Harvard Hosts the NEISA Team Race Championship

Harvard Hosts the NEISA Team Race Championship

Coed and women's sailing will also compete at the Emily Wick Trophy and Mystic Lake Team Race (Athletic Communications).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Coming off its most successful weekend of the season, Harvard is set to host the NEISA Team Race Championship April 11-12 on the Charles River. The Crimson will also be represented at the Emily Wick Trophy and the Mystic Lake Team Race.

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Last Time Out
While one regatta was left incomplete due to unsailable conditions, Harvard coed sailing finished first at the BU Trophy and second at the Marchiando Trophy Team Race for its third-straight week with a top-two finish.

Harvard finished first in a weather-shortened BU Trophy. Nick Sertl and Nomin-Erdene Jagdagdorj manned the A-boat, finishing with one win and a top-five result in each race. In the B-division, Bennett Capozzi and Olivia Kjorlien came in eighth, placing in the top-10 in all three races.

In a field of 16 at the Marchiando Trophy Team Race, Harvard finished 12-3 overall, trailing winner Yale by one victory. The Crimson won its first ten matchups of the event, posting the first-place dinghy in nine of the matchups. Harvard finished the day 2-3, falling to Roger Williams, Stanford, and Boston College.

Related Link: Coed Sailing Wins BU Trophy, Places Second at Marchiando Trophy Team Race

About the NEISA Team Race Championship
Harvard will serve as the host for the NEISA Team Race Championship, where 12 NEISA teams will race for the Fowle Trophy. The Crimson took sixth in the event a year ago.

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

About the Emily Wick Trophy
Sailors at the Coast Guard-hosted event will race in FJs and 420s, competing against 12 NEISA schools, three from the MAISA, and one apiece from the PCCSC and SAISA. Harvard finished 17th in 2014.

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

About the Mystic Lake Team Race
Tufts is in charge of the Mystic Lake Team Race, and 10 NEISA programs will take to the water in Larks. The fifth annual edition, Harvard placed fifth a year ago.

Projected Lineup (Skipper/Crew)*: Nick Sertl/Nomin-Erdene Jagdagdorj | Dylan Farrell/Olivia Kjorlien | Bennett Capozzi/Kristin Anderson

*All boat pairings subject to change

Sailors in Boston will compete in 10-15 knot winds with gusts up to 25 knots on Saturday, with conditions easing to 5-10 knot winds on Sunday. In Connecticut, sailors will also see 10-15 knot winds with gusts up to 25 knots on Saturday, though waves could reach heights as high as four feet. Sunday's conditions show 5-10 knot winds with waves at one foot or less.

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Honor Roll
Skipper Michael Drumm was named the NEISA Coed Sailor of the Week on April 8 after a versatile performance at the Marchiando Trophy Team Race.

Drumm helped Harvard to a 12-3 record at the Marchiando Trophy Team Race at MIT, guiding the Crimson to a runner-up finish.  Sailing as a skipper and crew, he pushed Harvard to wins its first 10 matchups, including a win over eventual champion Yale. His top moment in the regatta came after his dinghy capsized. Drumm quickly righted the boat, and was still able to sail to a first-place result in the race.

First Across the Line
Harvard picked up its first win of the spring April 12, ending the BU Trophy on top of the standings. Nick Sertl and Nomin-Erdene Jagdagdorj controlled the A-boat, while Bennett Capozzi and Olivia Kjorlien sailed in the B-division, helping Harvard earn its third win of the year when racing FJs.

Close Margins
Harvard has finished in second-place three times to start the spring season at the Southern New England Team Race, Friis Trophy Team Race, and Marchiando Trophy Team Race. Harvard has placed in the top-two 10 times this season.

By The Numbers
Harvard has raced in many different dinghies throughout the season. Through 44 total regattas, the Crimson has posted the best results sailing Larks, FJs, and in regattas featuring multiple vessels.

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Pairs on the Water

The women's team's pairs of Taylor Ladd and Kristina Jakobson and Sophie Bermudez and Ashleigh Inglis have spent most regattas together. Bermudez and Inglis have finished in the top-six in seven of the team's eight races in 2015, while the duo of Ladd and Jakobson earned their top result at Central Series Six, ending in fifth place.

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 skippered both the A- and B-boats, and has helped Harvard to five top-10 finishes.

Behind the Crimson

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.

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.

Up Next
Harvard will sail at four regattas April 18-19, sending student-athletes to the Owen/Mosbacher/Knapp Trophy (at Yale), Thompson Trophy (at Coast Guard), Oberg Trophy (at MIT/Northeastern), and Savin Central Series Four (at Boston College).