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Varsity sailing starts season with a pair of solid showings

By Isako Hoshino

The MIT sailing team started its cold spring season with very hot finishes.

On the weekend of March 24-25, the varsity sailors placed fourth out of 16 schools at the Boston Dinghy Cup Championships, hosted by Harvard University. This was one of the strongest finishes MIT varsity sailing has had in recent years against nationally top-ranked schools. The A division was started off by Kyle Welch '90, crewed by Warren K. Wu '90, and later Doug Sabin '89 took Welch's place to help the Engineers to their fourth-place finish.

The B squad finished third in their division, skippered by Drew Freides '90 and later by Dale Hinman '90, both crewed by Isako Hoshino '89. Freides started the regatta and maintained the top third position throughout the first and most of the second day, until Hinman succeeded him and secured the position with an incredible sequence of second-first-first place finishes in the final three races.

On the weekend of April 1-2, the women's sailing team placed third out of 13 schools, also competing with the nationally ranked teams. The A division was skippered by Chris Kronich '89 and crewed by Hoshino, securing fifth place, only a few points behind the winning team. The B squad, skippered by Jane Williamson '91 and crewed by Alina Koos '90 on Saturday, and Monique Lawrence '92 on Sunday, placed third in their division, contributing significantly to the team's excellent finish.

On the same weekend, MIT varsity sailed at the Northern Series I, also held at MIT on Saturday, placing second out of 13 schools. The A division was sailed by Welch and Wu, while the B division was sailed by Mike Bowers '92 and Lawrence.

(Isako Hoshino '89 is captain of the MIT varsity sailing team.)