The Harvard coed sailing team captured the title at the Ted Ferrarone Team Race with a 17-1 record (photo courtesy Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – In a nearly perfect outing, the Harvard coed sailing team captured the Ted Ferrarone Team Race at Roger Williams University from March 30-31. The Crimson recorded 11 1-2 finishes to amass a 17-1 record, a 94.4 winning percentage, and win its first regatta since claiming the New England Coed Dinghy Championships on April 14, 2012.
"We are very pleased with the progress of the team," head coach Michael O'Connor said. "We haven't won an inter-conference team race in a very long time, so we are happy about winning the Ferrarone Trophy. If we can continue to improve at our current rate, we might surprise some teams at New Englands next month."
Handling the winds on Mt. Hope Bay for Harvard were sophomore skippers Gram Slattery, Brian Drumm and Michael Drumm, respectively paired with crew members junior Sarah Pierson, freshman Jacob Bradt and second-year Richard Bergsund.
After going 6-1 in round one of the regatta, the Crimson completed rounds two (7-0) and three (4-0) untouched as it went 1-2 in seven consecutive races during the final rounds to walk away victors.
The Crimson's nearest competition was the University of Vermont, who took second at 12-5. Stanford (9-8), Boston University (8-10) and Roger Williams (8-10) rounded out the top five.
Harvard also sent teams to the 27th Brad Dellenbaugh Women's Trophy, Third Mystic Lake Coed Team Racing Invitational and the Coed BU Trophy over the weekend.
"The women's team had their best weekend yet," O'Connor stated. "Caitlin Watson and Kristina Jakobson sailed very well on Saturday with three top five finishes. Morgan Russom and Isabel Ruane were fast enough to hang with the top boats in A-division. A sixth place finish in one of the toughest regattas of the season bodes well in terms of qualifying for nationals."
Russom and Ruane led the Crimson with 88 points in Division A at the Dellenbaugh Trophy. Watson and Jakobson teamed up for 93 points in Division B. Each set of sailors finished in ninth place of their divisions, but the consistent racing resulted in a sixth place team finish with 181 points.
Yale won the event with 124 points, followed by the U.S. Naval Academy (131), Boston College (141), Tufts University (167) and Stanford (169).
Harvard took eighth with 145 points at the BU Trophy. The Crimson finished in the top-five five times in Division A for sixth place with 63 points. Three top-five finishes in Division B totaled 82 points and a 10th place standing.
Salve Regina won the team competition with 61 points, followed by Dartmouth (91), Brown (101), Wesleyan (117) and Bowdoin (122).
The Crimson went 4-17 for seventh place at the Mystic Lake Team Race Invitational. Skippers Marek Zaleski, Ben Lamont and Ames Lyman were paired with Ashleigh Inglis, Jacquelyn Cooley and Catherine Philbin, respectively.
Harvard went 1-13 over the first two rounds, before defeating Yale, Vermont and Roger Williams in the final round to end the regatta.
Tufts won the invitational by virtue of a tiebreaker with Brown. Both schools finished 17-4, with Tufts (15-6), Dartmouth (13-8) and Roger Williams (8-13) making up the top five.
Next weekend, the Harvard women will compete for the 45th Women's President's Trophy Intersectional at Boston University from April 6-7.