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Sailing Competes for New England Team Race Championship

Sailing Competes for New England Team Race Championship

The Crimson earned its first ranking, 10th, in the ICSA Team Rankings this spring (Athletic Communications).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Continuing the spring schedule, Harvard sailing will compete for the New England Team Race Championship, hosted by Coast Guard, while also vying for the women's only Emily Wick Trophy and sailing at the Mystic Lake Team Race, hosted by Connecticut College and Tufts, respectively. All regattas are scheduled for April 9-10.

About the New England Team Race Championship
Coast Guard hosts the New England Team Race Championship where 12 teams will compete for four spots in order to qualify for the Team Racing Nationals. Competitors will sail in FJ vessels with round one involving a round robin of all teams, round two including a round robin of the top-eight teams, and the final round will conclude with a round robin of the top-six teams. The pool of teams includes Harvard, Coast Guard, Connecticut College, Dartmouth, Brown, MIT, Bowdoin, Rhode Island, Boston University, Roger Williams and Boston College. The team tallied a fifth-place mark in last years' NEISA Team Race Championship.

Projected Lineup: Andrew Mollerus/Sydney Karnovsky, Marek Zaleski/Julia Lord, Nick Sertl/Nomin-Erdene Jagdagdorj (Juan Carlos Perdomo, Nick DiGiovanni, Jacob Bradt, Kevin Coakley)

About the Emily Wick Trophy
At the Emily Wick Trophy, 18 teams will race in FJs and Z420s in the two-day event. Connecticut College is the host, while the other teams include Harvard, Boston College, Boston University, Brown, Dartmouth, Fordham, George Washington, MIT, Northeastern, St. Mary's, Stanford, Tufts, Coast Guard, Rhode Island, South Florida, Vermont and Yale. The squad finished 18th at last years' regatta. 

Projected Lineup: Taylor Ladd/Kirsten Anderson, Taylor Gavula/Lena Episalla (Ari Gross, Sophie Bermudez)

About the Mystic Lake Team Race
Tufts hosts the Mystic Lake Team Race where Harvard will face off against Boston College, Bowdoin, Brown, Boston University, Dartmouth, Northeastern, Rhode Island, Roger Williams and Tufts. The Crimson finished fifth at the event last year. 

Projected LineupAndrew Puopolo/Christine Gosioco, Nick Karnovsky/Alejandra Resendiz, Jackson Wagner/Robert Anderson

Forecast
Connecticut weather will include Northeast winds between 5-10 knots becoming East between10-15 knots in the afternoon. Seas will be about 1-2 feet with rain most likely in the afternoon. Sunday's forecast in Connecticut will include West winds of 10-15 knots becoming Southwest between 5-10 knots after midnight with seas 1-2 feet in the evening. In Massachusetts, sailors will compete in Northwest winds around 5 feet becoming East in the afternoon with waves around 2 feet and a chance of rain. Sunday's forecast will see Northwest winds 10-15 knots with gusts up to 25 knots and waves around 2 feet. 

For up-to-date forecasts, click here.  

Last Time Out
Harvard competed in three regattas and finished seventh at the 35th Lynne Marchiando Trophy with an 8-5 overall record. The Crimson also mirrored its result at the Camel Team Race, tallying another seventh-place mark but going 1-7 at the regatta. The A-division of Nicolas Karnovsky and Alejandra Resendiz and the B-division of Ben Zheng and Zoe Kessler combined for 10 top-10 results for an eighth-place finish.  

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.

Rank
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
 
 
School
Georgetown
Yale
Stanford
Charleston
St. Mary's
Brown
Navy
Boston College
Hobart
Harvard
Roger Williams
George Washington
Coast Guard
MIT
Connecticut College
 
Average Finish
1
2
3.2
3.8
5
6.8
7.8
8
8.2
10
10.8
12
14.2
15.4
15.8
 

By the Numbers
Harvard has raced in many different dinghies throughout the fall and spring season. Through 40 regattas, the Crimson has posted its best results sailing in Yngling, 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
7.71
7.83
8
9
10
10.71


Average # of Teams
8
18
8
15
14.29
14
16
18
18
19.67


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. 

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. 

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

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
The Crimson will compete in its most regattas of the spring season with the Presidents' Trophy (Boston University), Thompson Trophy (Coast Guard/Connecticut College), Owen and Mosbacher/Kapp Trophies (Cornell), Oberg Trophy (MIT) and Savin Hill Central Series (Boston College) lined up from April 16-17. 

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