Four Sailors Travel to Old Dominion for Atlantic Coast Championship

Four Sailors Travel to Old Dominion for Atlantic Coast Championship

The Crimson will be represented at the Atlantic Coast Championship by seniors Mollerus, Karnovsky, and Zaleski and sophomore Ladd (Athletic Communicaions).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. –The A-division of Andrew Mollerus and Sydney Karnovsky and B-division of Marek Zaleski and Julia Lord will travel to Norfolk, Virginia to compete at Old Dominion for the InterCollegiate Sailing Association Match Race Championship from Nov. 14-15.

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About the Atlantic Coast Championship
Two divisions of vessels sailing in FJ dinghies will compete among 18 teams at the regatta hosted by Old Dominion in a two-day competition.

Projected Lineup*: A-division: Andrew Mollerus and Sydney Karnovsky | B-division: Marek Zaleski and Julia Lord

*All boat pairings subject to change due to wind conditions 

Forecast
In Virginia, the pairings will see Northwest winds from 15-20 knots diminishing to 10-15 knots and waves around 1 foot. On Sunday, winds will range from 5-10 knots with waves around 1 foot as well.

For up-to-date forecasts, click here.  

Last Time Out
Juan Carlos Perdomo recorded a runner-up finish for the second time at the ICSA Men's Singlehanded National Championship. He tallied nine top-10 marks in the 11-race regatta, including four first-place results for a total of 47 points, only three behind the champion, Malcolm Lamphere from Yale. Sophomore Taylor Ladd placed 13th in her first appearance at the women's championship. Ladd earned four top-10 marks totaling 126 points. The Crimson also competed in the Mike Horn Trophy where it placed fifth among six teams and the Hap Moore Team Race where it placed ninth among the other 11 teams. 

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 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. 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 and most recently on Nov. 7 for their eight top-five finishes at the 12-race Schell Trophy, recording 54 points, the best at the race.

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 

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
Nick Sertl, Jacob Bradt and Taylor Ladd travel to Charleston, South Carolina from Nov. 20-22 to sail in the ICSA Match Race National Championship, hosted by the College of Charleston.