|Senior Cam Holley was one of Tufts' three skippers in the Gold Round Robin on Sunday.|
CAMBRIDGE – The Tufts University co-ed sailing team earned a solid fifh-place finish out of 16 teams at the 38th Annual Lynn Marchiando Trophy team race hosted by MIT on Saturday and Sunday.
The Jumbos advanced out of the first round robin into the Gold Round Robin and finished with a 13-9 record overall.
Tufts won nine out of 15 contests in the first round robin. The victories came against Bowdoin, Brown, Coast Guard, Hobart-William Smith, MIT, Rhode Island, South Florida, Texas A&M Galveston and Yale. They had a perfect 1-2-3 finish against Bowdoin and MIT, and were first, second and fourth versus South Florida. The losses were to Boston College, Boston University, Connecticut College, Dartmouth, Harvard and Roger Williams.
One of eight teams to advance into the Gold bracket, while the bottom eight sailed in a Silver Round Robin, Tufts had a 4-3 record in the next round. They defeated Yale and Hobart-William Smith for the second time, as well Connecticut College and Boston College while losing to Harvard, Dartmouth and Roger Williams. The Jumbos had another perfect finish over Boston College, while they edged Hobart-William Smith with first, fourth and fifth finishes.
Skippering for Tufts were seniors Chris Keller, Jack Bitney, Cam Holley and Jackson McCoy as well as freshman Charlie Hibben. Seniors Ian Morgan and Sabrina Van Mell, junior Emma Clutterbuck, sophomores Juliana Testa and Maria Brush and freshman George Sidamon-Eristoff were the Tufts crews.
Saturday offered champagne conditions for team racing on the Charles River. An east wind at 5-8 knots gave way to a smoking southerly at 12-18 during the afternoon. After a few re-sailed races to start Sunday, the schools broke into a top 8 in FJs and a bottom 8 in Fireflies. The wind speed started around 15-18 knots and then built to 20-30 with gusts to 47.
Harvard prevailed after 176 races were completed with a record of 16 wins and only six losses. Boston College took second place and third went to Dartmouth as both teams had records of 15-7.
The New England Team Racing Championship is in New London, Connecticut next weekend.