|Ian Morgan was one of Tufts' three crews|
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Travelling to the US Navy Academy for the first major team race of the spring season, the Tufts co-ed sailing team placed 11th out of 16 at the Graham Hall Team Race on Saturday and Sunday.
The Jumbos posted a 5-10 record in the opening round and were not one of the six teams to advance to the Gold Round (final). Tufts lost a tie-breaker against the US Merchant Marine Academy - which also had a 5-10 record - for 10th place. Roger Williams University won the regatta with a 17-3 overall mark.
Tufts' wins came against New York Maritime, Fordham, Cornell, Penn and Virgina. The Jumbos took the 1-2-3 finishing positions against Virginia. They also had convincing victories over Penn and Cornell, finishing 1-2-4 in both.
The Jumbos' losses were versus Georgetown, Hobart-William Smith, Navy, George Washington, St. Mary's (Md.), Old Dominion, Kings Point, Roger Williams, College of Charleston and Yale. The tightest of those was the St. Mary's race, where Tufts' second-, third- and sixth-place finishes resulted in a one-point loss.
Sailing for Tufts was junior skipper Cam Holley with junior crew Ian Morgan, junior skipper Jack Bitney with senior crew Lara Dienemann and junior skipper Florian Eenkema van Dijk with senior crew Emily Shanley-Roberts.
Day one of the 2018 Graham Hall Team Race on Saturday brought another weekend of wacky westerly breezes on the Severn River. A total of 93 races were sailed in light and shifty conditions. Day two began with a nine-knot Northwesterly coming straight down the river. Conditions were beautiful and sunny allowing the race committee to complete the initial round robin of 16 with ease. A Gold 6, Silver 6, Bronze 4 was intended, but the wind began to dance circles around the river making the three rounds impossible to complete. Silver and Bronze were abandoned, and Gold was able to be completed just before the cutoff time.