|Sabrina Van Mell crewed for Tufts' A division dinghy.|
CAMBRIDGE – In the final weekend of the regular-season, Tufts co-ed sailing had a strong third place finish out of 15 teams in the Boston Dinghy Club Challenge Cup on Saturday and Sunday.
In the three-division competition, Tufts scored 60 in A's, 51 in B's and 50 in C's for a 161 total. They were 27 behind second-place Harvard (134) and 14 ahead of fourth-place Brown (175).
Freshman skipper Charlie Hibben with senior crew Sabrina Van Mell placed fifth in A division. They had a best finish of third place in the fifth start.
For B's, Tufts was sixth with senior Jack Bitney as skipper with sophomore Maria Brush as crew. They won the second and ninth races and were the runner-up in the opening race of the weekend.
A super puffy southerly breeze ranging from 8-22 knots was the conditions for Saturday. Sunday was sailed in a fickle breeze from the SE, ESE and SSE ranging in velocity from 2-5 knots. Several races were abandoned due to skewed beats or lack of wind.
The Boston University Terriers won this oldest dinghy regatta in collegiate sailing with a 41-38-41-120 scoring line.
Tufts competes at the New England Intercollegiate Sailing Association Championship in Maine next weekend.