Harvard Sailing Finishes Third at MIT Regatta

Harvard Sailing Finishes Third at MIT Regatta

Brendan Kopp (rear) and William White (front) helped Harvard finish third at the Marchiando & Friis Trophies over the weekend (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard coed sailing team came up just short of sailing against the College of Charleston in the head-to-head final of the Marchiando & Friis Trophies Team Race, finishing one race behind Boston College to take third at the regatta.

The field of eight teams at MIT featured seven teams ranked in the top 20 of the most recent Sailing World national poll. The Cougars took a commanding lead in the round-robin portion of the Gold division, finishing with an 11-3 record. The Crimson, using four skippers and five different crews, and the Eagles remained close throughout the round robin, but it would be BC holding off Harvard, 9-5 to 8-6 for the chance to go up against Charleston in the final.

The Cougars won two of three races in the final head-to-head series to win the event. The Crimson captured third, ahead of Brown, Yale and Tufts who each finished with 7-7 records.

The Crimson also hosted and competed in the Central Series 4 regatta over the weekend, taking sixth in the 12-team event. Freshmen Ames Lyman, Luke O'Connor and Alice Kenney, shared A-division duties, while Ben Lamont, Grant Wonders, Nicholas Gordon sailed in the B division for Harvard. 

The A-division trio secured two top-place finishes and end the 12-race event with a score of 74. The B division finished with 71 points for a team total of 145. Roger Williams won the event with a low score of 78, followed by Tufts at 94.

The New England Dinghy Championship, hosted by Rhode Island, awaits the Crimson this weekend.