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Women Sailors Win Olympian Trophy

By Adam London
Team Member

This past weekend, the women's sailing team defended its title at the Olympians' Trophy, the New England Sloop Championship regatta. Sailing in J-22's (22-foot keel boats) at the Coast Guard Academy with three people, instead of the usual crew of four, Danielle Ames '96, Elaine Heal '95, and Patricia Schmidt '96 overcame some serious breakdowns on their boat to finish first, and capture the Trophy for the second year in a row.

The varsity team competed in two regattas this past weekend. Sailing on the Mystic Lake at Tufts University in the Hood Trophy regatta, one of the most important regattas of the fall season, Doug Decouto '97 and Lisa Collins '97 sailed together along with Al Svilan '95 and Heather Campbell '95. Considering that they competed against some of the best college sailors in the country, they all sailed very well. They did not win any races, but did not lose that many either.

The other varsity regatta was the Northern Series II at Dartmouth. Adam London '95 and John Feland '94 sailed one division, while Charlie Pan '95 and Eugene Lin '95 sailed the other. It was a very strange day for sailing, with the wind shifting constantly, both in speed and direction. Considering that it was the first regatta for both John and Eugene, MIT did reasonably well, placing ninth out of the 12 schools represented. Plus, they got to sail on a beautiful lake with clear water, something that doesn't happen very frequently here on the Charles River.