|Chris Keller skippered Tufts to a fifth in C division|
ENFIELD, NH - Led by a fifth-place effort from the C division squad, the Tufts University co-ed sailing team placed eighth overall at the Captain Hurst Bowl hosted by Dartmouth College on Saturday and Sunday.
Due to no wind on Saturday, 96-percent of the action took place on Sunday. Overall, nine races were held in each of three divisions. Tufts scored 75 in A's, 79 in B's and 56 in C's for a 210 total. They were 12 behind seventh-place Harvard (198) and 30 in front of ninth-place Bowdoin (240). Yale won the regatta with a 57-30-47-134 scoring line.
The Tufts A team was eighth in their division. Junior Cam Holley skippered with junior All-American Ian Morgan as crew. They posted a second-place finish in the sixth race and were third in the first start. Tufts lost a head-to-head tie-breaker versus Harvard for seventh place in the division.
In B's, junior Jackson McCoy skippered with crews Emily Calandrella and Sabrina Van Mell. Calandrella, a sophomore, was on board for the first through sixth and ninth races. She and McCoy won the fifth B division race. Van Mell, a junior, crewed for the seventh and eighth starts in B's.
Saturday was a banner day for everything except sailing as a very light West-Northwest breeze allowed for only one very dodgy C division race. After multiple attempts, and several trips back and forth from the docks, racing was abandoned for the day at 4:30. What a difference a day made on Sunday. The teams launched into a 9:30 a.m. first warning for race 1B, and overall 26 races were completed in a Southerly with hits of Southeast and Southwest, with velocity ranging from five knots to 17 knots.