Harvard Sailing Comes in Fourth at the NEISA Coed Dinghy Championship

Harvard Sailing Comes in Fourth at the NEISA Coed Dinghy Championship

Alma Lafler (left) and Tedd Himler (right) sailed in Harvard's fourth-place finish at the NEISA Dinghy Championship (Gil Talbot).

NARRAGANSETT, R.I. – The Harvard sailing team used a strong performance in the B division to secure a fourth-place finish at the New England Coed Dinghy Championship hosted by Rhode Island. The Crimson also had squads competing at the Oberg Trophy, Savin Hill Invitational and the Women’s Wick and Shrew Trophies.

Seniors John Stokes and Tedd Himler shared skipper duties in the B division of the dinghy championship, while Jason Michas, Meghan Wareham and Alma Lafler crewed for Harvard. The five sailors tallied a score of 62 behind six top-three finishes in 12 races, good for second in the division.

The Crimson trio of Alan Palmer, Ryan Byrne and Alma Lafler secured a score of 82 thanks to four top-two finishes and one fifth-place showing in the A division. The combined score of 144 placed Harvard fourth, just six points behind Boston College. Roger Williams won the event with Brown coming in second. The top eight teams in the18-team field qualified for the ICSA Eastern Dinghy Championship Semifinals at Long Beach.

Harvard was also represented by two sophomores, Nick Waldo and Jinyan Zang, and three freshmen, Luke O’Connor, Diana Powell and Sarah Pierson at the Savin Hill Invitational. The Crimson picked up another fourth-place finish in the nine-team regatta with a score of 238. BC won the event with a low score of 99.

Eighteen teams competed at the Women’s Wick and Shrew Trophies, hosted by Coast Guard. Emily Lambert and Caitlin Watson sailed in the A division for the Crimson, finishing with 102 points in 16 races, good for seventh place. Harvard would finish the regatta in 10th place overall.

At the Oberg Trophy, the Crimson captured 11th place in the 14-team regatta. Earlier in the week, Nicholas Waldo and Caroline Lowe brought home a second-place finish at the Midweek Tech Dinghy Regatta with 21 points. MIT won the event with a low score of seven points through six completed races.

The Admiral’s Cup and the New England Women’s Championship await the Crimson next weekend.