|Juliana Testa was one of Tufts' three crews at the championship event.|
NEW LONDON, CONN. – The Tufts University co-ed sailing team finished ninth out of 12 teams at the 2019 New England Intercolegiate Sailing Association (NEISA) Team Racing Championship hosted by Connecticut College on the Thames River Saturday and Sunday.
The top four teams advanced to the Intercollegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) Team Racing Nationals coming up May 25-27 in Newport, Rhode Island. The Jumbos did not qualify for the national championship.
In the 12-team round robin to start the competition, the top eight would advance to the second round. The Jumbos missed out by one place with their 5-6 record in the first round. Connecticut College, MIT and Roger Williams all finished with 6-5 marks one ahead of Tufts.
Tufts' wins came against Boston University, Dartmouth, Connecticut College, Rhode Island and MIT. Dartmouth, Connecticut College and MIT were among the eight teams that advanced to the second round. Tufts had a perfect 1-2-3 finish against Rhode Island, while narrowly defeating Connecticut College with 2-3-5 finishes to the Camels' 1-4-6.
The Jumbos' first-round losses were against Boston College, Bowdoin, Brown, Harvard, Roger Williams and Yale. Tufts' 1-4-6 finish against Yale was their closest loss, coming against the team that went on to the win the NEISA Team Racing title.
Sailing for Tufts was senior skipper Jackson McCoy with junior crew Emma Clutterbuck, senior skipper Chris Keller with sophomore crew Juliana Testa and senior crew Cam Holley with senor crew Ian Morgan.
Saturday started out with a light Northerly that went E, NE, W, SW and eventually back to a building Northerly that stayed for three hours. Sunday was a great day to sail on the Thames with a light SSE Breeze which greeted the sailors building to a SE 6-11 knot breeze that stayed all day.
Along with Yale, Boston College, Dartmouth and Bowdoin qualified to represent NEISA at the ICSA Team Racing Nationals in Newport.