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Varsity Sailing Team Wins Brandeis Bowl

By Ken Amano
Team Member

The varsity sailing team soundly defeated a 16-school field including number one ranked Tufts University, during the Brandeis Bowl Regatta on Sunday, Nov. 6.

The race was hosted by Brandeis University at the MIT Sailing Pavilion and was sailed in Tech Dinghies.

Led by Dan Nestor '96 with Stacey Wong '98 in the A division and Dave Hellmuth '98 with Marissa Martin '98 and Ken Amano '98 in the B division, the MIT sailors swept the competition by utilizing their strong sailing skills as well as their familiarity with the Charles River.

In light shifty winds that oscillated from southeast to northeast, MIT sailors were not only alert to the changing conditions of the Charles but used them to their advantage. By looking for, and taking advantage of occasional gusts of wind, the Engineers flew past nationally-ranked racers from Tufts, Boston University and Harvard University. Clean tacks and extensive knowledge of both the river and the boats enabled MIT to sail at peak performance.

MIT led the regatta with a score of 29, followed by Tufts with 35, and Salem State College with 37. BU finished fourth with 45 while Harvard ended with 62, in seventh place.

This final regatta for the varsity team prematurely ended during the fifth set of races due to a total lack of wind. However, MIT had already handily won and was also leading in the final race.