Women's Sailing Starts Strong, Settles for Sixth at Home Duplin Team Race

Freshman Charlotte Lenz was one of three Tufts skippers

MEDFORD - Competing at home on Upper Mystic Lake, the Tufts University women's sailing team started strong before fading and finishing sixth out of 10 at the 38th Joseph R. Duplin team race regatta on Saturday and Sunday.

The Jumbos won six out of nine in the opening round, tying for fourth-best and advancing as one of six teams to the final. However, they lost all five of their second-round races to finish with a 6-8 mark overall. Yale won the regatta with a 12-2 record.

Tufts sailed very well in the opening round, winning races against Boston College, Dartmouth, Fordham, Stanford, Rhode Island and Vermont. The Jumbos had a perfect 1-2-3 finish against Dartmouth and posted strong 1-2-4 efforts versus both Boston College and Vermont. Even their three losses (Brown, Harvard, Yale) were tightly contested, especially versus Brown where Tufts' second, third and sixth finishes resulted in the narrowest defeat.

Advancing to the final round of six, the Jumbos lost their momentum. They fell to Harvard, Stanford, Dartmouth, Brown and Yale, though again many were closes finishes especially Dartmouth where Tufts had the second, fourth and fifth spots. Both Tufts and Harvard finished with 6-8 overall records, but the Jumbos lost a tie-breaker against the Crimson to receive the sixth-place spot.

The three teams for Tufts included freshman skipper Charlotte Lenz with senior crew Julia Fuller, senior skipper MaryClaire Kiernan with sophomore crew Marisa Permatteo and junior skipper Molly Pleskus with sophomore crew Sabrina Van Mell.

The regatta got underway Saturday after 11:30 in light air. Under an overcast sky in 40 degree temps the wind blew from the NNE most of the day. A 40-minute rain event killed the wind for a short postponement, otherwise all 45 races would have been completed. Only six races were run after the postponement leaving nine remaining in round one.  Sunday allowed all 66 races to be completed, including the bottom four and top 6 round robins as planned. Wind was from the east at 5 to 13 knots.