Three Regattas in Store for Sailing

Three Regattas in Store for Sailing

The Crimson disperses among three regattas this weekend (Athletic Communications).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard sailing will stay local as it competes in the NEISA/MAISA Team Race (Boston College) and the BU Team Race Invitational (Boston University), while also traveling to Connecticut for the Friis Trophy Team Race hosted by Coast Guard from March 26-27. 

About the NEISA/MAISA Team Race
Boston College is hosting the NEISA/MAISA Team Race where sailors will compete in FJ vessels with a six-team rotation including; Harvard, Coast Guard, Boston College, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Roger Williams, and Yale.

Projected Lineup: Nick DiGiovanni/Lena Episalla, Taylor Ladd/Kevin Coakley, Dylan Farrell/Christine Gosioco

About the BU Team Race Invitational
The BU Team Race Invitational will be a one-day regatta where six teams sail in FJ dinghies. Schools will include Harvard, Boston University, Boston College, Roger Williams, Bowdoin and Tufts.

Projected Lineup: Jackson Wagner/Divya Arya, Nick Karnovsky/Priscilla Russo. Andrew Puopolo/Catherine Tang

About the Friis Trophy Team Race
At the 56th Friis Trophy Team Race, hosted by Coast Guard, eight teams will compete in FJ and Z420 vessels in the interconference regatta. The two-day race rotations will include Harvard, Fordham, Dartmouth, Coast Guard, Brown, George Washington, MIT, and Roger Williams. 

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

Saturday in Massachusetts, the sailors will experience North winds around 10 knots becoming Northeast in the afternoon with waves around 2 feet. Sunday's forecast includes East winds around 5 knots and waves 1 foot or less. Vessels sailing out of Connecticut will see Southwest winds at 10-15 knots with gusts up to 25 knots and seas around 2-3 feet with a chance of rain. Sunday's forecast predicts Southeast winds around 5 feet and seas at about 2 feet. 

For up-to-date forecasts, click here.  

Last Time Out
Harvard competed in three regattas and finished second at the Southern New England Team Race, hosted by Connecticut College, matching its result from last year. Sailors also competed at the Ike Geiger Team Race, hosted by MIT, and tallied a 10-11 record. With a 9-5 advantage after two rounds, the Crimson fell with a 1-6 mark in round three, putting them fifth among eight teams.

The Crimson also finished 10th out of 18 teams at the St. Mary's Women's Interconference Regatta. The A-division of Taylor Ladd and Kristin Anderson tallied 148 points, good for fifth place in the division, while the B-division of Taylor Gavula and Lena Episalla totaled 180 points. 

By the Numbers
Harvard has raced in many different dinghies throughout the fall and spring season. Through 40 regattas, the Crimson has posted the best results sailing in Ynglings, Radial, and J-70 vessels.

Boat Type
NC Firefly
Multiple Types in Same Regatta

Average Finish

Average # of Teams

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, with both Perdomo and Ladd qualifying 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 Harvard's John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

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.

Sailing World College Rankings
Harvard began the fall season with a 13th-place rank on the Sailing World College Rankings as it quickly improved to sixth after two weeks of sailing. The Crimson reached its highest marking of fifth, on November 11th, after seeing Juan Carlos Perdomo finish as the runner-up at the ICSA Men's Singlehanded Championships and tallying five top-10 places after October 29. 

Oct. 2
Oct. 15
Oct. 29
Nov. 11
Nov. 25
Total Points

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
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Up Next
The Crimson will host its second regatta of the spring season with the Central Series 3, while also competing in the BU Trophy (Boston University), Marchiando Team Race (MIT) and the Camel Team Race (Connecticut College) from April 2-3.