Perdomo looks to be the first Crimson singlehanded national champion since Vincent Porter '07 in 2003 (photo courtesy Ken Legler).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – For the first time in six years, a Harvard sailor will vie to be crowned the Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association Men's Singlehanded National Champion when freshman Juan Carlos Perdomo takes the water in Providence, R.I., Nov. 8-10. The 11th-seeded Crimson coeds are also in action this weekend, at two team races: the Hap Moore Trophy and the Michael Horn Trophy.
Last Time on the Water
On a weekend where New England was plagued by light and variable sailing conditions, the Harvard sailing teams faced the elements and competed in three regattas. The freshmen class highlighted the Crimson's performance as it took third at the Nickerson Trophy, the New England Freshmen Championship. The No. 11 coeds sailed to a 15th-place finish at the 73rd Erwin Schell Trophy while the women took 16th at the 48th Victorian Coffee Urn Trophy.
About the ICSA Singlehanded Championships
In his fourth collegiate regatta, Juan Perdomo looks to bring the Glen S. Foster Trophy to Cambridge for the third time in the 50-year-old regatta's history. The trophy honors Foster who was a singlehanded sailor, renowned for his success in the Finn Class.
Eighteen sailors from 16 schools will race on Narragansett Bay in Lasers, a small one-manned dinghy, racing for the honor of national champion. The runner-up will be awarded the George Griswold Trophy, an award bestowed upon the second-place finisher since 1995.
Perdomo is the 10th Harvard sailor to qualify for the regatta and first in six years since Kyle Kovaks '08 did so in 2007 where he finished fourth. The last Crimson to win the title was Vincent Porter '07 in 2003 while Robert Doyle '71 brought Harvard its first singlehanded national championship in 1969. The Crimson have earned the Griswold Trophy on three occasions with the most recent being Clay Johnson '08 in 2005.
How He Qualified
The freshman punched his ticket to nationals with a third-place finish at the New England Intercollegiate Sailing Association (NEISA) Singlehanded Championships, Sept. 27-28.
About the Team Races
The Michael Horn Trophy, Harvard's final home regatta of the fall, will be raced in three divisions on the Charles River. Last season's event was cancelled because of Hurricane Sandy.
The Hap Moore Trophy is a team regatta hosted by Coast Guard featuring 12 teams representing two conferences. The race will be sailed in FJs on the Thames River. The Crimson last competed in the event in 2011, where Harvard took ninth.
Related Link: Harvard Sailing Competes in Two Team Regattas
Hosts with the Most
In each of Harvard's own coed regattas this autumn, the Crimson has come out victorious. In the first weekend of sailing the coeds claimed the Harvard Invitational while two weeks later the coeds did it again at the Charles River Invitational. This weekend the coeds will attempt to sweep its home regattas when it hosts the Mike Horn Trophy.
Massachusetts waters will feature winds of 5 to 10 knots with gusts up to 20 knots on both days of competition. Conditions at the national championship on Narragansett Bay will have west winds of 5 to 10 knots with gusts up to 20 knots shifting to 10 to 15 knots on day 2 of the regatta. Breezes on the Thames River mirror the weather on Narragansett Bay on Saturday, but shift to northwest winds of 10 to 15 knots on Sunday.
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Harvard closes out its fall sailing schedule next weekend when the coeds sail at the Atlantic Coast Tournament at Connecticut College.