Sailing Posts Top-5 Finish in Opening Weekend

Photo by Gil Talbot
Photo by Gil Talbot

MT. PLEASANT, S.C.—The Harvard sailing team opened the spring with a pair of races this weekend, splitting competition between the Bavier Team Race hosted by College of Charleston and the Sharpe Trophy Team Race hosted by Brown. The Crimson finished the weekend with a fourth-place finish in Mt. Pleasant and an eight-place finish in Providence, Rhode Island.

Competing for the first time at the Bavier Trophy race, the Crimson overcame varied winds to post a 10-9 record over the weekend to take fourth in a field of nine schools. Eli Burnes, Henry Burnes and Nicholas Karnovsky served as skippers for Harvard, while Lena Episalla, Catherine Tang and Jessica Williams competed at crew. In the first round, the Crimson registered wins over South Florida (1-2-4), Yale (1-4-5), Eckerd (1-2-3), George Washington (1-2-3) and Georgetown (1-3-6). Harvard closed out the second round of competition with a 5-3 mark, picking up wins over Jacksonville (1-2-3), South Florida (2-3-4), Eckerd (2-3-5), George Washington (1-3-6) and Charleston (1-2-4). 

Harvard returned to the Sharpe Trophy race after logging a third-place finish at the regatta last season. Jackson Wagner, Francis Doyle and Eric Hansen competed at skipper for the Crimson while Gayatri Balasubramanian, Emily Malpass and Owen Schafer served as crew. Throughout the weekend, Harvard faced competitors from MIT, Dartmouth, Yale, Rhode Island, Bowdoin, Brown and Tufts, ultimately finishing eighth in the field.

The Harvard women's team was scheduled to compete at the Women's Team Race Regatta hosted by Boston University, but due to unfavorable conditions on the Charles River, the event was cancelled.

Up Next
The Crimson returns to the water next weekend with another trio of regattas, splitting competition between the Wood Trophy Team Race at home, the Navy Women's Regatta and the MIT Invitational Team Race.