C-division pairing of Perdomo and Coakley help the Crimson come from behind after remarkable sailing (Athletic Communications).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard sailing team captured a fifth-place finish at the Nevins Trophy hosted by U.S. Merchant Marine Academy this past weekend. Juan Carlos Perdomo and Kevin Coakley sailed in Laser vessels and led the Crimson with 11 first-place finishes in the 18-race regatta.
In Great Neck, New York, the Crimson posted 26 top-five finishes out of the 54 races in three divisions. The pairing of Marek Zaleski and Julia Lord finished with 132 points in the A-division, Jackson Wagner and Olivia Kjorlien ended the day with 235 points and Perdomo and Coakley recorded only 32 points giving Harvard a fifth-place finish in the two-day regatta.
Sailing in NC Fireflys and FJ dinghys, Harvard closed out the Hatch Brown Trophy, hosted by MIT, with a ninth-place finish. Skipper and crew pairing of Andrew Mollerus and Sydney Karnovsky chipped in five top-five finishes for a total of 111 points. Pairings of Nick Sertl, Normin-Erdine Jagdagdorj and Nick DiGiovanni, Priscillia Russo recorded 143 and 159 tallies, respectively, giving the Crimson the go-ahead nod to beat Brown in the head-to-head tiebreaker for ninth place.
The women's team ranked 10th of 18 teams at the Stu Nelson Trophy after performances from Sophie Bermudez and Emma Wheeler in the A-division posting 121 points. Hosted by Connecticut College, the B-division pairing of Taylor Ladd and Ari Gross ended the two-day regatta with 127 points giving Harvard a total of 248 for a 10th-place finish.
Next weekend, Sept. 26-27, the Crimson will compete at Tufts for the Hood Trophy and Boston University for the Regis Bowl. Four sailors will also represent Harvard at the New England Singlehanded Championship hosted by Yale, including Juan Carlos Perdomo, Marek Zaleski, Andrew Puopolo and Jackson Wagner. The top four finishers at the championship will qualify for the Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association Singlehanded Nationals.