Sailing Vies for Four Regattas

Sailing Vies for Four Regattas

The Crimson will compete in four regattas in three states this weekend  (Athletic Communications).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – In its seventh weekend of the spring season, the Crimson will compete in four regattas including the Presidents' Trophy (Boston University), Thompson Trophy (Coast Guard/Connecticut College), Owen and Mosbacher/Kapp Trophies (Cornell), and the Oberg Trophy (MIT).

About the Presidents' Trophy
Boston University hosts the President's Trophy where 17 teams of women sailors will compete in the two-day regatta, sailing in FJ vessels. 

Projected Lineup: A-division - Taylor Ladd/Kirstin Anderson, B-division – Talur Gavula/Ari Gross

About the Thompson Trophy
Coast Guard and Connecticut College host the Thompson Trophy, where 18 teams will compete in FJs and Z420s in the two-day event. Races will be sailed in two divisions and in three-race sets. Harvard tallied a seventh-place finish at the regatta last season. 

Projected Lineup: A-division – Andrew Mollerus/Sydney Karnovsky, B-division – Marek Zaleski/Julia Lord, C-division -  Nick Sertl/Nomin Erdene-Jagdagdorj

About the Moshacher, Owen, Knapp Trophies
Harvard and 15 other vessels will sail in two divisions in 420 dinghies. The regatta will be hosted by Cornell this season, where the Crimson finished second last year. 

Projected LineupA-division – Juan Carlos Perdomo/Catherine Tang, B-division – Nicholas DiGiovanni/Priscillia Russo

About the Oberg Trophy
MIT and Northeastern host the Oberg Trophies where Harvard will face off against 17 other teams in the three-division regatta. Harvard tallied a third-place mark last season. 

Projected Lineup: A-division – Juan Carlos Perdomo/Catherine Tang, B-division – Nicholas DiGiovanni/Priscillia Russo

Forecast
The forecast in Boston will include Northeast winds between 10-15 knots with gusts up to 25 knots and waves around 3-5 feet on Saturday, while Sunday's weather will experience Northeast winds around 5 knots with waves around a foot or less. Sailors in New York will see Southwest winds and gusts up to 10 knots on Saturday and Northeast winds up to 5 knots and gusts around 15-20 on Sunday. Saturday's forecast will bring Northeast winds between 10-15 knots and gusts up to 25 knots and seas around 2-3 feet in Connecticut, while sailors will experience Northeast winds between 5-10 knots becoming East in the afternoon and seas around 2-3 feet on Sunday. 

For up-to-date forecasts, click here.  

Last Time Out
Harvard tallied eighth-place finishes at the New England Team Race Championship (Coast Guard) and the Mystic Lake Team Race (Tufts). At Coast Guard, the Crimson went 5-6 sailing in FJ vessels, while registering a 3-7 mark at Tufts. The Crimson's A-division of Taylor Ladd and Kirstin Anderson recorded 75 points, as the B-division of Taylor Gavula and Lena Episalla registered 100 points for a combined 13th-place effort. 

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
FJ
Multiple Types in Same Regatta
NC Firefly
420
Lark
Z420
Laser

Average Finish
1
2
2
6.75
7.83
8
9
9.18
10
10.71


Average # of Teams
8
18
8
14.08
14
16
18
13
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 Boston Dinghy Club Challenge (Harvard/MIT), New England Women's Championship Reed Trophy (Yale), Admiral's Cup (USMMA), Morris Trophy (Boston University), and the Priddy Trophy (Sacred heart), which are all lined up for April 23-24.