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Sailing Nets Three Top-Five Finishes on Weekend

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HANOVER, N.H. — Competing in five regattas this past weekend, the Dartmouth sailing team turned in three top-five performances. The Big Green took fourth in the Lake Champlain Open and fifth in both the Boston Harbor Invite and Nevins Trophy. Additionally, the Green and White finished eighth in both the Women's Mrs. Hurst Bowl and the Hatch Brown Trophy.

One of Dartmouth's top finishes on the weekend was certainly the Boston Harbor Invite, where the Big Green placed fifth overall, taking first in the A Division (42 pts.) and eighth in the B (71 pts.) for a combined score of 113. That mark was technically a tie with Harvard, but the Crimson won the head-to-head tiebreaker to claim fourth.

"We knocked the rust off at the prestigious Boston Harbor Invitational," sailor Hunter Johnstone recalled. "The weather was great both days, although the winds were shifty and ranged from 0-12 knots out of the northwest, which made for some interesting racing including a windward-windward race on day 2. Both teams made the most of the conditions and learned a lot about sailing in traffic and keeping calm under pressure."

Dartmouth also looked strong at the Nevins Trophy, taking fifth overall (401 pts.). Matt Wefer and Avery Plough were third in the A Division, while Scott Houck and Molly Wilson sailed to a second place finish in the B.

"In typical Kings Point fashion, Saturday brought a strong breeze and some good chop, while Sunday had some seriously soft moments," said Wilson. "Current, shifts and KP trapezoids both days made the racing tricky and fun. We were also lucky enough to have Erik Storck '07 as our coach for this weekend."

The Lady D's sailed in the Mrs. Hurst Bowl on Lake Mascoma, turning in an eighth place effort behind champion Yale. The A squad took 12th (136 pts.), while the B group was fifth (93 pts.).

"Though we were a little light for the conditions this weekend, we learned a lot about starting in breeze and are looking forward to next weekend," remembers Madi Gamble. "We were delighted to see Mrs. Hurst and her famous baked goods on Saturday morning, and would also like to thank alumni Ed Jude Glackin '11 and Bernie Roesler '12 for an incredible job running races."

The Big Green also traveled to Burlington, Vt. for the Lake Champlain Invite. With 93 points, Dartmouth finished fourth behind overall champion Tufts (69 pts.). The A Division was eighth (60 pts.), while the B group excelled with a second place finish (33 pts.).

Lastly, Dartmouth was at MIT for the Hatch Brown Trophy, battling for an eighth place overall finish. The A group finished eighth, while the B and C squads each took sixth.

The Big Green return to the lake this weekend (Sept. 22-23), competing in six regattas and hosting the Mascoma Invite/Northern 2.