Sertl, Bradt, Ladd and DiGiovanni Eyes the ICSA Match Race National Championship

Sertl, Bradt, Ladd and DiGiovanni Eyes the ICSA Match Race National Championship

The quartet of Sertl, Bradt Ladd, and DiGiovanni travel to Charleston, South Carolina for the ICSA Match Race National Championship (Athletic Communications).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Nick Sertl, Jacob Bradt, Taylor Ladd, and Nick DiGiovanni travel to Charleston, South Carolina for the ICSA Match Race National Championship from Nov. 20-22. 

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About the ICSA Match Race National Championship
Ten vessels will compete for the ICSA Match Race National Championship, hosted by the College of Charleston, in Charleston, South Carolina in the three-day regatta. Competitors vying for the national title include: Harvard, Georgetown, St. Mary's College of Maryland, Michigan, Dartmouth, Oregon State, University of California Santa Barbara, Eckerd College, College of Charleston and Texas A&M University Galveston. Harvard qualified for the national championship by winning the title at the New England Match Race Championship on Oct. 18. Originally the Sloop Championships, the Crimson last competed in the regatta in 2005 when they recorded a 10th-place finish at Gull Lake, Michigan.

 Schedule for the weekend (depending on breeze and current):
Friday November 20
0800-0900 Registration and Crew Weighing
0900 Competitor's Briefing/Meeting with Umpires
1000 First warning of Flight 1
Immediately following racing     Umpire Debriefing
1830 Dinner and social hosted by Carolina Yacht Club
Saturday November 21
0900 Competitor's Briefing/Meeting with Umpires
1000 First Warning
Immediately following racing Umpire Debriefing
1830 Dinner and social hosted by Zhik
Sunday November 22
0900 Competitor's Briefing/Meeting with Umpires
1000 First Warning
1500 No Flight shall start after 1500
1600 Prize Giving

Projected Lineup: Nick Sertl, Jacob Bradt, Taylor Ladd and Nick DiGiovanni

Forecast
On Friday, J22 dinghies will see North winds at 15 knots while Saturday there will be Northeast winds at 5-10 knots. Sunday's winds will shift back to North winds with gusts from 10-15 knots.

For up-to-date forecasts, click here.  

Last Time Out
Andrew Mollerus and Sydney Karnovsky, in the A-division, and Marek Zaleski and Julia Lord, in the B-division, placed seventh out of 18 teams at the Atlantic Coast Championship hosted by Old Dominion. Mollerus and Karnovsky sailed to nine top-10 results including a first place finish while Zaleski and Lord added five top-10 marks totaling 169 points.

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 win at the Schell Trophy.

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

Nov. 11

5th

275

 

 Coed

Total Points

Georgetown [14]

366

Boston College [1]

344

Yale [3]

339

Charleston

315

Harvard

275

Coast Guard

267

St. Mary's

262

Boston University [1]

227

MIT

199

Stanford

178

Dartmouth

164

George Washington

160

Bowdoin

132

Brown

118

Tufts

97

Roger Williams

96

Old Dominion

90

Navy

76

Cornell

61

Hobart/Wm. Smith

53

Also receiving votes: Eckerd, SUNY Maritime, Univ. Pennsylvania, Fordham, Univ. Virginia, Florida, UC Santa Barbara, Vermont, Hawaii, South Florida, Southern California, Kind's Point, UC Berkeley, Western Washington

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
The Crimson will take a break as it prepares for its spring season.