Co-ed Sailing Finishes Eighth at 36th Annual Marchiando Team Racing Regatta

Senior Alex Tong was one of three Tufts skippers at the regatta

CAMBRIDGE - With the New England Team Racing Championship coming up this weekend (Apr. 8-9) at Tufts, teams had their final tune-up at the 36th Annual Lynn Marchiando Trophy hosted by MIT on the Charles River Saturday and Sunday. The Jumbos finished eighth of 16 teams.

Two eight-team gold and silver divisions competed in two rounds of separate head-to-head racing. Gold division teams would earn spots one through eight in the final team standings and silver teams would compete for ninth through 16th place.

The Jumbos went 3-4 in their first round robin races in the Gold division. They had wins over Yale, College of Charleston and Hobart-Wiliam Smith. They had a strong 1-2-4 finish against the Statesmen. The losses were against Dartmouth, Bowdoin, Boston College and Roger Williams. In the second round robin Tufts won just once, versus College of Charleston. They were defeated by Dartmouth, Yale, Bowdoin, Roger Williams, Hobart-Wiliam Smith and Boston College.

Tufts' 4-10 overall record was last in the Gold division and eighth overall as they lost a tie-breaker against Hobart-William Smith which was determined by the number of races won when the tied teams met. The Statesmen had two and Tufts had zero.

The Dartmouth Big Green sailed away from a very tough field only losing twice in the 14 races to win the regatta.

Tufts employed nine sailors at the event throughout the weekend. Tufts' first boat had senior skipper Griffin Rolander primarily with senior crew Emily Shanley-Roberts. Senior Liz Fletcher crewed three races with Rolander in the second round robin. Senior skipper Scott Barbano and sophomore crew Ian Morgan handled 13 of the 14 races together, with sophomore Florian Eenkema van Dijk crewing versus Yale in the second round robin. Senior skipper Alex Tong had junior crew Lara Dienemann for the entire first round and four second-round races, with junior Aaron Klein stepping in for three starts in the second round.

Saturday was a brutally cold day with snow, rain, icing and breeze out of the NE trending into the NNE. There was a late report time, but the teams still managed to get in 58 races during the afternoon. Clearing skies with a NNW breeze at 5-10 held most of the day on the Charles River for the final day of sailing on Sunday.

Tufts will host the Fowle Trophy representing the New England Team Racing Championship next Saturday and Sunday out of the Bacow Sailing Pavilion on Upper Mystic Lake.