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Sailing team takes Owen Trophy

By Drew Freides

During the first weekend of spring break, the MIT varsity sailing team continued its streak of solid performances by winning the Owen Trophy on the Charles River at the Harvard Sailing Pavilion. The MIT team totally dominated the 13-school regatta from start to finish, winning by 29 points over the second place team, the Coast Guard Academy.

Dale Hinman '92 and Rukiye Devres '93 sailed impressively in A Division with the aid of Warren Wu '90 when it got windy, winning their division by two points with a last race victory.

In B Division, Drew Freides '90 sailed with Rema Woo '93 and Mike Leary '91 on Saturday, and Miki Morizono '93 and Mike again on Sunday. By sailing consistently and avoiding catastrophe, Drew, Rema, and Miki were able to sail away with B Division, winning by 15 points.

This was the first intersectional regatta -- involving schools from other districts, such as Navy and Princeton -- that the team has won in recent years.

Third place finish in

Boston Dinghy Cup

MIT was the site for what is probably the biggest regatta of the spring aside from the National Championships during the second weekend of spring break. The event was the Boston Dinghy Cup, one of the oldest college regattas. Just about every top 20-ranked school in the country sailed in the regatta, as well as a team from Moscow State University.

MIT welcomed the 19 visiting teams by getting off to a strong start, and spending most of Saturday in the lead. The team then faced a streak of bad luck, positioning themselves on the wrong side of some major windshifts. They soon found themselves in sixth place at the end of Saturday's racing, with Navy coming on strong to take the lead.

After Saturday's racing, the team got together and regrouped with the coaching of Skip Whyte, and Sunday morning they came out with a vengeance. Slowly, they began to make up the lost ground and at lunchtime found themselves in fourth place, trailing only Navy, University of California, Irvine, and Brown.

In the afternoon, the team moved into a solid third, and finished just three points out of second. MIT's strong performances served as a notice that the team is becoming a force, and should rocket up in the national rankings.

(Drew Freides '90 is a member of the MIT sailing team.)