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Sailors Place Well In Weekend Regattas

By Sheri Cheng and Alan Sun
team members

The freshman sailing team placed second in the New England Freshman Championships, held this past weekend at the MIT Sailing Pavilion.

Saturday started off windy and cold, with big wind shifts on the river. Skipper Sean Fabre '00 and crew Alan Sun '00 kicked off the regatta with two first-place finishes and a third.

In the fourth race, MIT was disqualified for kinetics - illegal movements intended to increase boat speed. Fabre and Sun finished up Saturday strong by ending the day in third. Connecticut College and Tufts University finished ahead of them by eight and six points, respectively.

On Sunday, Fabre and Sun started off slowly with 12th, but placed first in several races in a row after that. MIT did well the rest of the day to finish the regatta in second, losing to Connecticut by six points.

Tufts rounded out the top three. "If it wasn't for the DSQ in race four, we would have won the whole thing, but we still dominated with at least five firsts out of a 14-race regatta," Sun said.

Women's team affected by wind

The women's team sailed for the Reed Trophy at Radcliffe this past weekend, also for their New England Championships.

Plagued by the shifty wind conditions and stiff competition, skippers Jen Kelly '99 and Jessica Lackey '00, with respective crews Sheri Cheng '99 and Yoko Kusumoto '97, finished 12th overall in the regatta.

Other regattas during the weekend included a team-racing regatta at Tufts on Sunday, attended by skippers Drew Mutch '98, Rob Damus '99, and Juan Rodriguez '98, and respective crews Anna Michel '98, Danielle Adams '00, and Paul Konigsberg '98. MIT placed fifth out of the six teams attending.

Also, Boston College hosted a Rhodes 19 Invite at Courageous Sailing Center, where the team of Nick Hahn '99, Chris Stow '00, and Andrew Greytak '00 placed third out of five teams.