Harvard Sailing Places Sixth at New England Team Race Championship

Harvard Sailing Places Sixth at New England Team Race Championship

Isabel Ruane served as a crew member during the New England Team Race Championship this weekend hosted by MIT. (Gil Talbot)

The Harvard sailing team placed sixth in the Gold Fleet at the New England Team Race Championship on the Charles River. The Crimson won sail-offs with Vermont and Dartmouth to advance to the final day of the regatta. The Crimson finished with five wins in the gold fleet and final six.

Harvard sailed in the B group and notched victories over Boston University and Vermont, registering a 2-3 record in the qualification round. The Catamounts finished their round 2-3 as well which prompted a sail-off between the two teams. The Crimson won the contest to finish in its group.

With the field narrowed to eight teams, Harvard set its sights on the second round of qualifications. The Crimson competed in two round-robin tournaments where it tallied single wins against Dartmouth, Tufts and two victories over MIT to accrue a 4-10 mark. Dartmouth finished both round robins with an identical mark, forcing another sail-off. Harvard once again prevailed in the extra race, lifting it to the final round of the regatta.

Harvard was able to best Brown in the field of six, and finished sixth. Harvard had a number of athletes compete,  Brendan Kopp, Emily Lambert, Gram Slattery and Michael Drumm all served time as skippers. Sarah Pierson, Brian Drumm, Isabel Ruane, Reid Bergsund, and Michael Drumm worked as crews.

Boston College won the regatta after it won a tie-breaker with Brown and Roger Williams, as all three teams finished with a 13-6 mark. The Eagles, Bears and Hawks all earned a berth into the ISCA/APS Team Race Nationals in Austin, Texas. 

At the ninth George Morris Trophy, the Crimson placed 13th with 240 points. Luke O'Connor and Emma Smith sailed in the A group, placing 15th, while Ben Lamont and William White competed in the B division taking seventh. Vermont took the top spot in the regatta, while Boston College and Boston University placed second and third respectively.  

The Harvard women's team will now prepare for the ISCA women's nationals hosted by Texas on May 30 through June 2.