Himler and the Crimson won their first eight races of the weekend (photo courtesy Gil Talbot).
NEWPORT, R.I.—The Harvard sailing team finished seventh at the New England Team Racing Championship, hosted by Salve Regina Saturday and Sunday at Sail Newport.
The Crimson advanced from its opening round robin but was eliminated after the first gold round robin of the top eight teams. Boston College won the Fowle Trophy with a 9-3 gold record, while Tufts (8-4) and Yale (7-5) took second and third to claim New England’s other two berths in the Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association National Team Racing Championship.
Sailing for Harvard were skippers Alan Palmer, John Stokes and Tedd Himler and crews Meghan Wareham, Michelle Konstadt, Quincy Bock, Winston Yan and Ryan Byrne.
Harvard got off to a great start Saturday, going undefeated in its group A round robin against Rhode Island, BC, Vermont, Yale and Dartmouth. The Crimson had the top-finishing boat in all five races and the top two finishers in three of five.
The gold round was sailed Sunday, and the Crimson again got off to a good start with consecutive wins against Yale, Vermont and BC. Harvard then suffered losses to Brown, Tufts, Boston University and Roger Williams.
Following the first round robin, it was determined that there was not enough time for another full round of eight teams, so the top six teams sailed a round robin to determine the champion. Harvard had finished the first round robin tied for fifth with its 3-4 record but ended up the odd team out due to its head-to-head losses to BU and Brown.