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Big Green Improve to Eighth at National Championship

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By Rob Migliaccio
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AUSTIN, Texas — The Dartmouth sailing team improved to eighth at the Dinghy National Championship on Thursday. The regatta, co-hosted by the Texas Sailing Team and the Austin Yacht Club, is being raced on Lake Travis.

The Big Green have 189 points and are just nine points out of sixth place. Dartmouth have a total of 86 points in the A-division and 103 points in the B-division. Senior Sam Williams (Summit, N.J.) and junior Matt Habig (Larchmont, N.Y.) sailed in the A-division, and sophomores Matt Wefer (Glen Head, N.Y.) and Avery Plough (Portola Valle, Calif.) competed in the B-Division.

For the second day in a row, the sailors showed up to Lake Travis before the breeze. Thankfully, temperatures were more bearable than Wednesday with the mercury hovering around 80 and less humidity. Finally at 11:30 a.m., breeze of six to eight knots came in from the northeast allowing A-division to hit the water. The breeze only lasted for two races, shutting off before B division could hit the water.

The sailors were tricked around 2:00 p.m. when it looked like the breeze was filling in, only to fade out just as B division headed out to the racecourse. At 4:00 p.m. B division was finally able to get some sailing in with breeze coming from the north at eight to 12 knots. Another set was completed in each division before the day was ended at 7:15 p.m., marking the second long day for the sailors who spent over ten hours at the sailing site.

Georgetown leads the regatta with 104 points. Yale is 30 points back in second at 134. Roger Williams holds on to the third spot with 142 points.

Sailors will once again report to Lake Travis at 9:00 a.m. CDT with the hope of being greeted by some breeze for the first time during this National Championship. With a little bit of cooperation from Mother Nature, racing will start at 10:00 a.m. The forecast calls for a southerly of six to eight knots. No race can be sailed after 5:00 p.m.