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Sailors Host Rhodes 19 Regattas; In Shifty Winds, Team Places 2nd

By Sheri Cheng
Team Member

MIT sailors competed and finished well at four regattas this weekend. Light and shifty winds demanded smarter sailing in all races.

MIT hosted two Rhodes 19 regattas this past weekend, one on Saturday and one on Sunday.

Saturday morning started off slowly as a weak and variable northerly oscillated from east to west and filled in sporadically. A strong morning was tarnished by a drop from first to fourth, and the team was three points behind Boston University in overall standings at the end of the day. MIT was second out of five teams.

Sunday dawned with even less wind, and the first race started about 11 a.m., with light and frustrating conditions. Through good teamwork and boathandling, MIT cranked in a lead and finished in first place. After another fourth place drop, solid roll tacks and good boatspeed through the light spots enabled MIT to score two more wins. "We won by almost a leg in the final race," said Drew Mutch '98. MIT placed solidly in first on Sunday.

The women sailed on Saturday at the President's Trophy regatta, held at BU. Initially, the wind was shifty and patchy, making it difficult for the one-man race committee to set a reasonable course. Jen Kelly '99 and Anna Michel '98 sailed A-division and Jessica Lackey '00 and Carla Pellicano '01 sailed B-division. Both divisions sailed smart, always looking for puffs upwind and downwind.

MIT placed a very close second. The women tied for first-place point-wise, but they only scored three first place finishes total. UNH scored a total of four.

Wellesley hosted an invite at MIT on Sunday. Minh Thai '00 and Ian McCreery '01 sailed A-division and Sasha Bouis '99 and Susanna Mierau '00 sailed B-division. Bouis and Mierau scored three "bullets" (first place finishes) in their three races, occasionally even finishing in front of A-division boats from other schools. MIT had a solid first place finish at the regatta out of 12 schools there.