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Sailing teams end season

By Mike Binnard

The men's varsity sailing team wrapped up the 1990-91 season with a fifth-place finish at the New England Team Race Eliminations, held at the Coast Guard Academy in late May.

The season had several high points for the varsity team. Skippers Andreas "Leeward" Lewin '91, Bill Hall '91 and Mike Bowers '92 won the Greater Boston Area Dinghy Championship. The team also had good showings at the New England and Atlantic Coast Championships. The team was ranked 17th in the nation.

Last fall's sloop team (Scott Davie '91, Mike Binnard '92, Daniel Alvarez '93 and Lewin) finished fifth in New England. The four sailed well in heavy winds, but had less luck in light conditions.

The women's team also had a good year. Paula Lewin '93 (Andreas' sister) and Gina Middaugh '93 won their division at the fall New England Championship. This was also the first year the MIT women's team, which, like the men's team, was ranked 17th nationally, has qualified for the Atlantic Coast Championship.

Andreas and Paula Lewin were named MVPs of the varsity men's and women's teams, respectively. Binnard was voted outstanding crew, and Davie was most improved.

Looking towards next year, varsity coach Skip Whyte said, "It'll be hard." But he thinks the team has the potential to make another good showing.

(Mike Binnard '92 is a member of the varsity sailing team.)