Coed Sailing Concludes Fall Season at Atlantic Coast Championship

Coed Sailing Concludes Fall Season at Atlantic Coast Championship

Coast Guard hosts Harvard's final regatta of the calendar year (Athletic Communications).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard coed sailing will race its final regatta of the fall at the Atlantic Coast Championship after qualifying for the competition at the Schell Trophy.

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About the Atlantic Coast Championship
The Crimson will race FJ's for the third time in eight days as Coast Guard plays host to the Atlantic Coast Championship. Harvard earned the right to compete with a sixth-place finish at the Schell Trophy Nov. 1-2, where the top-eight teams qualified for the regatta. The coed sailing team has qualified in each of the past seven seasons, and finished 14th a year ago.

Projected Lineup* (Skipper/Crew): A-division: Brian Drumm/Jacob Bradt | B-division: Andrew Mollerus/Sydney Karnovsky

*All boat pairings subject to change

Fun in Fall
As the fall season has progressed, the Crimson has turned in consistent results near the top of the leaderboards. Since the start of October, Harvard placed in the top-five in nine regattas and in the top-10 in 16 out of 21 team contests.

Mix It up
Harvard has had success racing in a variety of boats this season.  The Crimson was victorious at Central Series One, where both Lark and 420 vessels were raced, and sailed to second-place results at the Nevins Trophy, which involved 420s, FJs and Lasers, and the Firefly/FJ Invitational, where FJ and NC Firefly dinghies were raced. Harvard also picked up a win at the Norm Reid Trophy and Hap Moore Trophy Team Races, where FJs were used. 

By The Numbers
Harvard has raced in many different dinghies throughout the fall season. Through 33 regattas, the Crimson has posted the best results sailing Larks and in regattas featuring multiple vessels.

Boat Type

Average Finish

Average # of Teams

TOTAL

6.79

15.85

COED

6

15.08

WOMEN

8.67

16.67

FJ

7

13.91

Lark

4.75

13.25

420

7.33

19

Z420

9.8

17.8

NC Firefly

10

18

Laser

8.5

22

Radial

12

18

Yngling

4

8

Multiple Types in Same Regatta

3.83

16.5

Mid-Season Review



In a Related Story
Harvard has two sets of brothers that compete as skippers on the sailing team in Brian and Michael Drumm, and Andrew and Matthew Mollerus. In seven regattas featuring at least one of each brotherly duo, Harvard has posted one win, three top-five's and six top-10's.

Keeping It Fresh
The Crimson's freshman class has hit the water sailing to begin their collegiate careers. For the coed team, Kevin Coakley and Nick Sertl have both competed in the A-division in many of the top regattas, helping the Crimson to a bevy of top-ten results. On the women's side, Taylor Ladd has consistently skippered the A-boat, and has finished in the top-10 in four out of seven competitions.

Forecast
Traveling to New London, Connecticut, sailors will see good sailing conditions, with winds at 10-15 knots on Saturday with gusts up to 25 knots. For the second day of the regatta, morning winds will hover around 5-10 knots and increase to 10 to 15 knots in the afternoon.

For up-to-date forecasts, click here.

 

Behind the Crimson

Last Time Out
Coed sailing picked up its third victory of the fall, posting an 11-3 record at the Hap Moore Trophy Team Race. After winning nine first-round matchups, the Crimson went 2-1 in the finals to secure the regatta's title. The coed team also placed second in a field of 19 at the Sister Esther Open, and posted three wins at the Mike Horn Trophy Team Race.

Related Link: Coed Sailing Wins Hap Moore Trophy Team Race

Leading the Way
Harvard sailing head coach Michael O'Connor is in his 18th season at the helm of the Crimson fleet. Since he took over the Crimson program in 1997, Harvard has won national team race championships in 2002 and 2003, as well as the 2003 national coed championship and the women's national title in 2005.

Aye Aye, Captain
Juniors Andrew Mollerus and Sydney Karnovsky were named team captains for the 2014 schedule. Mollerus will lead the coed team, while Karnovsky takes charge of the women's squad.

Last Year
The Crimson returns to the water after a successful 2013-14 season that included 23 top-five finishes and wins at the Harvard Invitational and Charles River Invitational. Harvard concluded the year at the ICSA National Championships, where it placed 18th overall.

Up Next
Harvard is off until spring after completing its fall schedule.