Harvard Sailing Wins Two Regattas on Opening Weekend

Harvard Sailing Wins Two Regattas on Opening Weekend

Sailing in separate boats, Santangelo (left) and White contributed to the Central Series win (photo courtesy Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. –The Harvard sailing team notched two victories, while also finishing fourth in the top coed regatta of the opening weekend of the 2010 fall season and seventh at the season's first women's regatta.

Twenty teams competed in the first intersectional regatta of the fall, the Harry Anderson Trophy at Yale. In the A division, senior Alan Palmer skippered all 12 races with Quincy Bock and Alma Lafler. The trio paced the Crimson with a total 77 points, including three wins and two runner-up showings, good for fourth place. The B-division group of John Stokes, Tedd Himler and Meghan Wareham logged four top-four finishes and 108 points, which landed them in seventh place within the division. A total team score of 185 placed Harvard in fourth overall. Brown won the regatta with a team score of 112, followed by Roger Williams three points behind.

At the Central Series One regatta, hosted by Tufts, Harvard came home victorious in dominant fashion, beating the host Jumbos and the rest of the nine-school field by 101 points. Juniors Brendan Kopp and William White tallied a great score of 31 points with 11 wins in 18 races in the A division. The Crimson was represented by skipper Colin Santangelo and crew Julia VanderVink in the B division. They totaled two wins and 137 points.

Harvard's other victory came at home in the Harvard Invitational, which featured 12 teams. The Crimson's B-division pair of sophomore Sam Millham and freshman Alice Kenney sailed to a phenomenal score of 15, with five first-place finishes in eight races, to put Harvard in a prime position to win the regatta. The A-division team of sophomores Ryan Byrne and Nicholas Gordon also posted a great score of 23 to help Harvard beat second-place Brown by 22 points.

The Crimson women finished seventh out of 14 teams at the Toni Deutsch Trophy, hosted by MIT. Juniors Emily Lambert and Alexandra Jumper, skipper and crew respectively, sailed together for all 16 races and a fourth-place score in the A division. They had three wins and six top-three finishes.

Harvard will be back on the water this weekend competing in four more regattas. Among those are the Women's Mrs. Hurst Bowl at Dartmouth and the Hatch Brown Trophy at Boston University.