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Sailing finishes with 5th at Atlantic Coast races

By Drew Freides

The MIT varsity sailing team ended their fall season with the strongest showing that the team has seen in recent years. They finished fifth out of 14 teams in the very competitive Atlantic Coast Championships, just about every team was ranked in the top twenty, held Nov. 11-12 here at MIT. This should all but guarantee them their highest national ranking for the past five years.

After the first day, MIT was in second place after a very strong performance by Dale Hinman '90 and Warren Wu '90 in A Division, and a solid performance by Drew Freides G and Mike Leary '91 in B Division. At the end of the first day, Freides was feeling ill, and was relieved by Kyle Welch '90 who sailed impressively to keep the team near the top.

Sunday brought unusually windy conditions on the Charles, and forced the regatta to be sailed only in Techs, with small sails. This was a combination that the MIT team was unprepared for, and caused the team to lose their home field advantage. After being frustrated by the predicament, MIT faltered and finished in what they felt was a disappointing fifth. Even though the team felt disappointed, it was by far their best performance in recent memory. Also sailing for the team were Mike Bowers '92, Bill Hall '91, and Brian Lu '91.

The MIT team has improved greatly under the leadership of Hatch Brown and now Skip Whyte. Even more success is predicted for the spring, when MIT is to host the Intercollegiate Yacht Racing Association's National Championships. The team is committed to becoming a force in the National Championships.

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