Twenty-four high school sailing teams from around the state arrived at the MIT Boathouse on Thursday afternoon, May 24, fresh and ready to sail in MIT’s tech dinghies for the Massachusetts State Championship. Marks were set, gear was put on, boats were launched, but the wind did not come.

The first day of the 2007 Massachusetts High School Sailing State Championships were cancelled due to a lack of wind. The positioning of the race course in between two bridges in Boston caused the already sketchy wind of the Charles to never fill into a steady breeze. The race committee started three port-triangle courses, but the wind never stayed around long enough for the race to finish, so the 24 teams went home without having sailed any races.

The Massachusetts High School Sailing State Championships are always held at the MIT Boathouse in Cambridge. Sailors sail tech dinghies, small two-person sail boats powered by one main sail, in a series of fleet races. Teams have two boats in the regatta: one A-team boat and one B-team boat each with a skipper and a crew. The A-team sails two races and then switches while the B-team sails two races. The scores of the A and B fleets are tallied up, and the team with the lowest number of points over both fleets wins the regatta.

The second day of the regatta brought steadier wind and allowed the race committee to get off six races. The A-fleet went out at the beginning of the day, struggling to get off two races with a developing wind, then the B-fleet sail three races and the A-fleet finished up the regatta with a last race.

Last year, Wellesley High School won the State Championship, led by alums Liz Powers and Alex Wisch. Suffering the loss of their two co-captains and varsity skippers, the team did not know what to expect this year. However, they did not need to worry. Led by 2007 co-captains and varsity skippers Charlotte Bergin and Kamran Golestaneh, the team ended up finishing sixth overall out of 24 teams. Bergin sailed with crew Edmund Donovan for the A-team, while Golestaneh sailed with Nathan Wan for the B-team.

Bergin and Donovan sailed admirably in their fleet, battling against tough teams such as Duxbury, Brookline and Marblehead all day. Golestaneh and Wan also launched Wellesley into the top 10 by finishing in the upper part of their fleet.