Perdomo took first in the C division at the Admiral's Cup (photo courtesy Robert Migliaccio).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The Harvard sailing teams took to the water for four weekend regattas the women claimed 13th the Reed Trophy. The 14th-ranked Crimson coeds finished third at the 10th George Morris Trophy, fifth at the 84th Boston Dingy Cup and 12th at the 29th Admiral's Cup.
At the Reed Trophy, the women faced a competitive field of 17 schools on the Thames River. Harvard needed a top two finish for nonstop tickets to the ICSA Women's National Championships or finish in the top seven to move on to compete in a semifinal championship, but it fell short. The Crimson posted 385 points over the two-day event to take 13th. The A division team of senior skipper Caitlin Watson and sophomore crew Kristina Jakobson sailed to four top-five finishes, including a victory in the eighth race, for 169 points and 12th place. The duo of rookie Julia Lord and junior Ashleigh Inglis, skipper and crew, respectively, made up the B division boat that took 15th in the group with 216 points.
The George Morris Trophy, hosted by Boston University, featured nine teams representing seven schools. Harvard turned in a third-place performance with 221 points. Senior Luke O'Connor and junior Rebecca Frankel sailed to top-three finishes in six out of 14 races to win the A division. Senior Benjamin Lamont and rookie Priscillia Russo took fourth in the B division with 140 points.
Harvard co-hosted the 84th Boston Dingy Cup Challenge, the oldest trophy in collegiate sailing, with MIT. The Crimson finished fifth in the 17-school field with 325 points. The A division junior skipper Brian Drumm sailed to five top-three finishes in the group, including a victory in the fifth race, with sophomore Jacob Bradt as his crew. The pair took third in the division with 103 points. The C division vessel of junior Gram Slattery and freshman Olivia Kjorlien claimed sixth with four top-five finishes while junior Michael Drumm and senior Isabel Ruane competed in the Crimson's B division boat that placed seventh.
A field of 20 teams took the water at Kings Point, in three different divisions at the 29th Admirals' Cup. Harvard's singlehanded sailor, Juan Carlos Perdomo, paced the Crimson's 11th-place effort. The freshman won eight of the 14 races including the first five to finish first in the C group with 49 points.
Sophomore Marek Zaleski and freshman Emma Wheeler served as skipper and crew, respectively, on the B division boat that placed 13th with 144 points. The pair's highlights from the weekend included three top-five finishes. Sophomores Andrew Mollerus and Sydney Karnovksy raced in the A division boat that took 15th.
The Crimson women concluded its 2014 season this weekend, while Harvard's coed will sail at the 69th Coast Guard Alumni Bowl where the winner will be crowned NEISA Fleet Race Champion.