Sailing Secures First Place at Hoyt Trophy, Earns Four Top-10 finishes

Photo by Gil Talbot
Photo by Gil Talbot

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—Harvard sailing cruised to victory this weekend, collecting four top-10 finishes and a title at the Sherman Hoyt Trophy hosted by Brown. 

At the Hoyt Trophy, the Crimson overcame shifting winds throughout the day to secure the title. In the A-Division, Eli Burnes and Lena Episalla took first-place, besting Yale by two points. Junior Henry Burnes and senior Catherine Tang maintained the Crimson's lead, finishing second in the B-Division to help Harvard secure its commanding victory.

Racing at the Hood Trophy hosted by Tufts, clear weather provided the Crimson with smooth sailing to a fourth-place finish. At the combined division regatta, Henry Marshall and Christina Gosioco raced in the B-Division, earning 98 points that pushed Harvard into the top-five for the weekend.

Rounding out the Boston-based regattas, Harvard earned sixth at the Norman Reid Trophy, just four points behind Coast Guard. Skipper Andrew Puopolo paired with Iulianna Taritsa and Zennie Wey to solidify a fifth-place finish in the A-Division. Junior Lucy Wilmot and sophomore Emma Jakobson clinched sixth in the B-Division.

Traveling to Dartmouth for the Mrs. Hurst Bowl, the women had a solid showing, finishing fifth out of 16 schools. The duo of skipper Taylor Gavula and crew Emily Wang saw a fifth-place finish in the A-Division. For the B-Division, the first-year team of Emma Kaneti and Liliana Cunningham finished seventh.

To close out the weekend, the Crimson hosted the Harvard Invitational, earning a fifth-place finish at the combined-division regatta. For the A-Division, Eric Hansen and Lisa van der Sluijs teamed up, coming in sixth amongst all competitors. 

The Crimson is set to sail at three regattas next weekend, Sept. 29-30. The coed team travels to the Danmark Trophy hosted by the Coast Guard and the Smith Trophy hosted by MIT. The women will represent the Crimson at the Women's Showcase hosted by Navy.