NEW HAVEN, CT -- The Washington College sailing team opened its fall schedule by finishing 10th of 20 teams at the Harry Anderson Trophy, hosted by Yale University, this weekend.
Junior skipper Mike Whitford (Chicago, IL/Francis W. Parker School) sailed with senior crews Caroline Hill (Tiverton, RI/Bishop Stang) and Max Kurland (Sharon, CT/Hotchkiss School) to finish 10th in A Division. Washington finished in the top five in four of the 12 A Division races, including a first-place finish in the eighth race.
Junior skipper Mildred Conroy (Newton, MA/Tabor Academy) sailed with sophomore crew Matt Lawler (Alexandria, VA/Christchurch School) and freshman crew Sam Fitzgerald (Fairfield, CT/Green Farms Academy) to place 12th in B Division. Washington was second in the fifth B Division race and third in the seventh. A ninth-place finish in the final B Division race put Washington in front of Coast Guard for 10th place overall at the regatta.
Fourth-ranked Brown won the regatta, followed by eight-ranked Roger Williams in second and sixth-ranked host Yale in third. Washington finished ahead of one nationally-ranked team (20th-ranked New York Maritime, which finished 15th) as well as the five schools who were unranked but received more votes than WC in the Sailing World Preseason Top 20 - Coast Guard, 13th-place Boston University, 14th-place MIT, 17th-place Connecticut College, and 18th-place Eckerd.
The conditions on Saturday started with a Northerly breeze at 4-10 knots in the morning with a sea breeze from the South at 7-12 knots in the afternoon. On Sunday, conditions started with a Southwest breeze at seven knots building to 18 throughout the day.
The Washington College sailing team will compete at the Central Fall #1, hosted by Ocean County College, next weekend.