The Crimson finished sixth in its second week of racing this spring (photo courtesy Athletic Communications).
NEW LONDON, Conn. – The No. 17 Harvard coed sailing team turned in a 6-8 performance at Connecticut College's Southern New England Team Race on the Thames River this weekend to take sixth-place overall.
In the 17th edition of the annual event, 10 teams raced in FJs. Harvard notched a 5-4 record after a full day of racing Saturday and went 1-4 on the second day of competition to finish 6-8 for sixth-place. Fifth-ranked Boston College captured first with a 10-4 mark.
The Crimson's vessels were steered by 10 different sailors. Juniors Brian Drumm and Michael Drumm, sophomores Andrew Mollerus and Gram Slattery and freshman Matthew Mollerus served as skippers of Harvard's boats. Seniors Luke O'Connor and Isabel Ruane, sophomores Jacob Bradt and Sydney Karnovksy and freshman Julia Lord competed as the Crimson's crew.
Harvard faced each of its nine opponents on Saturday. The Crimson downed Boston University, Coast Guard, No. 13 Connecticut College, Michigan and Washington, but fell to Boston College, ninth-seeded Roger Williams, seventh-seeded St. Mary's and Vermont.
Sitting in sixth place after day one, Harvard opened the second day of competition with four straight losses. The Crimson was defeated by Eagles, the Hawks, the Catamounts and Seahawks. Harvard concluded the race on a high note however; using top-two finishes to defeat the hosts.
Harvard returns to the water next weekend for its first multiple regatta of the season. The Crimson is set to compete at the 54th Friis Trophy Team Race at Tufts, Boston College's Team Race Invitational and the Central Series 2 cohosted by Boston University and Northeastern.