Ladd and Perdomo Vie for National Titles, Coed Vessels Conclude Fall Season

Sophomore Ladd will compete in her first ICSA Singlehanded Championship (Athletic Communications). 

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Sophomore Taylor Ladd and junior Juan Carlos Perdomo will travel to Norfolk, Virginia to compete at Old Dominion for the InterCollegiate Sailing Association Singlehanded Championship from Nov. 6-8. The Crimson will also host the Mike Horn Trophy Team Race and travel to Coast Guard for the Hap Moore Team Race.

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Last Time Out
The pairings of including Andrew Mollerus and Sydney Karnovsky and Marek Zaleski and Julia Lord qualified for the Atlantic Coast Championship by placing third at the 74th Schell Trophy. This marks the seventh time in eight years that Harvard has qualified for the championship which will take place from Nov. 14-15 at Old Dominion. The freshmen A-division pairing of Jackson Wagner and Divya Arya and the B-division pairing of Nick Karnovsky and Alejandra Resendiz sailed to 12 top-10 marks at the New England Freshman Championship. At the Victorian Urn, Taylor Ladd and Emma Wheeler, in the A-division, and Taylor Gavula and Kristin Jakobson, in the B-division registered 104 and 112 points, respectively failing to qualify for the Women's Atlantic Coast Championship. 

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 qualified 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 Singlehanded 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.
  • 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 will travel to Norfolk, 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 performance 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.

Sailing World College Rankings
Sailing World's College Rankings, presented by Gill and Sailors for the Sea, are determined by an open coaches' poll and are released bi-weekly.

Week Ranking Total Points
Oct. 2 13th 168
Oct. 15 6th 285
Oct. 29 8th 250


 Coed Total Points
 Georgetown[11] 397 
 Yale[6] 388
 Boston College [1] 356 
 Charleston[1] 343
 Coast Guard 283 
 St. Mary's 272 
 Dartmouth 253 
 Harvard 250 
 Roger Williams 232 
 MIT[1] 191 
 Brown 190 
 Stanford 176 
 Old Dominion 157 
 Tufts 145 
 Boston University 142 
 Navy 114 
 Bowdoin 89 
 Fordham 74 
 George Washington 62 
 Eckerd 49 

Also receiving votes: Hobart/Wm. Smith, Connecticut College, Univ. Pennsylvania, Hawaii, King's Point, South Florida, Wisconsin, Univ. Rhode Island, Texas A&M, UC Santa Barbara, Vermont, Hampton, Baylor, UC Berkeley, SUNY Maritime, Southern California, Salve Regina, Western Washington, Christopher Newport, Cornell 

About the ICSA Singlehanded Championship
Taylor Ladd will compete for the Janet Lutz Trophy as she sails in Laser Radial while Juan Carlos Perdomo will navigate in Laser Standard dinghies for the Glen S. Foster Trophy at the Men's National Singlehanded Championship.

Projected Lineup*: Women's Division: Taylor Ladd | Men's Division: Juan Carlos Perdomo

About the Mike Horn Trophy Team Race
Harvard hosts its final regatta of the fall season as Roger Williams, MIT, Tufts, Boston University and Boston College sail in FJ vessels in the in-conference regatta. 

Projected Lineup* (Skipper/Crew): Andrew Puopolo / Emma Wheeler, Dylan Farrell / Christine Gosioco, Taylor Gavula / Catherine Tang 

About the Hap Moore Team Race
The Crimson will travel to New Haven, Connecticut to sail in FJ and 420 vessels in the team race hosted by Coast Guard. 

Projected Lineup* (Skipper/Crew): Nick Sertl / Nomin Jagdagdorj, Nick DiGiovanni / Pricilla Russo, Jackson Wagner / Olivia Kjorlien, heavy air specialist: Nick Karnovsky 

*All boat pairings subject to change due to wind conditions 

In Virginia, Perdomo and Ladd will sail with 5 knots of Southwest winds becoming Southwest in the afternoon on Friday with waves 1-2 feet. Saturday and Sunday brings North winds at 5-10 knots and 15-20 knots, respectively. Both days have waves predicted at three feet with a chance of showers on Saturday. In Connecticut, teams will sail with Northwest winds around 10-15 knots and seas around 2 feet on Saturday and Sunday. The forecast in Massachusetts will include West winds on Saturday around 10 knots with gusts up to 20 knots and waves 1-2 feet. Sunday is predicted to have Northwest winds 10-15 knots diminishing to 5-10 knots in the afternoon and gusts up to 20 knots with waves at a foot or less.

For up-to-date forecasts, click here.  

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
Andrew Mollerus and Sydney Karnovsky, in the A-division, and Marek Zaleski and Julia Lord, in the B-division, will travel to Norfolk, Va. to compete in the Atlantic Coast Championship from Nov. 14-15.