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Sailing Wins Mascoma Invite, Takes Second at Chris Loder

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By Doug Austin
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HANOVER, N.H. — The Dartmouth sailing team had another phenomenal weekend, racking up four top-five finishes in six regettas. Most notably, the Big Green won the Mascoma Invite in Hanover and finished runner-up at the Chris Loder Trophy hosted by UNH. In addition, the squad finished fourth at both the St. Mary's Interconference Fall Regatta and the Women's Regis Bowl.

Dartmouth's performance over the past few weeks has landed both teams among the top-five in the nation, according to Sailing World's College Rankings. In the last Sailing World poll, the Dartmouth coed team was tied with Brown for fifth nationally with 241 points, receiving one first place vote. The women's squad was second with 218 points, listed only behind Yale, which received all 15 first place votes.

At this weekend's Mascoma Invite in Hanover, the Big Green took second in the A Division behind Tufts, but won the B Division for a combined score of 56 points, good enough for first overall.

 "With a home advantage, we set out with a solid game plan for the regatta," sailor Dylan Kovookjian recounted. "We focused on shifts and starts for the weekend; each boat tried to win a side and then proceeded to call shifts throughout the course. Because it was so shifty, the race was really left to whomever could call the best shifts. The entire weekend went really well."

In Durham for the Chris Loder Trophy, Dartmouth had similar results, taking second place behind only the Vermont Catamounts. Both divisions sailed in the same set.

"Conditions on Saturday were light and variable," remembered Evan Read. "Sunday brought cooler weather, a bit more breeze and three more sets. Despite the extra breeze, Sunday conditions were no more consistent and we spent a lot of time scratching our heads as both sides seemed to be lifted on parallel courses. We fought hard against UVM, finishing just nine points out of first, but we were excited for the opportunity to sail in a new venue."

The Big Green also traveled to Maryland for the St. Mary's Fall Interconference Regatta, taking fifth in the A Division and second in the B for a fourth place overall result.

"Saturday we arrived to a 10-15 knot southerly, which brought the sailing out around the point," said Avery Plough. "Sunday was a shifty but still windy northerly sailed in the basin. We made a lot of progress in all of the conditions experienced over the weekend."

In addition, Dartmouth competed at the Women's Regis Bowl at BU, landing fourth overall (6th in A; 3rd in B). Also in Boston was the NEISA Men's Singlehanded Championship, hosted by BC. That regatta saw the Big Green's Bo McClatchy '13 take home a 13th place finish.  Lastly, the Green and White picked up a 12th place finish at the Hood Trophy, hosted by Tufts. Dartmouth took 10th in both divisions for an overall score of 205.

Dartmouth will compete in four regattas next weekend, including the Mystic Lake Invite at Tufts.