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Sailing Opens Spring Season with Single Regatta

Sailing Opens Spring Season with Single Regatta

After a successful fall season, the Crimson aims for similar results (Athletic Communications).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – In its opening regatta of 2016, Harvard sailing ventures to Rhode Island to compete in the Sharpe Trophy Team Race, hosted by Brown, at the Edgewood Yacht Club from March 5-6.

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About the Sharpe Trophy Team Race
Ten vessels will compete in the Sharpe Trophy Team Race from Saturday, March 5 to Sunday, March 6. Schools will race in FJ vessels and Z420 dinghies throughout the two-day event. Harvard has posted top-five results from 2009-13 at the regatta, including a first-place mark in 2011.

Projected Lineup: Skippers: Andrew Mollerus, Marek Zaleski, Nick Sertl, Nick DiGiovanni; Crew: Sydney Karnovsky, Julia Lord, Nomin-Erdene Jagdagdorj; Heavy-air crew: Kevin Coakley

Forecast
On Saturday, sailors will experience Northwest winds between 10-15 knots with gusts up to 20 knots and waves around 2 feet. Sunday will bring North winds at around 5 knots with waves 1 foot or less.

For up-to-date forecasts, click here.  

Wrapping Up the Fall
At the conclusion of the fall season, Harvard's two squads produced 31 top-10 marks. Results included a title at the New England Men's Singlehanded Championship from Juan Carlos Perdomo and a fifth-place finish from Taylor Ladd at the New England Women's Singlehanded Championship, both Perdomo and Ladd qualified for the ICSA Championships. Perdomo recorded a runner-up finish at the men's championships, while Ladd tallied a 13th-place mark at the women's. Additionally, a vessel including Nick Sertl, Jacob Bradt, and Ladd captured a first-place finish at the New England Match Race Championship qualifying them for the ICSA Match Race National Championship where the dinghy finished sixth.

National Stage
This fall was 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 was 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 where he posted a runner-up finish.
  • 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 was the first member of the Crimson to qualify for the regatta since Megan Watson '09 in 2008. She traveled to Old Dominion with Perdomo to compete in the ICSA Women's Singlehanded National Championship placing 13th.
  • 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 marked the first time since 2001 that the Crimson had won the regatta. The trio traveled to Norfolk, South Carolina for the ICSA Match Race National Championship where it tallied a sixth-place finish.  

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. 20. 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 on Nov. 7 for their win at the Schell Trophy.

By the Numbers
Harvard has raced in many different dinghies throughout the fall season. Through 33 regattas, the Crimson has posted the best results sailing in Ynglings, Radial, and J-70 vessels.

Boat Type
Yngling
Radial
J-70
Lark
FJ
Multiple Types in Same Regatta
NC Firefly
420
Z420
Laser
Average Finish
1
2
2
5.5
6
6.33
8
9
10
10.71
Average # of Teams
8
18
8
15
15.56
14.83
16
18
18
19.67


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
Oct. 2
Oct. 15
Oct. 29
Nov. 11
Nov. 25
Ranking
13th
6th
8th
5th
6th
Total Points
168
285
250
275
191

 

COED
Yale
Georgetown
Coast Guard
Charleston
Boston College
Harvard
St. Mary's
Old Dominion
Boston University
Navy
Bowdoin
Stanford
Dartmouth
MIT
George Washington
SUNY Maritime
Hobart/Wm. Smith
Brown
Tufts
UC Santa Barbara
TOTAL POINTS
262
261
252
241
231
191
188
176
162
112
110
105
98
91
73
73
62
54
28
24


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
Junior Nomin-Erdene Jagdagdorj and sophomore Nick Sertl were named captains for the spring season. Sertl was part of the vessel that placed first at the New England Match Race Championship qualifying it for the ICSA Match Race National Championship where it recorded a sixth-place finish.

Up Next
The Crimson will compete in three regattas March 12-13 including hosting its first spring regatta in the Wood Trophy Team Race. The team will also travel to Maryland for the Women's Navy Regatta hosted by Navy and the St. Mary's Team Race hosted by St. Mary's.

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