The Crimson earned its first ranking, 10th, in the ICSA Team Rankings this spring (Athletic Communications).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard sailing hosts its second regatta of the spring season in the Central Series 3. The Crimson will also compete at the 35th Lynne Marchiando trophy (MIT), the Camel Team Race (Connecticut College) and the BU Trophy (Boston University). All three regattas will be two-day events.
About the Central Series 3
Harvard hosts 16 other teams including Boston College, Yale, MIT, Tufts, Rhode Island, Vermont, Northeastern, Salve Regina, Massachusetts Maritime Academy, New Hampshire, Providence College, Wesleyan, UMass Dartmouth, UMass Amherst, University of New England, and Fairfield in the two-day event. Competitors will sail in FJ dinghies.
Projected Lineup: Nick Karnovsky/Alejandra Resendiz, Ben Zheng/Zoe Kessler
About the 35th Lynne Marchiando Trophy
Hosted by MIT, the 35th Lynne Marchiano Trophy will feature 12 teams; Harvard, Dartmouth, Coast Guard, Brown, Bowdoin, Boston University, MIT, Rhode Island, Roger Williams, Stanford, Tufts, and University of Vermont. Teams will race in FJ and NC Firefly vessels in the two-day event where the Crimson finished second overall last year.
Projected Lineup: Jackson Wagner/Divya Arya, Nick Karnovsky/Priscilla Russo. Andrew Puopolo/Catherine Tang
About the Camel Trophy
The Camel Team Race, hosted by Connecticut College will feature seven teams including Harvard, Connecticut College, Coast Guard, Boston College, Yale, Fordham, and St. Mary's (Md.). Schools will race in FJ vessels through the two-day regatta.
Projected Lineup: Julia Ladd/Kevin Coakley, Jackson Wagner/Divya Arya, Dylan Farrell/Christine Gosioco
About the BU Trophy
Boston University hosts the BU Trophy where 17 teams including Harvard, Boston University, Boston College, Coast Guard, Dartmouth, MIT, Bowdoin, Tufts, Rhode Island, Vermont, Northeastern, Salve Regina, Johnson and Wales, UCONN, New Hampshire, Massachusetts Maritime Academy, and Brown will race in FJ dinghies to the finish.
Projected Lineup: Taylor Gavula/Kirstin Anderson, Andrew Puopolo/Lena Episalla
In Massachusetts, sailors will compete in Southwest winds between 5-10 knots with waves 1 foot or less and a chance of showers on Saturday. Sunday's forecast will see West winds 20-25 knots with gusts up to 35 knots. Waves will reach 2 feet with a chance of showers and visibility will be between 1 to 3 nm. Competitors will experience Southwest winds between 5-10 knots with seas around 2 feet and a chance of showers in Connecticut, while Sunday's forecast increases to West winds around 25 to 30 knots becoming Northwest between 10 to 15 knots. Seas will reach between 5 to 8 feet subsiding 2 to 3 feet.
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Last Time Out
Harvard competed in three regattas and finished fourth at the NEISA/MAISA Team Race. The Crimson also finished fifth of six teams at the BU Team Race and sixth of 12 at the Friis Trophy Team Race.
Sail1Design ICSA College Team Race Rankings
The Sail1Design ICSA College Team Race Rankings, sponsored by Dynamic Dollies, are posted twice a month in the spring season only and are determined on the college teams' performance in the team race regattas and is an average of the polling from the Team Race Ranking Staff. Harvard received its first team rankings on March 24, placing 10th.
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.
Multiple Types in Same Regatta
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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
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.
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.
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.
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The Crimson will compete in two regattas April 9-10 including the New England Team Race Championship, hosted by Coast Guard, and the Mystic Lake Team Race, hosted by Tufts.