BOSTON, MA -- The Washington College sailing team finished 15th of 18 teams at the Boston Dinghy Cup, a three-division intersectional co-hosted by Harvard and MIT, this weekend.
Senior skipper Mike Whitford (Chicago, IL/Francis W. Parker School) and freshman skipper Ryan Bailey (Toms River, NJ/Toms River South) sailed with freshman crew Dale Strong (Severna Park, MD/Gunston Day School) to finish 14th in A Division. Senior skipper Mildred Conroy (Newton, MA/Tabor Academy) and junior skipper Sam Bedinger (Richmond, VA/St. Christopher's) sailed with freshman crew TJ Heist (Ocean City, NJ/Ocean City) to place 17th in B Division. Sophomore skipper Sam Fitzgerald (Fairfield, CT/Greens Farms Academy) and junior crew Matt Lawler (Alexandria, VA/Christchurch School) turned in Washington's highest divisional finish, placing 12th in C Division.
Top-ranked Yale won the Boston Dinghy Cup, followed by seventh-ranked Stanford in second and fifth-ranked Brown in third. Fourteen of the 18 teams at the regatta are currently ranked in the Sailing World/ICSA National Co-Ed Top 20. Washington finished ahead of one of those teams - third-ranked Roger Williams, which placed 16th.
A full rotation of 18 races sailed in each division during the weekend - 10 in each division on Saturday and another eight in each division on Sunday. Saturday's winds were 6-8 knots from the East, while Sunday's were 5-8 knots from the East-Northeast.
The Washington College sailing team returns to action next weekend at the Southern New England Team Race, hosted by Connecticut College.