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Sailing Ends Season With Wins on Cape

By Conan Hom,
Iliana Fujimori,
and Jen Kelly
Team Members

The sailing team brought its season to a close by posting big home and away wins against the University of New Hampshire, Dartmouth University, and the Massachusetts Maritime Academy last weekend.

The races took place at MIT and UNH on Saturday and Dartmouth and Mass. Maritime on Sunday.

Mark Sapirie '96, Iliana Fujimori '96, Jeff Brock '98, and Lisa Collins '97 handed MITan overall first place finish on Saturday. The team left behind eight competitors, including Boston, Harvard, Salem State, Brown, and Northeastern Universities, Stone Hill and Wellesley Colleges, and the University of Rhode Island.

At Cape Cod's Senior Bowl, the team chalked up 14 wins in 16 races and came in second in the other two. Douglas De Couto '97, Sapirie, and Fujimori cruised their 420 boats to seven wins apiece to win MIT another regatta.

"We were a little rough at times, but as a whole, this has got to be our most successful weekend of the season," De Couto said.

In New Hampshire, Patricia Schmidt '96, Jen Kelly '99, Juan Rodriguez '98, and Nick Hahn '99 went up against the weather. While the breeze ranged from light to nonexistent, the fun really started when the rain began.

The race organizers was able to run three races in each division, which is the minimum number required for a regatta. MIT finished fourth out of the seven competing schools, just two points shy of the two schools that tied second place.

The Regis Bowl and New England Series at Dartmouth marked the last collegiate regatta for women's team Coach Hatch Brown. Schmidt, Sarah Webster '99, Kelly, and Sheri Cheng '99 sailed in the Regis Bowl for the team.

Danielle Ames '96, Freddy Santos '96 and Ned Patterson '98 sailed for the varsity team in the New England Series. Because of the small number of boats at reporting time, the competitors agreed to sail both divisions of both regattas together, but to keep the scoring separate.

The women's team A division finished third and the B division finished second out of four teams; the performance was enough to give the women third place overall.