Zaleski returns to the NEISA Men's Singlehanded championship after a 10th-place finish in 2012 (photo courtesy Athletic Communications).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Freshman Juan Carolos Perdomo and sophomore Mark Zaleski of the Harvard sailing team will vie to be crowned the NEISA Men's Singlehanded champion this weekend while the No. 10 Crimson Coeds battle at the 31st Hood Trophy. The women are set to sail at the Regis Bowl.
Fans can follow results from each of this weekend's regattas, here.
Last Time on the Water
In five weekend regattas, the Harvard sailing teams garnered four top-10 finishes including a second-place showing at the 64th Nevins Trophy and third place at the BU Invitational. The Crimson took eighth-place at the 18th Mrs. Hurst Bowl and tenth at the Hatch Brown Trophy. Harvard also competed in the Boston Harbor Invitational.
Related Link: Sailing Competes in Five Weekend Regattas
In his collegiate debut, Juan Carlos Perdomo cruised to a first-place at the 64th Nevins Trophy last weekend. With 28 points, he was 23 points ahead of the competition.
In the C division the freshman took first in the seventh race and sailed to top-finishes in all 10 races to anchor Harvard to second place overall.
About the NEISA Men's Singlehanded Championships
Juan Carlos Perdomo and Mark Zaleski look to become the third sailor in Harvard history to claim the NEISA Men's Singlehanded Championship title when the duo takes the water at the McNay Family Sailing Center in New Haven, Conn., Sept. 28-29. This year's fleet features 24 sailors from 12 different programs.
Perdomo and Zaleski are competing for one of the four berths to the ICSA Men's Singlehanded National Championship held in November.
The last Crimson to earn the title was Kyle Kovacs '08 in 2008 while Clay Johnson '07 claimed the crown in 2006 and 2007.
Zaleski made an impression at the event a year ago. In only the third regatta of his collegiate career, he placed in the single digits in 10 of the 18 races en route to posting a 161 points to finish 10th.
About the 31st Hood Trophy
The 31st Hood Trophy, a two-division, intersectional regatta, is sailed on Mystic Lake in Medford, Mass., in the Jumbos' fleet of Larks. The hosts are the only collegiate venue that sails Larks, to hold an upper hand on the 18-team field which includes 10 ranked in the top-20. In 2012, the Crimson raced to a sixth-place finish with Gram Slattery and Alice Kenney in the A division boat while Jason Michas '13 and Alma Lafler manned the B division.
Related Link: Harvard Takes Sixth at Hood Trophy, Zaleski Impresses at NEISA Men's Singlehanded Championship
About the Regis Bowl
The Regis Bowl is a two-division, in-conference regatta hosted by Boston University on the Charles River. Sixteen teams with clash on the water in Boston with each division sailing FJs. The Crimson last competed in the annual event in 2011, when Harvard finished 13th.
Related Link: Harvard Sailing Claims Hood Trophy
Massachusetts waters will see south winds around five knots to start the day drifting to east breezes in the afternoon with one to two foot waves both Saturday and Sunday. Competition at the NEISA Men's Singlehanded Championships on the Long Island Sound is supposed to see draughts come from the northeast on Saturday and then turn 180 degrees to the southwest for Sunday.
For up-to-date forecasts, click here.
Next weekend it's the women's turn to battle for the NEISA Singlehanded Championship title, while the Crimson hosts its second regatta of the fall, the Charles Invitational. Harvard will also sail at the Danmark Trophy, the Smith Trophy and the Ross Trophy.