Wind Disappears As Co-Ed Sailors Take Second

It was a last minute decision.

At the Friis Trophy Team Race at Tufts University this weekend, each school’s sailing team was decked out in its own costume so Harvard had to come up with something. The sailors taped an A on one skipper’s life jacket, an S on another, and another S on the third, each a “piece” of the puzzle. But while their creative insight may have been sub par, the fifth-ranked co-eds, led by skippers Cardwell Potts, Vince Porter and Clay Johnson, sailed well enough on a weekend of fickle weather to finish second.

After perhaps the young season’s most perfect day for sailing, the winds, perhaps confused at the sight of the sailors, decided not to show up, allowing for only six races.

Harvard put on a show during the first round robin on Saturday, winning all nine of its races but finishing in a three-way tie with three wins in five races in the consolation round. The match supplied some havoc, with six protests and three disqualifications.

The single championship round robin yesterday was postponed due to two hours with no wind. Overall, Harvard won 12 of 14 races to host Tufts’ 13.

The co-eds also co-hosted the Boston Dinghy Club Challenge Cup with MIT, where they finished third.

The surging Crimson women sent their own squad—led by star sophomore Genny Tulloch skippering the A-division—to Boston University’s Presidents’ Trophy, where it finished second, only 4 points behind first-place Dartmouth.

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