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Sailing Prepares for Two Qualifiers and One Championship Regatta

Sailing Prepares for Two Qualifiers and One Championship Regatta

The Crimson sails at three regattas this weekend including its own Victorian Urn (Athletic Communications). 

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard sailing will navigate vessels in three regattas this weekend including a home race to capture the Victorian Urn. Pairings will also compete at the Schell Trophy hosted by MIT and the Nickerson Trophy hosted by Tufts.

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Last Time Out
The Crimson posted a fourth-place result at Central Series Six with the vessel of Nick Karnovsky and Alejandra Resendiz in the B-division leading the way and Dylan Farrell and Zoe Kessler in the A-division. Harvard also sailed to ninth, 10th and 11th-place finishes at the Oberg Trophy, Hoyt Trophy and Mrs. Hurst Bowl, respectively.

National Stage
This is the first time since 2000 that Harvard has had three vessels qualify for national championships:

  • Junior Juan Carlos Perdomo breezed past 27 other sailors en route to the NEISA Men's Singlehanded Championship. Perdomo is the fourth member of the Crimson to win the championship regatta and first since Kyle Kovacs '08 in 2008. The victory qualifies Perdomo for the ICSA Men's Singlehanded National Championship hosted by Old Dominion from Nov. 6-8.
  • Sophomore Taylor Ladd clinched the last spot to compete in the ICSA Women's National Championship after finishing fifth in the NEISA Women's Singlehanded Championship. Ladd is the first member of the Crimson to qualify for the regatta since Megan Watson '09 in 2008. She will be traveling to Old Dominion with Perdomo to compete in the ICSA Women's Singlehanded National Championship from Nov. 6-8, since he qualified for nationals in 2013 and placed second at the regatta.
  • Skipper Nick Sertl and crews Jacob Bradt and Taylor Ladd captured a first-place finish at the New England Match Race Championship Oct. 17-18. The victory marks the first time since 2001 that the Crimson has won the regatta. The trio travels to Charleston, South Carolina for the ICSA Match Race National Championship from Nov. 20-22, where Harvard last placed 10th in 2005.  

NEISA Coed Sailors of the Week
Junior Juan Carlos Perdomo was named NEISA Coed Sailor of the Week on Sept. 30 after being crowned champion of the NEISA Men's Singlehanded Championship. Teammates Andrew Mollerus and Sydney Karnovsky were also named NEISA Coed Sailors of the Week on Oct. 14 for their first-place feat at the Moody Trophy. Nick Sertl, Jacob Bradt and Taylor Ladd were presented the honor as well after their victory at the New England Match Race Championship on Oct. 18.  

About the Victorian Urn
Harvard hosts its fourth regatta of the season where pairings will sail in FJ vessels. Last time at this regatta, the Crimson posted an 11th-place finish at Dartmouth. The Victorian Urn serves as the qualifier for the Women's Atlantic Coast Championship.

Projected Lineup*:  A-Division: Taylor Ladd / Emma Wheeler | B-Division: Taylor Gavula / Kristin Jakobson 

About the Schell Trophy
MIT will host the 74th Erwin Schell Trophy which serves as the Fall New England Championship. The two divisions will switch off between FJ dinghies and Fireflies. Harvard's last appearance included a sixth-place result qualifying it for the Atlantic Coast Championship. 

Projected Lineup* (Skipper/Crew): A-Division: Andrew Mollerus / Sydney Karnovsky | B-Division: Marek Zaleski / Julia Lord

About the Nickerson Trophy
By invite only, two divisions of freshman sailors will sail out of Tufts' Sailing Team Boat House for the New England Freshman Championship/Nickerson Trophy. Harvard combined for an eighth-place mark last year. 

Projected Lineup* (Skipper/Crew): A-Division: Jackson Wagner / Divya Arya | B-Division: Nick Karnovsky / Alejandra Resendiz

*All boat pairings subject to change due to wind conditions 

Leading the Way
Head coach Michael O'Connor leads the sailing program in his 19th season at Harvard. Since he took over the Crimson program in 1997, Harvard has won a pair of national team race championships (2002, 2003), as well as a national coed championship (2003) and a women's national title (2005).  

Aye Aye Captain
Seniors Andrew Mollerus and Sydney Karnovsky were named captains for a second straight year. Both were named to the 2015 ICSA All-Academic Sailing Team and Karnovsky was named to the ICSA All-America team as crew.  

Up Next
Harvard will host the Mike Horn Trophy Team Race from Nov. 7-8 while also traveling to Coast Guard for the Hap Moore Team Race and Salve Regina for the Sister Esther Open. Juan Carlos Perdomo and Taylor Ladd head south to Charleston, South Carolina for the ICSA Singlehanded National Championships hosted by Old Dominion from Nov. 6-8.

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