The Crimson vies for the New England Women's Championship/Reed Trophy (Athletic Communications).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – In its final weekend of the spring season before championships, the Crimson will compete in four regattas including hosting the Boston Dinghy Club Challenge Cup with MIT and traveling to the New England Women's Championship/Reed Trophy (Yale), Admiral's Cup (USMMA), and Morris Trophy (Boston University).
About the Boston Dinghy Club Challenge Cup
Harvard and MIT host the 81st Boston Dinghy Challenge Cup as 12 teams sail in three divisions in Firefly and FJ vessels. The Crimson posted a sixth-place finish in last years' regatta.
Projected Lineup: A-division: Marek Zaleski/Julia Lord | B-division: Nick Sertl/Nomin-Erdene Jagdagdorj | C-division: Juan Carlos Perdomo/Catherine Tang
About the New England Women's Championship/Reed Trophy
Yale hosts the New England Women's Championship/Reed Trophy where 18 teams will compete for 11 spots to sail in the ICSA National Semi-Finals. Harvard won this regatta in 1987, 2004 and 2005, while placing 12th last year. Crews will sail in FJ and Z420 vessels.
Projected Lineup: A-division: Taylor Ladd/Kirstin Anderson | B-division: Taylor Gavula/Sydney Karnovsky
About the Admiral's Cup
Harvard and 19 other teams will sail in three divisions at the Admiral's Cup hosted by USMMA. The Crimson finished fourth at the race last year.
Projected Lineup: A-division: Dylan Farrell/Christine Gosioco | B-division: Jackson Wagner/Divya Arya | C-division: Andrew Puopolo
About the Morris Trophy
Boston University is the host for the George Morris Trophy, where 18 schools will sail in FJ dinghies. The Crimson placed eighth last year at the regatta.
Projected Lineup: A-division – Nick Karnovsky/Alejandra Resendiz | B-division: Adam Brodheim/Priscilla Russo
The forecast in Boston will include Northwest winds around 10 knots with gusts up to 20 knots and waves around 2 feet on Saturday and a chance of showers, while Sunday's weather will experience Northeast winds around 5-10 knots with gusts around 20 knots and waves around 2 feet. Sailors in New York will see Norhwest winds around 10 knots and seas around 1 foot on Saturday and North winds between 5-10 knots becoming Southwest and seas at 1 foot or less. Saturday's forecast will bring Northeast winds around 10 knots and seas around 1 feet in Connecticut, while sailors will experience North winds between 5-10 knots becoming Southwest in the afternoon and seas around 1 foot on Sunday.
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Last Time Out
Harvard tallied a third-place mark at the Thompson Trophy, while also finishing sixth at the Oberg Trophy. The squad at the Thompson Trophy recorded 38 top-10 results at the 48-race regatta, while the Harvard sailors captured 33 top-10 marks out of 42 races at the Oberg Trophy. The Crimson placed 10th at the Presidents' Trophy and the Moshbacher, Owen, Knapp Trophies.
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 its best results sailing in Yngling, 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 begins postseason with the New England Championship hosted by Dartmouth from April 30-May 1.