Sailing’s Busiest Weekend Features Coeds Fourth at Navy, Women 14th at Yale

Sailing’s Busiest Weekend Features Coeds Fourth at Navy, Women 14th at Yale

The Crimson coeds claimed their fifth top-five finish of the fall season (photo courtesy Athletic Communications).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – In its busiest weekend of sailing this fall, the No. 6 Harvard coed sailing team emerged with a fourth-place finish at the Navy Fall Invite while the women's squad claimed 14th at the Yale Women's Intersectional. The Crimson coeds also competed at the Captain Hurst Bowl, the Lane Trophy, the Norm Reid Trophy and MIT's Firefly and FJ Invite.

A field of 20 teams took the water in Annapolis, Md., in four different divisions at the Navy Fall Invite. The first 10 races featured the A division in FJs and B division sailing 420s with the groups switching for the second round of 10 sprints. The C and D divisions, both singlehanded groups, competed in Lasers and Radials, respectively.

Harvard's singlehanded sailors paced the Crimson's effort. Juan Carlos Perdomo finished just nine points behind the C division's first-place finisher Greg Martinez of Georgetown to take second with 82 points. The freshmen won eight races and finished in the top-three 13 times. Marek Zaleski claimed second in the D group with 111 overall points including 11 top-five finishes. The sophomore earned a victory and three second-place finishes.

Junior Brian Drumm and sophomore Jacob Bradt served as skipper and crew, respectively, on the B division boat that placed sixth with 175 points. The pair's highlights from the weekend included nine top-five finishes and two victories.  

In the A division, sophomore Andrew Mollerus skippered all 20 races as classmate Sydney Karnovsky and freshman Matthew Mollerus split time at the crew position. The trio finished 14th in the division.

On the women's side, Harvard finished 14th out of 18 teams at the Yale Women's Intersectional. Senior Caitlin Watson and sophomore Kristina Jacobson sailed together for all 12 races in the A division while sophomore Sophie Bermudez skippered the B division boat with junior Ashleigh Inglis as crew. Each tandem finished 14th in its respective division with four single digit finishes.

At MIT's Firefly and FJ Invite, Harvard finished eighth in the 17-school field with 152 points. Sophomore skipper Adam Brodheim and freshmen crew Emma Wheeler claimed ninth in the A division with 96 points. The duo notched seven top-ten finishes highlighted by a fourth-place finish. David Mende sailed to third place in the B division with 56 point. The freshmen finished in single digits in all 11 races including a second-place finish and three third-place finishes.

Eighteen teams clashed on Mascoma Lake in Hanover, N.H., to compete for the Captain Hurst Bowl. Despite a number of wind delays throughout the two-day event 15 races were sailed in 420s. In the A division, junior Michael Drumm and seniors Isabel Ruane and Luke O'Connor teamed up for 156 points and ninth place. Sophomore Gram Slattery and freshman Julia Lord, with the help of Ruane as crew for the final five races, battled in the B division to take 15th.

Six sailors represented the Crimson at the Norm Reid Trophy Saturday. Junior Reid Bergund and freshmen William Bloxham, Daniel Leichus, Victor Kamenker and Olivia Kjorlien sailed in the 42 race double round robin tournament hosted by Boston College.

On Sunday, Harvard took the water at Tufts' Lane Trophy. Senior Ames Lyman, Bergsund and freshmen Bennett Capozzi sailed as skippers for the Crimson while Leichus, Kjorlien and Wheeler competed as crew for the Harvard in the triple round robin regatta.

Harvard continues the fall season next weekend with four regattas.