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Coed and Women’s Sailing Venture to Navy and St. Mary’s (Md.)

Coed and Women’s Sailing Venture to Navy and St. Mary’s (Md.)

Harvard women's sailing opened with a fourth-place result at College of Charleston (Athletic Communications).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – After an idle week due to the snow and ice on the Charles River, Harvard coed sailing will compete in the St. Mary's Team Race while the women's team will race at the Navy Women's Interconference Regatta on March 14-15.

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Last Time Out
In its opening event of the spring season, the women's sailing team finished fourth at the Charleston Women's Interconference Regatta. Racing FJs and 420s, Sophie Bermudez and Ashleigh Inglis posted a seventh-place result in the A-division that included five top-five finishes and 12 top-10 marks, while Taylor Ladd and Emma Wheeler came in second in the B-division, hovering near the top of the leaderboard for the entire regatta after recording seven top-three results.

Related Link: Women's Sailing Finishes Fourth in Spring Debut

About the St. Mary's Team Race
Eight teams will take to the water at St. Mary's (Md.) in a regatta that will feature five MAISA teams, two NEISA squads, and one school from the PCCSC. The sailors will race FJs and Z420s in the event.

Projected Lineup (Skipper/Crew): Brian Drumm/Jake Bradt | Michael Drumm/Kevin Coakley | Andrew Mollerus/Sydney Karnovsky

About the Navy Women's Interconference Regatta
The Crimson will race in a field of 20 at the Navy Women's Interconference Regatta, including three other schools from the NEISA. For its second-straight outing, the women's team will race 420s and FJs.

Projected Lineup (Skipper/Crew): A-division: Sophie Bermudez/Ashleigh Inglis | B-division: Taylor Ladd/Kristina Jakobson

*All boat pairings subject to change

Forecast
Sailors at the St. Mary's regatta on southern Chesapeake Bay, will face rainy conditions on Saturday with sustained winds at 10-15 knots and waves at 2-3 feet. Conditions mellow slightly on Sunday, with winds at 10-15 knots coupled with three-foot waves. At Navy, sailing on northern Chesapeake Bay, the Crimson will face 10 knot winds and one foot waves amidst rainy conditions on Saturday and 10-15 knot winds with 1-2 foot waves on Sunday.

For up-to-date forecasts, click here.

Fun in Fall
As the fall season progressed, the Crimson turned in consistent results near the top of the leaderboards. From October to November, 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

6.83

15.89

COED

6.19

15.23

WOMEN

8

16.29

FALL SEASON

6.91

15.94

SPRING SEASON

4

14

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

3.86

16.14


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
Sailors at the St. Mary's regatta on southern Chesapeake Bay, will face rainy conditions on Saturday with sustained winds at 10-15 knots and waves at 2-3 feet. Conditions mellow slightly on Sunday, with winds at 10-15 knots coupled with three-foot waves. At Navy, sailing on northern Chesapeake Bay, the Crimson will face 10 knot winds and one foot waves amidst rainy conditions on Saturday and 10-15 knot winds with 1-2 foot waves on Sunday.

For up-to-date forecasts, click here.

Behind the Crimson

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 five top-ten finishes.

Fall Mid-Season Review

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 sails March 21-22 at the Southern New England Team Race, hosted by Connecticut College, and at the Geiger Trophy Team Race at MIT.

 
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