Co-ed sailing captures 43rd annual Atlantic Coast Championship

MIT’s co-ed sailing team won the Atlantic Coast Championship for the first time in the program’s history. Ty Ingram ’18 skippered for the Engineers’ A fleet with Sameena Shaffeeullah ’19 as his crew, while Trevor Long ’19 skippered for the B fleet with Paige Omura ’17. The regatta spanned the course of two days with a total of 18 races.

The first day of competition consisted of ten races, in which MIT tallied a total score of 132. This placed them second behind only Yale who had 122. With a strong second day that included 3 first place finishes, the Engineers were able to rise above and capture the championship title.

Ingram and Shaffeeullah ended with a total of 122 points, second in the A division. Long and Omura finished with 123, best in the B division. The team’s collective score of 245 beat out second-place Tufts who ended with 256.

This was the 43rd annual proceeding of the Atlantic Coast Championship. MIT had never won this competition, but after a great season, entered the competition ranked 5th among the 18 competitors and were poised to have a strong showing. Long and Omura, for their impressive performance in the regatta, were also named NEISA co-ed sailors of the week.

This event caps MIT sailing’s 2016 season. In the last five regattas the team competed in, this marked their third top-three finish. It was their second first-place victory of the fall as the team won the Captain Hurst Bowl back in mid-October. With many of the members returning next season, it is exciting the see the Engineers finish their season on such an impressive note and look forward to what they can accomplish next year.