NEWPORT, R.I. – Tufts University advanced to the Gill College Sailing Co-ed Nationals after finishing sixth in the semifinals on Wednesday. The Jumbos will be one of 18 teams competing in the finals which start Thursday.
Tufts qualified for the finals by placing sixth in the Gill Co-ed Eastern semifinals, which were contested on Tuesday and Wednesday. The top nine teams from Eastern and Western semifinals advanced to the finals regatta.
The Jumbos moved up from ninth place on Tuesday to sixth place after Wednesday's racing. For 14 races overall on the two days, they compiled finishes totaling to 105 in A division and 87 in B's for a 192 final. They were four back of fifth-place Navy (188) and 16 in front of seventh-place Dartmouth (209).
Tufts' A division dinghy got off to a great start on Wednesday, winning the first two races. They later added a second and a fifth and finished sixth in the division overall. Sailing for Tufts on Wednesday were senior skipper Cam Holley with senior crew Ian Morgan.
For B division, the Jumbos finished strong with second-place scoring in the final two races. They placed fifth overall in the division. Competing for Tufts in Wednesday's B races were senior skipper Jackson McCoy with junior crew Emma Clutterbuck.
The other teams advancing out of the Eastern semis with Tufts were Stanford, which won the semifinal competition at 97-60-157 scoring, Brown, St. Mary's (Md.), Boston University, Navy, Dartmouth, Bowdoin and Jacksonville. Qualifying from the Western semis were Hobart and William Smith (36-66-102), Yale, Boston College, College of Charleston, Georgetown, Connecticut College, Coast Guard, Old Dominion and UC Santa Barbara.
Thursday will be the first of two days of racing at the Gill College Sailing Co-ed Nationals scheduled to start at 10 am.
All national championship action is being held at Sail Newport, New England's largest public sailing center located inside Fort Adams State Park in Newport, Rhode Island.