Perdomo tallied his second runner-up finish at the Men's Singlehanded National Championship (Athletic Communications).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Juan Carlos Perdomo recorded a runner-up finish at the ICSA Men's Singlehanded National Championship in Norfolk, Virginia over the weekend while teammate Taylor Ladd finished 13th-of-18 at women's championship.
The junior tallied nine top-10 finishes in the 11-race regatta, including four first-place marks. After day one of competition, Perdomo sat sixth in the 18-sailor field with only three races under their belts due to the wind conditions. As he made his way to the top, Perdomo ended the regatta with 47 points, only three behind the champion, Malcolm Lamphere from Yale.
"Juan sailed a great regatta to finish second in an extremely competitive fleet," stated head coach Mike O'Connor. "The light air on the first day made it difficult to recover from any mistakes because the speed differences among the fleet were minimized. On Sunday when the breeze was up, Juan was the fastest boat in the fleet. He almost overcame a 12 point deficit in the final 3 races.
Perdomo also finished second at the 2013 ICSA Men's Singlehanded National Championship as a freshman.
Ladd placed 13th in her first appearance at the women's championship. The sophomore earned four top-10 marks totaling 126 points.
"Taylor made the most of the weather conditions, which favored her as one of the smaller sailors in the fleet," remarked O'Connor. "She does not sail Laser Radials on a regular basis like all of her competitors, so having qualified was a major accomplishment in and of itself. On the second day, in the big breeze she struggled to keep up with the larger players. But she kept working hard all day, and she gained some valuable experience, which will help her going forward."
The Crimson also competed in two team races, the Mike Horn Trophy hosted by Harvard and the Hap Moore Team Race, hosted by Coast Guard. At the Mike Horn Trophy, the vessel of skippers Dylan Farrell, Taylor Gavula and Andrew Puopolo and crew of Christine Gosioco, Catherine Tang and Emma Wheeler recorded a fifth-place finish among the six teams. Harvard sailed to three wins over MIT in round 1 and MIT and Roger Williams in Round 2.
Skippers Nick DiGiovanni, Nick Sertl and Jackson Wagner and crew Pricilla Russo, Nomin-Erdene Jagdagdorj and Olivia Kjorlien finished ninth among the 11 other teams at the Hap Moore Team Race. Harvard posted eight victories, including two over New York Maritime, two over Old Dominion, two over Vermont, one over MIT and one over Roger Williams.
Andrew Mollerus and Sydney Karnovsky, in the A-division, and Marek Zaleski and Julia Lord, in the B-division, will travel to Norfolk, Virginia to compete in the Atlantic Coast Championship from Nov. 14-15.