Date Posted:10/08/2002,  8:00AM

Fall Sailing Report #4

BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Bowdoin College sailing team continued their recent success, picking up an impressive victory over the weekend in the Eastern Series regatta with a first-year team of Emily Bruns, Ellen Grenley, Frank Pizzo and Sophie Wiss. Currently, Bowdoin's women's team holds the eighth place position in NEISA, and 13th in the National, ICSA rankings. The coed team holds fast at 14th in NEISA.

"A perfect day for sailing, warm temperatures and beautiful breeze at the Bowdoin Sailing Center provided the backdrop for a convincing win for Bowdoin College at the Eastern Series Regatta," according to head coach Tom Sitzmann. "The all-Freshman team of Bruns/Grenley and Pizzo/Wiss pulled out an improbable win from the veteran Bowdoin team with clutch sailing at the end of the day. Twelve races were sailed and most critical to the victory for the Frosh were the last three races for Bruns/Grenley, who won all three to ensure the overall win. This all played very well to the biggest spectator crowd we've had so far this fall..comprised primarily of parents here in Brunswick for Parent's Weekend. Low point for the regatta also went to a Bowdoin team. Scheerlinck/Titcomb sailed flawlessly all day to earn low point honors."

The Polar Bear team of Tyler Dunphy and Melanie Keane placed sixth overall at the Chris Loder Trophy, hosted by U.N.H.

"Steady sailing earned this team a 6th place finish at the competitive Loder Trophy varsity regatta held at U. New Hampshire," says Sitzmann. "This should help our COED ranking, currently at 14th of 31 in the New England Intercollegiate Sailing Association (NEISA)."

Meanwhile, Alison Binkowski placed 16th overall at M.I.T.'s Women's Singlehanded Championships.

"Our two top female skippers contended this past weekend in the singlehanded qualifiers, held at MIT in Tech dinghies," says Sitzmann. "After the first day of qualifying, Allison Binkowski earned a top-10 finish out of 42 to qualify for the finals. Unfortunately, Windecker had trouble with the shifty breeze and quirky Tech dinghy and missed the championship round. Both had little time to prepare for singlehanded sailing, as they are our normal dinghy skippers, but did Bowdoin Sailing proud, and learned a great deal."