Sailing Second Team Strong at Oberg Trophy with Runner-Up Finish

Florian Eenkema Van Dijk skippered some of the B division starts

BOSTON - The starters from the Tufts co-ed sailing team took the weekend off, but the second team represented the Jumbos well with a second-place finish out of 17 teams at the 74th Annual Oberg Trophy held on the Charles River Saturday and Sunday.

Over 12 races in each of three divisions, the Jumbos compiled scores of 101, 70 and 69 for a 240 team final. They were 36 behind first-place Roger Williams (204). Tufts edged Yale (244) for second place by four points.

The Jumbo B team led the day by placing second in their division. Four sailors produced the effort as sophomore Jack Bitney skippered the first through eighth races and classmate Florian Eenkema Van Dijk took over for the ninth through 12th. Senior Natalie Danziger crewed for Bitney and senior crew Sam Gates was with Van Dijk. Bitney and Danziger were impressive with firsts in the first, second, fifth and sixth races. Van Dijk and Gates were second in the 11th start.

Tufts was third in C division, just one point behind second-place Brown. The Jumbos also utilized four sailors here with the skippering done by freshmen Christopher Keller (first through ninth) and Cameron Holley (10th through 12th). Freshman Taylor Hart crewed the first through eighth races, freshman Charlotte Lenz was on board for the ninth race, and Keller finished up in the 10th through 12th.  Jumbo wins came in the fourth, fifth and 12 races in C division.

The Tufts A team was eighth including a pair of runner-up finishes in the fifth and 12th starts. Senior Sandy Beatty skippered with senior Caroline Ambros crewing the first through eighth races. Junior Julia Guiot joined Beatty for the ninth through 12th.

The conditions were sporadic Saturday on the Charles. A light breeze in the morning filled into a brisk westerly at 5 knots and building until the end of the day, with occasional rain squalls dampening the mood. Sunday brought clear skies and heavy winds to the Charles, with winds WNW at 15mph gusting into the high 20s.