Jumbo Sailors Blow Away Competition

Observer Editorial Board

Under otherwise light winds, the Tufts sailing team sent a gale to its competition as it became the college sailing champions by a record margin of 57 points. At the Henry A. Morss Trophy in Portland, Ore. June 4, the team capped off the season with spect acular performances by its senior leaders. The teams of Graeme Woodworth/Kiri Wilson and Tim Fallon/Martha Carleton each handily won their divisions to give the Jumbos a large lead.

Although calm conditions had been troublesome to the Woodworth/Wilson duo this season, they showed superior skill at the Championship, slicing through the water at a remarkable speed considering the light winds. While otherboats were at a near standstill, the Jumbos cruised to victory. This A team's experience proved to be too much for the competition, as they were able to read the conditions perfectly without getting flustered.

Head coach Ken Legler said the team sailed "faster and tactically smarter than the other teams, and that's a winning combination."

The B team of Fallon and Carleton had a somewhat closer victory, but its first-place points on the first day of competition put Tufts into the lead by 36 points.

The only team to offer a slight challenge was Boston University, which won the second-place Oxford University Trophy. The third-place Metropolitan Sailing League Trophy went to the College of Charleston. The competition for the second through sixth places was fierce, but Tufts had a commanding lead the entire weekend.

Besides the Championship trophy, Woodworth and Fallon took home the Robert Allen, Sr. Trophy which is awarded to the team with the lowest point average in A division. The team's worst performance was the eighth-place finish against top competition. It had four firsts, one second and two thirds. Woodworth was also named to the ICYRA All-Star team.

The Tufts' sailors won the National Dinghy Championship by a record margin of 57 points.