BUZZARDS BAY, Mass -- The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth sailing team overtook McGill University on the final race of the afternoon to place sixth in the 10-team field at the Commonwealth Invitational this past weekend.
The Corsairs were tied with McGill, and trailed by 50 yards going into the final windward leg of the last race, when the team of Kelsey Martins (New Bedford, Mass.) and freshman Alix Blair (B Division) managed to draw even rounding the final mark. From there it was a 300 yard downwind sprint with UMD edging the Canadians by mere feet for the victory.
The A Division effort was ably led by sophomores Kelsey DeLosh (Boston, Mass.) and Courtney Grippin (Wilbraham, Mass.) with support from Emily Doiron (Arlington, Mass.), Janelle Hall (Attleboro, Mass.), and Hanna Desilets (Little Compton, R.I.). In sailing competition the combined finishes of "A" and "B" determine place.
The Regatta outcome established a program best for the Corsairs, in only their third year of competition. The squad turned in a solid and consistent performance, posting several second through fifth place finishes.
Tufts won the overall title, followed by Boston University, Northeastern University, and Massachusetts Maritime Maritime.