Two Regattas in Store for Coed and Women’s Sailing

Two Regattas in Store for Coed and Women’s Sailing

Coed sailing took second at the Southern New England Team Race a week ago (Athletic Communications).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – As ice obstructs the schedule for the fourth-straight week, Harvard coed and women's sailing will race at two regattas March28-29. Locally, the Crimson will compete at the NEISA-MAISA Team Race at Boston College, while also sailing at the Friis Trophy Team Race at Roger Williams.

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Last Time Out
Competing in the Southern New England Team Race, hosted by Connecticut College, Harvard coed sailing posted its best result of the spring season with a second-place finish.

The team race format pitted three Harvard boats against three from the opponent, with each boat taking first through sixth place. The lowest combined score between all three tandems of sailors won the matchup.

Harvard ended with the first-place boat in all four of its head-to-head challenges, and posted the top-two dinghys in two of the four races. The Crimson started off with a defeat at the sails of Vermont, but rattled off three-straight triumphs over MIT, Connecticut College and Coast Guard to finish 3-1.

Related Link: Coed Sailing Finishes Second at Weather-Shortened Southern New England Team Race

About the Friis Trophy Team Race
Originally scheduled to be hosted by Harvard, Roger Williams will host the Friis Trophy. Seven NEISA Teams will take to the water, sailing Larks.

Projected Lineup (Skipper/Crew): Brian Drumm/Jacob Bradt | Michael Drumm/Kevin Coakley | Gram Slattery/Julia Lord | Marek Zeleski/Sydney Karnovsky

About the NEISA-MAISA Team Race
Boston College hosts the NEISA-MAISA Team Race, where four NEISA schools and two MAISA programs will sail for the championship. The teams will be racing in FJs.

Projected Lineup (Skipper/Crew): Nick Sertl/Nomin-Erdene Jagdagdorj | Taylor Ladd/Kristina Jakobson | Dylan Farrell/Olivia Kjorlien | Bennett Capozzi/Ari Gross

*All boat pairings subject to change

Sailors in Boston will compete in 10-15 knot winds on Saturday with wind gusts up to 20 knots. Snow is possible for the first day of competition. On Sunday, winds mellow to 5-10 knots with waves at one foot or less. On Narragansett Bay in Rhode Island, Harvard's student-athletes will race with 10-15 knot winds and gusts up to 25 knots. Like in Boston, there is a chance of snow on the first day of sailing. On Sunday, sailors will face 5-10 knot winds with waves at one foot.

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 39 total regattas, the Crimson has posted the best results sailing Larks, FJs, and in regattas featuring multiple vessels.

Boat Type

Average Finish

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Multiple Types in Same Regatta



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.

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-10 results. On the women's side, Taylor Ladd has consistently skippered the A-boat, and has helped Harvard to five top-10 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 hosts Central Series Three and will travel to compete at the Marchiando Trophy Team Race (at MIT), BU Trophy (at Boston University), and Dellenbaugh Trophy (at Brown) April 4-5.