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Sailing Team Has Busy Weekend

By Elaine Heal
Team Member

The second weekend of sailing regattas kept MIT sailors busy in regattas at the Institute and at Boston, Tufts, and Harvard universities.

MIT sailors sailed through varying conditions, from almost no wind to overpowering wind. On the Charles River and Tufts' Mystic Lake, they displayed their ability to do well in any conditions.

On Saturday Harvard hosted the Northern Series in larks and interclubs. Although MIT doesn't often get a chance to practice in interclubs, Al Svilan '95, Heather Campbell '95, Doug DeCouto '97, and Anna Chwang '95 finished in sixth place.

Up the river, Rich Downey '94, Iliana Fujimori '96, Adam London '95, and Mark Sapirie '96, showed off their talents at BU by finishing in fourth place.

The sloop team sailed in its first regatta ever: the sloop eliminators at MIT. The wind was light and sporadic, but Freddy Santos '96, Victor Preciado '96, and Charlie Pan '95 rose to the occasion. They worked their way up to second place in the last race before it was canceled because of lack of wind.

Also at MIT on Saturday was the woman's New England single-handed championships. Thirty-four women from New England sailed in the qualifying round on Saturday, but only the top sixteen went on to the finals on Sunday. The three skippers representing MIT, Patricia Schmidt '95, Elaine Heal '95, and Amanda Ames '95 all qualified for the final round. Sunday proved to be an exciting day with strong winds and huge wind shifts. After a long, tiring day Ames ended up fifth.

Meanwhile, at Tufts, Dan Nestor '95, Matt Van Eman '97, Frank Marcoline '94, and Carrie Morton '95 battled the wind in an invitational. It was so windy that something broke on almost every boat.

De Couto, Jonas Klein '97, Jeff Brock '97, and Alan Au '97 sailed well at Harvard in their first freshman regatta of the season.