HAPRSWELL, Maine – A pair of juniors and a pair of seniors represented the MIT women's sailing team last weekend, sailing to a 12th place finish at the Reed Trophy. Fourteen schools travelled to Maine to contest Women's New England Championships hosted by Bowdoin College, with the top 7 earning berths to Nationals.
Senior Jamie Curran and junior Jacqueline Soegaard took control of the B-Division boat and finished 11th in their Division on 74 points After taking their best finish, a sixth place showing, in the second race, Curran and Soegaard finished the event strong, taking two eighth places and a seventh place in the last of the eight heats.
Katii Gullick and Jillian Reddy took 12th place in the A-Division after totalling 81 points overall. Gullick and Reddy also finished the event strong, with an 8th place finish in the last race, to go along with three ninth place finishes.
Saturday was a long, cold, and windy day at Bethel Point. Sailors, coaches, and the RC were pelted by driving rain, sleet, and some snow all day. The breeze started out of the South at 20 knots with nice waves and gradually shifted to the SE as the day progressed, ranging from 8-16 knots. 8 races were completed in each division.
Sunday brought sunshine at Bethel Point, and 2 races were sailed in A division in 2-5kts, before the breeze disappeared. Some rain showers moved through, but no more breeze came with them. Competitors waited until after 4pm, at which point the regatta was reluctantly called. Races 9A and 10A were dropped for lack of a matching B set.
Boston College won the event, beating out Connecticut College by two points. Brown University took third, while Yale, Harvard, URI and Coast Guard Academy also qualified for Nationals.