BRANFORD, Conn. - With their seventh-place finish at the Showcase One event hosted by Yale this weekend, the Tufts University co-ed sailing team qualified for the Showcase finals coming up in two weeks. The event serves as the Atlantic Coast Championship.
The top nine teams at today's event reached the Showcase finals to be hosted by St. Mary's (Md.). Tufts won a head-to-head tie-breaker to place seventh with an A division score of 158 and a B division mark of 121 for a 279 total. UC Santa Barbara also totaled 279 and finished eighth. The ninth and final qualifying team was Tulane (297).
Yale won the regatta with 67-53-120 scores. The other teams advancing to the finals are George Washington, Georgetown, Coast Guard, Hobart William Smith and Boston College.
Seventeen races were competed in the two divisions by 18 total teams. Tufts' B squad of senior skipper Ansgar Jordan (pictured) with junior crew Cecelia Adams was fourth in their group. They won the second race of the weekend and posted runner-up races in the 10th and 12th.
Senior skipper Sam Merson and senior crew Ann Sheridan raced A division for Tufts. They were 10th in the division by winning a head-to-head tie-breaker versus Jacksonville. Tufts' A team earned thirds in the second, 12th and 14th starts of the regatta.
Nine races were completed Saturday. The wind was NE for the first third of the day and then ENE/E the rest of the day. It was between 4 and 13 knots and shifty with a large swell and chop moving in from the SE. Eight races were completed Sunday in a wind that started out NNE and then persistently moved right to ENE. Wind strength ranged from 5-14 knots. Most of the wind was on the first half of the course and gradually diminished as the fleet sailed to the weather mark. There was considerable chop and rolling waves moving in from the SE with calm waters at the windward mark.