|Cam Holley was one of five Jumbo skippers at the regatta|
NEW LONDON, Conn. – The Tufts University co-ed sailing team competed at the New England Team Race Championship this weekend hosted by Connecticut College. The Jumbos finished 11th out of 12 teams and did not earn a berth into the national championship.
Four teams from the New England Intercollegiate Sailing Association advanced from this event onto the Intercollegiate Sailing Association Team Racing Championships at Old Dominion in late May. New England champion Yale along with Roger Williams, Dartmouth and Boston College will represent the region.
In the round-robin racing at New England's, the Jumbos posted a 2-9 record. They had wins versus Brown and Coast Guard. The losses were against Boston College, Bowdoin, Boston University, Dartmouth, Connecticut College, Harvard, MIT, Roger Williams and Yale.
The Jumbos' best performance came against Coast Guard, where they earned the first, second and fifth finishes. Among the losses, a 1-4-6 showing against BU led to a narrow one-point defeat. The Jumbos were not one of the eight teams to move on to a second round.
Tufts used five skippers and five crews to try to find the best combinations for success during a difficult weekend. The skippers were all juniors – Florian Eenkema van Dijk, Jackson McCoy, Cam Holley, Jack Bitney and Chris Keller. Crewing were senior Emily Shanley-Roberts, sophomore Emily Calandrella, junior Ian Morgan, senior Lara Dienemann and senior Michelle Chisdak.
Saturday was a great opening day for the event. The breeze was from the Northwest at 4-8 knots until noon. When the ground heated up the race course got a heavy dose of Westerly Puffs. On day 2, the sailors arrived to a Northwest breeze at 8-10 knots. The wind was good until noon and then the race committee chased the breeze for the next few hours.
At the end of the round of eight, there was a three-way tie for fourth between Conn, Harvard and Boston College. The Eagles defeated the Camels and the Crimson head-to-head in the sail-off round to earn a berth into Nationals.