HANOVER, N.H. — The Dartmouth sailing team opened its season this past weekend, competing at five different regattas Saturday and Sunday with great success. Most notably, the Big Green reeled in a second place finish at the prestigious Harry Anderson Trophy, just 11 points behind champion Yale. Altogether, Dartmouth tallied four top-five finishes on the weekend.
"We enjoyed a full range of conditions at the Harry Anderson Trophy this weekend," said sailor Molly Wilson. "Saturday brought us a steady 15-18kn southerly with massive waves, and Sunday we got a full set off in a soft and shifty northerly which faded around midday."
At the Harry Anderson, hosted by Yale, the Big Green enjoyed a solid outing, finishing runner-up with 73 points behind the Bulldogs (62). The A Division, composed of Matt Wefer and Avery Plough, shined, winning their regatta with just 33 points, while the B squad of Wilson and Scott Houck finished second with 40.
Additionally, Dartmouth earned a runner-up finish at the Toni Deutsh '58 Regatta at MIT, tallying 133 points behind champion Yale (101). The A group (Deirdre Lambert and Carissa Crawford) took fifth with 79 points, while the B Division (Chandler Salisbury and Madi Gamble) was second with 54.
"The Lady D's started off the season strong on the River Charles this weekend," said Gamble. "Conditions were tricky both days with less-than-predictable puffs and shifts. Over the course of the regatta, we sailed both FJs and Fireflies, using the FJ storm jibs and reefing the Firefly mains on Saturday afternoon."
The Green and White also turned in a pair of third place finishes at the Penobscot Bay Open at Maine Maritime and the Lark Invite at Tufts. Dartmouth took third at Pen Bay with 119 points; the Big Green A's finished fifth with 76 points, while the B's were second with 43. At the Lark Invite, Dartmouth earned 229 points, finishing behind Boston University (169) and Harvard (178). The B squad stood out with a first place finish (53 points).
The Big Green also competed at the Mt. Hope Bay Invitational at Roger Williams, finishing sixth overall.