Co-ed Sailing Receives National Semifinal Berth After Placing 7th in New England

Junior Emma Clutterbuck crewed in B division for the Jumbos.

HARPSWELL, Maine – The Tufts University co-ed sailing team earned a berth into the 2019 Intercollegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) national semifinals by placing seventh at the New England Intercollegiate Sailing Association (NEISA) Championships hosted by Bowdoin College on Saturday and Sunday.

The top nine finishers from New England advance to the ICSA semifinals which will run May 28-29 in Newport, Rhode Island. Qualifying teams joining the Jumbos from the region include New England champion Yale (53-69-122), Bowdoin, Dartmouth, Boston University, Boston College, Brown, Coast Guard and Connecticut College.

For 14 races in two divisions, Tufts compiled finishes totaling to 105 in A's and 110 in B's for a 215 total. They tied with Coast Guard (104-111-215), but won the head-to-head tie-breaker against the Bears to take seventh. Both teams were comfortably ahead of Connecticut College (129-107-236), the ninth and final team to earn a national semifinal berth.

The Jumbos were sixth in A division where senior Cam Holley skippered and classmate Ian Morgan crewed. Tufts was the runner-up in the first and fifth starts and placed third in the eighth race. The Tufts A team only had four finishes of 10th or worse.

In B's senior skipper Jackson McCoy with junior crew Emma Clutterbuck (races 1-4, 7-8) and freshman crew George Sidamon-Eristoff (5-6, 9-10) were seventh in the division. They were the runner-up in the ninth start and third in the 11th. They also had just four finishes beyond 10th.

After missing qualifing for the national semifinals last year, the Jumbos will return to the national championshp scene in May. Their seventh place finish in New England is the the team's best since they were sixth in 2016. 

On Saturday the drizzle stuck around for the entirety of the day paired with a pleasant 45 degree chill. The teams saw big tides causing current on the race course where a WSW breeze at 6-18 knots powered 10 races in each division.

There was a slow start to a sunny Sunday. The 11A and 11 B were completed in a light and volatile WSW breeze. After a short break on land, the sea breeze finally filled where three additional races were completed right before the 3 pm deadline. The current made for challenging racing and course management.

The regatta featured close racing, but Yale remained solid all weekend with wins in both A and B divisions.