Sailing Tops Competition at Tufts Invitational, Posts Two Top-10 Finishes

Photo by Gil Talbot
Photo by Gil Talbot

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Opening its fall campaign with a three-competition slate, the Harvard sailing team finished the weekend with two top-10 finishes, including a first-place finish at the Tufts Invitational.

At the Tufts Invitational, the Crimson bested eight other teams, including Massachusetts, MIT, Rhode Island, Brown, and Sacred Heart University in the combined division regatta. Racing in the A-Division, the duo of skipper Jonas Nelle and Iulianna Tarista sailed to a sixth-place victory for the Crimson. Freshman Francis Doyle paired with senior Lena Episalla to race for a fifth-place victory in the B-Division. Their combined point total of 114 points helped the Crimson edge out host Tufts by four points for a second-place victory.

Racing at the Toni Deutsch '58 Trophy hosted by MIT, the pair of senior skipper Taylor Gavula and sophomore crew Emily Wang opened A-division competition for the Crimson, sailing in races one through six. Freshman Emma Kaneti and sophomore Emma Jakobson closed out the regatta sailing in races seven through 13 for a 97-point total. In the B-division, junior skipper Lucy Wilmot and Alejandra Resendiz posted a solid finish for the Crimson, finishing second in their division with 61 points. The Crimson finished fifth overall with 158 points.

Closing out the weekend with the Harry H. Anderson Jr. Trophy hosted by Yale, sailors faced windy conditions to open up competition on Saturday. Juniors Jessica Williams and Catherine Tang played critical roles for the Crimson, serving as crews in both the A-and B-Division throughout the weekend. Williams and Tang, along with skippers Nicholas Karnovsky and Henry Burnes, sailed for 139 points in the A-Division. In the B-Division, sophomore skipper Eli Burnes paired with Tang and Williams, posting an impress second-place finish to top the third-place Boston University Terriers by four points.

What's Next

Harvard returns to the water next weekend to compete in five regattas. The coed team will represent the Crimson at the New England Men's Singlehanded Championship, the Hatch Brown Trophy, and the Barnett Trophy, while the women are set to sail at the Regis Bowl and the New England Women's Singlehanded Championships in Boston.