Co-ed Sailors Take Second at Harvard's Wood Trophy Team Race

Florian Eenkema van Dijk skippered one of Tufts' dinghies

CAMBRIDGE – Tufts co-ed sailing finished second out of eight at the Wood Trophy team race hosted by Harvard Saturday and Sunday on the Charles River. The Jumbos lost a head-to-head tie-breaker to the host Crimson for the regatta win.

Both Tufts and Harvard finished with 12-5 records in three rounds of racing. However, the Crimson won two out of three head-to-head to earn first place. The competition between the two was tight, with both of Harvard's wins by one point before Tufts posted its victory by a three-point margin.

Two rounds of round-robin racing saw the Jumbos go 4-3 in the first round and 5-2 in the second round to earn a spot in the final four. Jumbo wins in the first round came against Brown, Cornell, Northeastern and Vermont. They lost to Fordham, Harvard and Rhode Island. For the second round, Tufts' five victories came against Brown, Cornell, Fordham, Northeastern and Rhode Island. Tufts' finishes of first, second and fourth against Cornell was their best race of the weekend. Harvard and Vermont gave the Jumbos their two second-round losses, both by one-point margins.

Into the final  four, Tufts won all three of its races against Harvard (9-12), Northeastern (9-12) and Cornell (8-13).

Junior Florian Eenkema van Dijk skippered with senior Emily Shanley-Roberts and freshman Bram Brakman alternating as crew in one Tufts dinghy. Junior skipper Jack Bitney with senior crew Lara Dienemann and junior skipper Cam Holley with junior crew Ian Morgan were the other two Tufts combinations.

The teams arrived on the Charles to beautiful conditions Saturday. Temperatures were in the high 30s and there was a stiff 5-15 knot breeze with regular puffs exceeding 20 knots. This made for exciting team racing conditions as there were several capsizes throughout the day and many close calls.

Sunday saw classic early spring-season weather for the second day of the Wood Trophy, with blue skies and 5-10 knot breezes shifting from West to North and then back. Despite the stolen hour of sleep, teams sailed a clean Sunday, with no protests despite a number of tight races.