HANOVER, N.H. – The Dartmouth sailing team competed in three team race regattas over the weekend, recording its best finish in the Friis Trophy.
A group of sailors traveled to New London, Connecticut for the Friis Trophy where the Big Green went 10-4, finishing just behind Ivy League foe Yale, who ended the weekend undefeated at 14-0. Dartmouth was represented by: Duncan Williford, Pat Floyd, Charles Lalumiere, Christopher Williford, Paige Clarke, Madeleine Cooney, Rebecca McElvain and Sophie Kerr.
Saturday's breeze built as the day went on. The event started out with one race in a light northerly, immediately followed by a wind delay. A few hours later, sailors were graced by a better-than-forecasted northerly that held for the rest of the day. The Big Green completed 10 races, ending with a record of 7-3. On Sunday, Dartmouth completed one race against Tufts in the morning before the wind failed to cooperate. With only a couple hours left to complete the event, the race committee decided to end the second round robin early and use a top-six, bottom-four format to decide a winner.
Six members of the Big Green also competed in Boston in the Duplin Women’s Team Race, where Dartmouth (9-5) took fourth place. Sailing for the Green and White were: Peggy Kilvert, Lisa Genthner, Emma White, Peninah Benjamin, Audrey Giblin and Sophia Diserio. The Bulldogs captured the title with a 12-2 record, followed by Brown (11-3) and Stanford (10-4).
The 38th Joseph R. Duplin Women's team race regatta got underway on Saturday after 11:30 a.m. in light air. Under an overcast sky and 40 degree temperatures, the wind blew from the NNE most of the day. A 40-minute rain event killed the wind for a short postponement, allowing just six races to be completed after the delay. On Sunday, all 66 races were completed, including the bottom four and top-six round robins as planned.
The final competition Dartmouth took part in was the Admiral Moore Team Race in New York, where the Big Green finished seventh with a 7-5 record. Navy took the top spot at 10-4, while Stanford and Georgetown rounded out the top three. Dartmouth was represented by Nathaniel Johansson, Erik Weis, Jack McGraw, Alyssa Berger, Mia Steck, and Mary Amis.
Day one of the event also saw a brief postponement of races until 3-6 knot winds filled out on the East River. After the first round the Big Green finished the day at 4-5, however Dartmouth rallied for a 3-0 finish in the final day of racing on Sunday.
Dartmouth returns to action next weekend with multiple events in multiple locations.