ENFIELD, N.H. – The Harvard sailing team captured fourth place at the 2011 New England Intercollegiate Sailing Association Team Race Championship over the weekend. The Crimson finished one spot short of qualifying for the National Team Racing Championship.
A total of seven sailors competed for Harvard. Seniors Alan Palmer, Tedd Himler, John Stokes, Meghan Wareham and Quincy Bock were joined by sophomore Alma Lafler and freshman Sarah Pierson. Sailing kicked off with five round-robin qualifying races with the teams split into two groups of six. The top four teams in each group advanced to compete in two more rounds of round-robin racing in the Gold division.
The Crimson placed third in its division, advancing to compete in the Gold division. In the first round of Gold sailing, Boston College set the pace, going a perfect 7-0. Harvard sailed to a 3-4 record, good for fifth, between Vermont and Brown.
Needing to remain in the top six to advance to the Final 6 round, Harvard put together a 5-2 round, reeling off four straight wins to end the round and secure fourth with an 8-6 mark.
Harvard put together another exceptional round of sailing in the Final 6, notching a 4-1 record, second best in the round. The early struggles of the first Gold round robin proved too much to overcome as Yale and Roger Williams, who each finished with 13-6 records, edged the Crimson’s 12-7 mark for second and third places and the chance to compete at the National Team Racing Championship. BC took home the Fowle Trophy with a 17-2 record.
Despite not qualifying for the team racing nationals, two national championship events still await the Crimson. Beginning on May 23, the women’s sailing squad will compete in the 44th ICSA Women’s Championship, while the coed team will hit the water on May 30 to compete in the 76th ICSA/Gill National Dinghy Championship. Both events will also be held in Cascade Locks, Ore.