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Sailing delivers solid peformances

By Drew Freides

and Kyle Welch

The MIT varsity sailing team is off to a strong start for the fall season, performing well in the past two weekends.

The major regatta of the weekend of Sept. 23-24 was the Hood Trophy, held at Tufts University. On the first day, the team of Dale Hinman '93, Brian Lie '93, and Mike Leary '91 competed in A division, while Warren Wu '90 and Kyle Welch '90 sailed in B division. After the first day, the Engineers were in third place out of 16 schools, many of which were ranked in the top 20 in the country.

The team slipped to sixth place, however, after the second day's racing. Helping out on the second day were Drew Freides '90 in A division and Michael Bowers '92 in B division. Conditions ranged from "survival conditions," in which huge puffs of wind sent boats crashing in all directions (seven boats were capsized simultaneously by one particularly rough blast), to extremely shifty and variable winds.

In other action from that week, MIT's sloop team qualified for the New England Championships, to be held next week. Their third place finish in the New England Sloop Qualifiers makes them a strong contender for the championships, and the team is high on their prospects for this event.

Sailing last weekend were Freides, Scott Davies '91, and Andreas Lewin '91, who nailed down third place out of eight teams in the gusty remnants of Hurricane Hugo. Wipeouts were common, and often the team who could remain vertical the longest ended up the victor. At one point, Lewin was nearly washed overboard as Freides attempted to full layout barrel roll at one of the mark roundings, while at another point, Davies had to duck for cover below decks during a particularly large gust.

Sailing on the Charles that Sunday, MIT sailed to a second place finish in the MIT Invitational behind the strong sailing of Lewin and Mike Binnard '92, who finished second in A division, and Davies and Teresa Woo '92, who came in first in B division.

Last weekend, the team continued to perform well at two minor regattas. On Saturday at Harvard, the team finished third in the Northern Series II, and on Sunday, the team traveled to the University of Rhode Island to take the invitational there. Sailing in A division were William Hall '91 and Shaun Kaneshiro '91, and in B division were Lewin and Bernard.

(Drew Freides '90 and Kyle Welch '90 are members of the MIT sailing team.)