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Sailing team finishes fifth at SUNY

By Drew Freides

The MIT varsity sailing team began the spring season at the State University of New York Maritime College this past weekend. The team showed its strength by finishing fifth in the first major spring intersectional regatta, with many top 20 teams present.

Sailing in A Division were Dale Hinman '93 and Rukiye Devres '93, who were consistently solid throughout the regatta. In B Division, Kyle Welch '90 and Miki Morizono '93 sailed incredibly, winning their division by eight points. Considering the caliber of competition, and that Welch and Morizono have only sailed together for about two weeks, this was a real accomplishment.

The fact that this regatta was sailed under conditions that the team was very unfamiliar with, makes the performances even more impressive. MIT had to borrow unfamiliar boats from SUNY. In addition, SUNY is located on the border of Long Island Sound and East River, which feature strong and unsteady currents.

Already both crews have proved their prowess and, given time, should be strong contenders. Steady improvement could be seen in the results of the regatta; the team began the in 10th place and slowly worked its way up to a fifth place finish.

This is just the beginning of the season for the sailing team. MIT will be hosting some of the most important regattas of the season including the Boston Dinghy Cup, the New England Dingy Championships, the New England Team Racing Championships, and the Collegiate National Championships in June. The MIT sailing team hopes to make a strong bid for the national championship, and appears to have its best chance in recent years of doing so.

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