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Sailing Hosts Wood Trophy Team Race, Travels to Navy and St. Mary’s

Sailing Hosts Wood Trophy Team Race, Travels to Navy and St. Mary’s

Harvard finished fifth in its first regatta of the spring season (Athletic Communications).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The second weekend of the season disperses Harvard sailing among three regattas, including serving as hosts for the Wood Trophy Team Race. Sailors will also travel to Maryland for the Navy Women's Spring Regatta and the St. Mary's Team Race.

About the Wood Trophy Team Race
Harvard will host its first of three regattas in the Wood Trophy Team Race on the Charles River, where 10 teams will compete from Saturday, March 5 to Sunday, March 6. Teams will race in FJ vessels and Z420 dinghies throughout the two-day event. 

Projected Lineup: Juan Carlos Perdomo/Christine Gosioco, Nick DiGiovanni/Lena Episalla, Jackson Wagner/Cathering Tang

About the St. Mary's Team Race
FJs and Z420s will sail out of the James P. Muldoon River Center and Waterfront for a 10-team regatta, where the Crimson finished seventh out of 10 teams last year.

Projected Lineup: Andrew Mollerus/Sydney Karnovsky, Marek Zaleski/Julia Lord, Nick Sertl/Nomin Jagdagdorj

About the Navy Women's Spring Regatta
Harvard will travel to Maryland to race against 19 other vessels in the women's only interconference regatta. Two divisions of dinghies will race to the finish in FJ and Z420 vessels to top its 18th-place mark last year.

Projected Lineup: A-Division: Taylor Ladd/Kristen Anderson, B-Division: Taylor Gavula/Divya Arya

Forecast
Saturday on the Charles will see Southwest winds between 10-15 knots with gusts up to 25 knots and waves around 2 feet. On Sunday, vessels will sail with North winds between 5-10 knots and waves a foot or less. In Maryland on Saturday, sailors will experience South winds between 5-10 knots with waves around 1 foot. Sunday will bring South winds between 5-10 knots with waves around 1-2 feet and a chance of showers throughout the day.

For up-to-date forecasts, click here.  

Last Time Out
The Crimson opened up its spring season with a 5-4 mark at the Sharpe Trophy Team Race, hosted by Brown. As a team, Harvard finished fifth making it the seventh top-five result in nine years at the regatta. 

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.

SEAS Profile: Juan Carlos Perdomo, A.B. '18

Juan Carlos Perdomo was featured in a recent student profile by the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences article.

Related Link: SEAS Profile: Juan Perdomo, A.B. '18

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
Multiple Types in Same Regatta
FJ
NC Firefly
420
Z420
Laser

Average Finish
1
2
2
5.5
5.67
6
8
9
10
10.71

Average # of Teams
8
18
8
15
12.42
15.56
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.

Social Stream
Use the Social Stream on GoCrimson.com to stay connected with the Crimson on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube this year. The Social Stream brings the conversation from all four platforms into one convenient location, allowing fans of all Harvard Athletics teams to monitor the action in real time.   

Up Next
Harvard competes in another three regattas including the Southern New England Team Race (Connecticut College), the Geiger Trophy Team Race (MIT), and the St. Mary's Women's Regatta (St. Mary's) from March 19-20. 

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