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Putnam Crew in ESC Finals; 'Cliffe 2nd for Manlab Trophy


George Putnam skippered a Harvard crew to victory in a semi-final heat at the Eastern Sloop Championships at New London on Saturday.

The final heat was postponed until November 11 because weather conditions prohibited the finals yesterday.

Putnam's winning crew included David Brownlee, Francis Ganong, and Rick White. White replaced Tim Black who was a member of the crew when Putnam qualified for the championship on September 17.

Women Place Second

The Women's Sailing team, competing on the Charles for the Manlabs Trophy, placed second to MIT in the two-man "Tech" dinghy competition.

Barb Grant skippered the A division boat crewed by Ann Hoffner to tie for the lead after the first day of competition. Janice Stroud, hampered by a cold, had a bad day, and was trailing by 11 points after Saturday's races in the B division.

Radcliffe has to win all second day races and have MIT do poorly to retain the trophy.

Under Water

But while Janice Stroud recovered enough to take a first and second on Sunday. Barb Grants crew fell out of the boat in one race and her boat capsized in two others.

Strong winds and weak MIT boats were major factors in the Crimson's misfortune. The crew was forced to sail hiking the boat, learning out of the boat against the wind. But the Tech boats don't have hiking straps and Ann Hoffner lost her footing on the side of the boat when the wind shifted during the race.

Grant was disappointed with the Radcliffe performance, especially because they had beat the same team from MIT many times last fall. She said that many girls have just not had the time to practice adequately for the races this fall.

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