Last season Harvard placed sixth at the New England Championship (Athletic Communications).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard sailing team will face one final chance to qualify for the post season as it will compete in the New England Dinghy Championship, hosted by Dartmouth, from April 30-May 1.
About the New England Dinghy Championship
Dartmouth hosts the New England Dinghy Championship, a two-day regatta, where 18 teams will sail in FJ and Z420 vessels. Nine teams from the New England Championship will qualify for the 36-team ICSA Championship. Last year, the team placed sixth, qualifying it for the ICSA Championship.
Projected Lineup: A-division: Andrew Mollerus/Sydney Karnovsky | B-division: Marek Zaleski/Julia Lord
The forecast in New Hampshire will include Northwest winds around 5 knots with sun all day and a high near 61 on Saturday, while Sunday's weather will include a partly sunny day with a high near 57 and a 30-percent chance of showers.
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Last Time Out
Harvard tallied a ninth-place mark at the New England Women's Championship/Reed Trophy, qualifying the squad of Taylor Ladd, Kirstin Anderson, Taylor Gavula, and Sydney Karnovsky for the ICSA Women's Championship. This is the first time since 2012 that a Harvard squad has qualified for the women's nationals.
At the 81st Boston Dinghy Challenge Cup, hosted by Harvard and MIT, three division of Crimson sailors raced to first place, the team's first win of the spring season. The B-division of Nick Sertl and Nomin-Erdene Jagdagdorj crossed the finish line with a total of 41 points, the best for the Crimson, while the A-division of Marek Zaleski and Julia Lord and the C-division of Juan Carlos Perdomo and Catherine Tang recorded 53 and 58 points respectively, in the 27-race regatta.
Harvard finished seventh at the George Morris Trophy, hosted by Boston University, tallying 13 top-10 results in the 16-race regatta. The Crimson also recorded a 10th-place mark at the Admiral's Cup, hosted by USMMA, where the team totaled 336 points with 18 top-10 results.
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 and its second came on April 22, with a 12th-place mark.
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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Taylor Ladd, Kirstin Anderson, Taylor Gavula, and Sydney Karnovsky will travel to San Diego, California for the ICSA National Women's Championship from May 24-27.