Harvard Sailing Takes Fourth in its Opening Spring Regatta

Harvard Sailing Takes Fourth in its Opening Spring Regatta

Drumm served as one of the skippers for Harvard during the Sharpe Trophy team race this weeekend, helping Harvard to a fourth-place finish. (Gil Talbot)

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard sailing team opened its spring season with a fourth-place showing at the Sharpe Trophy, hosted by MIT this weekend. The Crimson went 8-6 in two round robins, and 1-2 in the final four contests, to finish the weekend 9-8 overall.

Harvard opened up with wins over Boston College, Connecticut College, Dartmouth and Tufts, to finish Day 1 with a 4-3 mark. The Camels of Connecticut College held the top spot at the end of the first round robin, recording a 6-1 mark, while Tufts (5-2) sat in second headed into Day 2.

On Saturday the Crimson again went 4-3, earning victories over Boston College, Brown, MIT and Roger Williams. At 8-6, Harvard was tied with Brown (8-6) for fourth-place and the right to compete in the final four events. The Crimson went on to defeat Brown in a sail-off for the final spot setting up matchups against Connecticut College (11-3), Dartmouth (10-4), Tufts (9-5) to decide who would secure the Sharpe Trophy.

In the final-four round robin Harvard defeated Tufts for its lone win. Connecticut College swept the competition going 3-0, while Dartmouth and Tufts both went 1-2 to round out the final-four standings.

Connecticut College won the regatta with the best record of 14-3, while Dartmouth finished second at 11-6 followed by Tufts (10-7) and Harvard (9-8).

Eight Harvard sailors competed this weekend, as seniors Brendan Kopp, Emily Lambert along with freshmen, Gram Slattery, Michael Drumm and Brian Drumm, shared the skippering duties for the Crimson. Freshman Sarah Pierson and sophomores Isabel Ruane and Alice Kenney split time as crew.

Harvard will next take to the water on March 17-18, when it competes at Truxtun Umsted hosted by Navy.