|Chris Keller was one of four Tufts skippers at the regatta|
CAMBRIDGE – The Tufts University co-ed sailing team finished 15th at the Lynn Marchiando Team Race Regatta hosted by MIT on the Charles River Saturday and Sunday.
Sailing for Tufts were skippers Florian Eenkema van Dijk, Jack Bitney, Cam Holley and Chris Keller, who are all juniors. The crews were senior Emily Shanley-Roberts, senior Lara Dienemann, junior Ian Morgan, senior Michelle Chisdak and freshman Lindsay Powers.
In the first round of racing, the Jumbos finished 3-12 against the other 15 opponents. The wins were versus Boston University, Connecticut College and Stanford. They had a first perfect finish of first, second and third place in the contest against Stanford.
The first-round Jumbo losses were against Boston College, Bowdoin, Brown, Charleston, Coast Guard, Dartmouth, Harvard, Hobart-William Smith, MIT, Roger Williams, South Florida and Yale. Tufts was defeated by a one-point margin by Roger Williams, as Tufts earned first, fourth and sixth among the six finishing spots.
Tufts was not one of the six teams to advance to the Gold final rounds. A Silver consolation round was started, but due to less than 80-percent of the races going unfinished the results were not counted.
Competitors worked their way through 102 races on Saturday. Tweaking buoys was required as an unstable northerly reluctantly gave it up to a westerly at 8-12 knots. Boston College stood on top of the standings with Yale, Stanford, and Harvard close behind them following one day.
On Sunday a West to Northwest breeze at 12-30 knots made for some very challenging competition for all sailors. After the first round of 120 races were finished the competitors were split into top 6 and bottom 10 with gold sailing in FJs and silver sailing in Fireflies.
Boston College (19-5) had an impressive victory against the best of the best in one of the toughest team race regattas of the season. Yale (18-6) fought hard to beat out Harvard and Bowdoin who were tied (14-10) right behind them.