Sailors Earn Top Spots Despite RainBy Lisa Collins
Braving continuous torrential downpour and blustering winds, the varsity sailing team traveled to Maine Maritime Academy in Castine, Maine, last weekend and sailed in two full days of races.
Ten inches of rain, 14 feet of tide, and four knots of strong current made for tortuous conditions. Despite the weather, the team sailed Lasers, dinghies, and keel boats in a total of 37 races and fared quite well.
Jeff Brock '97 sailed Saturday in the New England Singlehanded Eliminations. Brock finished in the top half amid fierce Laser competition.
Brock and Freddy "Alfredo" Santos '96 sailed Sunday in a Laser regatta plagued with light air. With a strong third place by Brock, MIT again finished in the top half.
Dinghy sailors Doug DeCouto '97 with Lisa Collins '97, and Vjekoslav Svilan '95 with Heather Campbell '95 battled top sailors from schools including Tufts University, the United States Coast Guard Academy, and Harvard University in the two-day regatta. Banging roll tacks and playing wind shifts brought the team up to sixth place out of 12.
The sloop team consisted of Drew "Leeward" Mutch '98, Jonas Slyvester '96, Frank Marcoline '95, Ned Patterson '98, and Santos. Battling a ferocious storm with winds up to 20 miles per hour on Saturday and quickly adjusting to a light breeze on Sunday, the sloop team managed a commendable bronze spot for the regatta.
The team will be using last weekend's success as a foundation as they prepare for this weekend's Danmark Trophy at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, the second biggest regatta of the year.