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Sailors Edge Harvard In Trophy Competition

By Daniel Nestor
Team Member

Tech sailors saw good things from both the varsity and freshmen squad over the past two weekends. The varsity squad competed in the Hatch Brown trophy at BU on the 16th and 17th, and at the Penobscot Bay Open at the Maine Maritime Academy in Castine, Maine this past weekend. The freshmen squad competed at MIT both weekends.

The varsity squad was plagued by inconsistency again at the Hatch Brown trophy, but had enough good races to finish 6th out of 13 teams in a tough fleet. MIT edged out Harvard by two points, 191 to 193.

Douglas S. De Couto '97 and Alan P. Au '97 sailed in A division while Daniel B. Nestor '96 and Sarah E. Webster '99 sailed in B. Nestor and Webster won the first race in B division of the regatta, giving Webster a "bullet" in her first ever varsity race.

Also sailing two weekends ago were Wilfredo I. Santos 96 with John E. Patterson '98 and David C. Hellmuth '98 with Amy E. Hanlon 97 at UNH on the 16th, and Santos in a single-handed national elimination event on the 18th. At UNH, MIT finished 4th out of nine also beating Harvard (6th). Santos had a slow start in the early morning light winds, but some great races in the ensuing twenty knot breeze and driving rain late in the afternoon.

In Castine, the varsity squad continued to see improvement, finishing a very strong 5th out of 13 teams, once again edging out Harvard who finished 6th. De Couto and Nestor, again sailing with Au and Webster, won many of their races in this close regatta. Very few points separated 2nd through 5th. The squad is currently preparing for the Danmark trophy at the Coast Guard Academy in Groton, Connecticut, at which many of the nation's best sailors will be competing.

Also at Castine, Danielle Ames '96 sailed a Shields sloop against five other teams, with crew-mates Andrew Mutch '98 trimming the mainsail, and Nilesh Reshamwala '96 and Patterson grinding the jib and manning fore deck. Good finishes were marred by a disqualification after a protest with the home team, leaving MIT in fourth place, squeaking by URI, who had trouble of their own when one of their crew members was arrested on the water by the state police.