PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The MIT sailing team showed some glimmers of hope, but overall it was a tough weekend in the waters for the Cardinal and Gray, which finished 18th out of as many teams at the Dellenbaugh Women's Trophy hosted by Brown University.
Competing for the Engineers were skippers Jamie Curran and Katie Gullick and crew Claire DeRosa, Rachel Licht, and Jillian Reddy. The 'A' team of Curran, DeRosa, and Licht had a solid sixth place finish in the sixth race of 14 rounds. The 'B' group of Gullick, Licht, and Reddy started strong with a first-place mark in the opening race, before garnering third in the ninth tilt. Both circuits otherwise fell on mostly hard times.
On Saturday, swift southerly winds of 10-18 knots and big waves cut through lots of current amid debris from last week's rain. Sunday met with a nice southerly breeze of 5-10 knots. All rounds were raced on windward/leeward courses with the sun beaming amid temperatures reaching 70 degrees.
Boston College won the event with a score of 149, as Brown finished a close second at 154. Rounding out the top five were St. Mary's College (168), University of Charleston (194), and Harvard University (202).
Meanwhile, MIT was in a heated battle for eighth place with Eckerd College at the 10-team Ferrarone Team Race at Roger Williams University. Both teams finished with 7-11 records, with the tie-breaker yet to have been hashed out on the score charts. Boston University won the event with a 19-2 ledger, followed by University of Charleston at 14-7. Rounding out the field were University of Rhode Island (13-8) Roger Williams (11-10), Tufts University (10-9), Brown (8-11), Dartmouth College (8-10), and Northwestern University (0-18).
MIT will compete at the Marchiando/Friis Trophy at Tufts University next weekend.