the Lifetime Service Award for Intercollegiate Sailing Association.
Sunday featured much better sailing conditions, and a strong finish by MIT. The Engineers were once again led by JM Modisette, who skippered Tech's A division to five top-five finishes and fourth-place overall in the team standings. Sophomore Cha-ling O'Connell was on board with Modisette for all 18 races. In B division, freshman Jack Field got the nod as skipper along with crew Wyman Li.
Brown University had a great performance and won this weekend's championship with relative ease. The battle for second was more interesting as Harvard's balanced attack outdueled Yale's top-heavy lineup, which crushed the entire field in A division. Hobart/William Smith Colleges and Dartmouth College rounded out the top five.