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Sailing Competes in Four Regattas to Open Spring Season

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By Rob Migliaccio
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HANOVER, N.H. – The Dartmouth sailing team opened its spring season over the weekend, competing at four different regattas. Most notably, the Big Green finished sixth in the Owen Trophy Race hosted by Navy. Altogether, Dartmouth tallied three top-eight finishes.

“Saturday we were met with a nice 12-18 knot day with long lasting shifts coming from the northwest,” said sailor Colin Murphy. “Divisions were split between FJs and 420s with both divisions on the water and a switch being made after 10 races. 12 races were completed on Saturday and 6 completed on Sunday in variable, frustrating conditions.”

At the Aaron Szambecki Team Race, hosted by Old Dominion, Dartmouth reeled in a sixth place finish in the eight-team field with a record of 5-9 over the two-day event.

“The Aaron Szambecki Team Race brought varying conditions from 50 degrees and sunny to 35 and sleeting rain. We had great wind while it lasted and sailed 14 races over the course of the two days,” said junior Matt Wefer. “Although the results didn't quite show it, we improved dramatically over the course of the weekend, and made the most out of every opportunity.”

In the Boston Dinghy Club Challenge Cup, hosted by Harvard and MIT, the Big Green finished 14th of 17 with a total of 577. The team came in just two points behind 13th place Hobart and William Smith. In the A division, Dartmouth had 194 points, while the B division capped the two-day event with 179. The C division closed with 204 points.

At the Admiral Moore Team Race, hosted by NY Maritime, the team from the Upper Valley finished eighth of 10, recording a 6-12 mark against their opponents.

“We saw big breeze the first day and light breeze the second,” said Dartmouth freshman Evan Read. “Strong current was a huge factor in the starts and mark traps. We learned a lot at the event and feel as though we know where to focus in future training to improve.”

Dartmouth is back on the water this weekend, racing in four regattas March 30-31.