CASCADE LOCKS, Ore.—Six top-five finishes in 12 races lifted the Harvard sailing team into second place, 11 points behind leader Boston College, on the second day of the Gill/Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association Coed Dinghy National Championship Tuesday on the Columbia River Gorge.
The Crimson's Alan Palmer and Quincy Bock won the final race of the day in the A division, gaining nine points on the Eagles in the process. Harvard also had a runner-up and a fourth-place finish earlier in the day in the A division and never finished below 10th in the 18-boat field. With 62 points, the Crimson sits in second place in the division, two points back of St. Mary's.
"It was important to get that bullet; we needed it," head coach Mike O'Connor said of the win to close the day. "It is incredibly close racing," he added. "There are 10-12 boats abreast on the runs, so the trick is to use a puff to take you the whole way down. On the final approach to the mark, it was important to have good boat placement and not get sucked into the pack of boats behind."
Harvard has 115 points overall, while BC leads with 104. Hobart/William Smith stands third with 138 points, one point ahead of St. Mary's and three up on College of Charleston.
Led by John Stokes and Meghan Wareham, Harvard added two more runner-up finishes in the B division for a total of four second-place performances in eight races. The Crimson enters Day 3 in third place in the division.
It is the second straight year the Crimson enters the final day of the national regatta trailing only the Eagles. Last season, Harvard was down by five points, but a lack of wind forced a cancellation of the last day of sailing on Wisconsin's Lake Mendota.