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Men's sailing strong at Bag-A-Deuce

By Drew Freides

The MIT varsity sailing team began its 1989-90 season with a solid performance this past weekend at the Bag-A-Deuce Regatta. The regatta, held at Maine Maritime Academy in Castine, ME, featured five different divisions -- two laser, two 420, and one Shields division.

The winds for the series were very light and shifty, with a strong current playing havoc on the fleet throughout. The dinghies (420's and lasers) sailed, for the most part, in a uniform current with either one side of the course or the other paying off, due to the small lengths of their races.

The Shields, which are much larger (30 feet) sailed much longer courses and were faced with variable currents that proved to be the deciding factor in most, if not all, the races. More than once, the MIT sailors were prepared to drop anchor in the Shields to prevent themselves from losing ground in the strong current. At times the wind dropped to nothing and the only excitement was the occasional sighting of a seal or two.

In the Laser A division, Dale Hinman '90 finished fourth out of twelve sailors, while Wil Gorgen '91 placed third in B division. Their combined finishes resulted in a third place finish in the lasers for MIT.

In the 420 Division, MIT sailed to an overall tie for fourth place with Boston University. Kyle Welch '90 and Warren Wu '90 sailed A division, while Mike Bowers '92 and Mike Leary '91 sailed to an impressive second place finish in the strong B division.

On the Shields course, MIT outsailed five other schools to capture top honors. The crew of Drew Freides '90, Andreas Lewin '91, Scott Davies '91, and Bill Hall '91 were tied for the lead after the first day of the regatta but were able to win the two races on Sunday to clinch their division.

(Drew Freides '90 is captain of the varsity sailing team.)