Women’s Sailing Opens Spring Schedule at Charleston Women’s Interconference Regatta

Women’s Sailing Opens Spring Schedule at Charleston Women’s Interconference Regatta

Harvard women's sailing posted four top-10 finishes during the fall schedule (Athletic Communications).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – In the opening regatta of 2015, Harvard women's sailing ventures south to compete in the Charleston Women's Interconference Regatta from February 28-March 1 at the J. Stewart Walker Sailing Complex. The first race will take place at 10 a.m.

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About the Charleston Women's Interconference Regatta
The Crimson will race FJs and 420s at the College of Charleston-hosted regatta, and will compete in a field of 16 schools from around the country. Three other NEISA teams are slated to attend, as well as schools from the MAISA, MCSA, PCCSC, SAISA and SEISA.

Projected Lineup (Skipper/Crew): A-division: Sophie Bermudez/Ashleigh Inglis | B-division: Taylor Ladd/Emma Wheeler | Alternate: Ari Gross

*All boat pairings subject to change

Fun in Fall
As the fall season progressed, the Crimson turned in consistent results near the top of the leaderboards. Since the start of October, Harvard's two squads combined to place 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

6.91

15.94

COED

6.19

15.23

WOMEN

8.67

16.67

FJ

7.33

14.33

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


Fall Pairs
During the fall season, Taylor Ladd and Kristina Jakobson were commonly featured in the A-division while Sophie Bermudez and Ashleigh Inglis took control of the B-division dinghy. Bermudez and Inglis finished in the B-division top-six in all six regattas, including a third-place result at the Toni Deutsch Regatta. Ladd and Jakobson earned their top result at Central Series Six, ending in fifth place.

Forecast
Charleston Harbor will see winds at 15-20 knots with gusts up to 25 knots on both Saturday and Sunday with waves at 1-2 feet.

For up-to-date forecasts, click here.

Mid-Season Review

Keeping It Fresh
The Crimson's freshmen class has hit the water sailing to begin its 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 helped Harvard to four top-ten finishes.

Last Time Out
Harvard women's sailing last competed at the Victorian Coffee Urn Trophy on November 1, sailing to an 11th-place finish. Sophie Bermudez and Ashleigh Inglis paced the squad with a fourth-place result in the B-division, winning one race and finishing in the top-five five times. Taylor Ladd and Kristina Jakobson finished 16th in the A-division, and posted two top-10s.

Related Link: Coed Sailing Posts Pair of Top-10 Results at Schell and Nickerson Trophies

Behind the Crimson

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.

A Year Ago
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 returns to Cambridge to host the Sharpe Trophy Team Race, scheduled for March 7-8.