|Senior skipper Scott Barbano led Tufts to a second-place finish in B division|
CAMBRIDGE - The Tufts University co-ed sailing team finished its fall season with a strong second-place showing at the 43rd Annual Atlantic Coast Championship hosted by MIT on Saturday and Sunday.
The Jumbos were second in B division with a 126 score and third in A's with a 130 score for a 256 final. That total was 11 behind host and regatta champion MIT's 245 score. The Jumbos were 11 in front of third-place College of Charleston (267).
A total of 18 races were sailed in each division. Tufts was fourth after Saturday's 10 races, then made a push on Sunday and moved up two spots during the day's eight races.
The Tufts pair of senior skipper Scott Barbano with sophomore crew Ian Morgan scored just three behind B-division winner MIT. Tufts won the fifth and 17th races and had second-place finishes in the eighth and 13th starts.
A Northwest breeze at 5-12 knots eventually backed left towards the west as Saturday went on. Vertical mixing of the air masses was challenging for the competitors on the Charles River. Warmer temps with abundant sunshine brought more comfortable conditions in a 5-11 knot westerly on the Charles Sunday.
Head coach Ken Legler's Tufts team will resume its competitive season in the spring.