Sailing Captures Charles Invitational; Competes in Four Weekend Regattas

Sailing Captures Charles Invitational; Competes in Four Weekend Regattas

The Crimson claimed its second victory of the fall last weekend (photo courtesy Athletic Communications).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – In a full weekend of competition, the No. 5 Harvard sailing coed team claimed its second victory of the fall season at the Charles Invitational. The Crimson also competed at the Danmark Trophy, the 9th Annual Richard B. Ross Memorial Trophy and the George Warren Smith Trophy.

Thirteen teams representing 11 colleges convened on the Charles River Sunday for the Charles Invitational, with Harvard represented by two teams. The A division pair of sophomore Marek Zaleski and freshmen Emma Wheeler sailed to an impressive score of 8, with four first-place finishes and two second-place finishes in six races, to put the Crimson in prime position to win the regatta. The B division team of junior Ansel Duff and freshman Olivia Kjorlien also posted a great score of 29 points to help Harvard beat second-place finisher Boston University by 17 points.

Harvard's second team in the competition finished nine points behind the Terriers to take third place overall. Freshmen Bennett Capozzi and Victor Kamenker, skipper and crew, respectively, sailed together for all six races and third-place score in the A division. The duo won one race, finished as the runner-up once and took three third-place finishes. In the B division, freshmen skipper William Bloxham and sophomore crew Daniel Leichus took first and second twice to finish third in the division. 

Twenty teams from across the country clashed on the Thames River in New London, Conn., to compete for the Danmark Trophy at the US Coast Guard Academy. Despite a number of wind delays throughout the two-day event ten races were sailed in 420s with a strong current and light breezes coming from the north, south and southeast. Junior Brian Drumm and sophomore Jacob Bradt served as skipper and crew, respectively, in the B division. The duo's performance was highlighted by a second-place finish and two third-place finishes to take 10th in the division. The quartet of junior Gram Slattery, sophomore Sydney Kanovsky and Andrew Mollerus, and freshman Julia Lord manned the A Division boat that finished 15th. With 120 points, No. 1 Yale took home the victory.

The Ross Trophy, hosted by No.10 Tufts, was limited to five races due to lack of wind on Boston Harbor Saturday. Senior Ames Lyman skipped all races as senior Caitlin Watson and sophomore Adam Brodheim split time at the crew position. The trio recorded 65 points to take 13th in the 14-fleet field. The Jumbos posted 21 points for the victory.

With 96 points overall, Harvard took seventh at the Smith Trophy hosted by No. 15 MIT on the Charles Saturday. Skipper Capozzi and sophomore crew Kristina Jakobson represented in the A division in NC Fireflys. Rookies William Bloxham and Kjorlien competed in Tech Dinghies in the B division. Each pair finished eighth in its respective group. Tufts captured the win with 33 points.

Harvard will send sailors to three regattas next weekend, as the No. 15 women compete in the Navy Women's Intersectional. The coed squad will sail in the Moody Trophy and the Storm Trysail Regatta.