Sailing | Elis finish second at MIT

Variable winds did not stop the sailing team this weekend as they raced in three regattas across the New England region.

The Bulldogs placed second in the Hatch Brown Trophy Intersectional at MIT, which, with a field of 18 teams, is one of the largest events of the season.

Three divisions of races were held on the Charles River in FJs at the Intersectional. In the A division, captain Thomas Barrows ’10 and crew Blair Belling ’11 totaled 86 points for a fourth-place finish. In seven of their 12 heats, Barrows and Belling placed in the top five boats.

Jane Macky ’09 and Maria Menninger ’10 placed eighth in the B Division. They scored 102 points and won the final race of the regatta Sunday.

Joseph Morris ’12 and Grace Becton ’09 won two heats and finished second three times in individual heats. Morris and Becton placed third in the C Division with 69 points.

The Elis scored 257 points, but Boston College beat them to first place with an impressive 155 points. This was the first time the Bulldogs have not finished first at the Hatch Brown Invitational since 2004.

“It was really light, really shifty winds,” Becton said. “It was a big regatta and good competition.”

Despite expressing disappointment at not snatching first place, Becton said she believes that Boston College’s victory was well deserved.

The Bulldogs also raced FJs at the Lake Champlain Open in Burlington, Vt., over the weekend. In the A division, Cameron Cullman ’12 and Adriane Levin ’09 placed third with 54 points. In the B division, Rebecca Jackson ’10 and Caleb Dorfman ’09 finished in fifth place. The Bulldogs came in fourth overall with a score of 124. Connecticut College took first place with 72 points overall. In Vermont, Saturday was characterized by strong winds of 12-20 knots. The weather conditions made for excellent sailing Saturday, but did not last until the tournament’s end on Sunday.

At the Southern Series Two Regatta in Newport, R.I., — the third regatta of the weekend — the Bulldogs placed ninth overall with 53 points. The event, hosted by Salve Regina, was plagued by poor sailing conditions. Andrew Kuzrok ’11 said that the conditions frustrated the sailors.

“It was really, really difficult there because there was no wind and lots of strong currents,” Kurzrok said.

Racing 420s, Kurzrok and Genoa Warner ’12 placed ninth with 29 points in the A division. John Vrolyk ’10 and Ryan Lowe ’10 finished in ninth place with 24 points in the B division. Despite tough conditions, Kurzrok said the Elis learnt a lot from the experience. Yale came in ninth overall in R.I.

Despite changing weather, the Bulldogs completed a successful weekend of sailing. Next Saturday and Sunday will see the Elis back on the water at the Loder Trophy at New Hampshire, the Hood Trophy at Tufts, and an Invite and Team Racing Series at Boston College.

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