The Crimson coeds look for its first dinghy national championship since 1974 (photo courtesy Athletic Communications).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The No. 13 Harvard coed sailing team returns to the water June 3-6 to race at the Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association Gill Dinghy Fleet Race National Championship on the St. Mary's River. After more than five weeks of preparation, the Crimson is eager to hit the water and start working its way towards its fifth coed dinghy national championship and first since 1974.
About the 79th ICSA Gill Dinghy Fleet Race National Championship
The 79th ICSA/Gill Dinghy National Championship brings together the top 36 team from the seven ICSA conferences in the country. Each team had to qualify within its own conference to compete in the first round of the championships which beings Tuesday, June 3. After the first day of racing, the top 18 teams will sail for the Henry A. Morss Memorial Trophy June 4-6. Racing will take place across two divisions in 420s.
The Crimson returns to the national championship regatta for the first time since finishing fifth in 2012. Harvard has won the coed dinghy national title four times; 1952, 1953, 1959 and 1974.
Last Time on the Water
The No. 13 Harvard coed sailing team finished ninth at the 69th Coast Guard Alumni Bowl/NEISA Dinghy Champion to qualify for the Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association National Semifinals.
A fleet of 18 teams battled in 420s across two divisions in 14 races on the Long Island Sound. Harvard's two boats combined for 248 points overall to tie with Rhode Island, but won the tie breaker to take ninth in its 17th regatta of the spring season.
Three members of the Crimson coeds picked up All-New England honors following a ninth-place performance at the 69th Coast Guard Alumni Bowl/New England Dinghy Championships. Brian Drumm was named second team skipper while Jacob Bradt and Isabel Ruane received second team crew nods.
Rank and File
After seven weeks of sailing this spring, Harvard's coed team sits 13th in Sailing World's College Rankings, presented by Gill and Sailors for the Sea. The Crimson coeds were initially ranked 19th in the national preseason poll.
Related Link: Sailing World's College Rankings
Olympic Model Athlete
The International Sailing Federation Association named Harvard freshman Juan Carlos Perdomo as one-of-28 experienced sailors to serve as an Athlete Role Model for the 2nd Summer Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China August 16-28. The Miami, Fla., native looks to transfer his knowledge and experience to the next wave of youth champions and Olympic heroes as a key role in supporting, mentoring and offering advice to the 100 young sailors racing across four events on Jinniu Lake.
Sailor of the Week
For his second-place finish at the ICSA Singlehanded Championships, Juan Carlos Perdomo was named the New England Intercollegiate Sailing Association Coed Sailor of the Week Nov. 12. The weekly accolade was the first of the freshman's career and first weekly award presented to a Crimson sailor this season.
Related Link: Perdomo Named NEISA Sailor of the Week
Leading the Fleet
Michael O'Connor is entering his 17th season at the helm of the Harvard sailing teams. With O'Connor at the helm, Harvard won the national team race championships in 2002 and 2003, as well as the 2003 national coed championship and the women's national title in 2005.
Captains of the Ships
Sophomores Sydney Karnovsky and Andrew Mollerus have been elected captain for the 2014 campaign. Karnovsky will lead the women's squad while Mollerus takes on the leadership responsibilities of the coeds.