Coed Sailing Readies for Southern New England Team Race

Coed Sailing Readies for Southern New England Team Race

Coed sailing opened with a seventh-place result at the St. Mary's Team Race (Athletic Communications).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – With snow and ice altering the sailing schedule around Boston, Harvard coed sailing will only race at the Southern New England Team Race, hosted by Connecticut College, March 21-22. The previously scheduled Geiger Trophy Team Race at MIT has been cancelled.

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Last Time Out
In its second weekend of the spring season, Harvard coed sailing posted a seventh-place result at the St. Mary's Team Race, while the women's squad came in 18th at the Navy Women's Interconference Regatta.

The coed squad, racing 420s and FJs, finished 3-6 overall at the St. Mary's Team Race on southern Chesapeake Bay, posting victories over Old Dominion, Fordham and SUNY Maritime. In four of its nine contests at the regatta, a Crimson dinghy came across the finish line first. Brian Drumm, Michael Drumm and Andrew Mollerus served as skippers in the event, while Jacob Bradt, Kevin Coakley, Julia Lord and Sydney Karnovsky competed as crews.

The women's team, sailing in FJs and Z420s, wound up in 18th-place in a weather-shortened Navy Women's Interconference Regatta. Five races were carried out in the A-division, and four in the B-flight. Sophie Bermudez and Ashleigh Inglis finished 16th in the A-division, while Taylor Ladd and Kristina Jakobson took 16th-place sailing in the B-group.

Related Link: Coed and Women's Sailing Competes at Two Maryland Regattas

About the Southern New England Team Race
Eight teams will take to the water at Connecticut College, including six from the NEISA region. Harvard's four crews will race FJs at the regatta, where it finished sixth a year ago.

Projected Lineup (Skipper/Crew): Brian Drumm/Jake Bradt | Michael Drumm/Kevin Coakley | Andrew Mollerus/Sydney Karnovsky | Gram Slattery/Julia Lord

*All boat pairings subject to change

Sailors on Long Island Sound will take on winds of 5-10 knots on Friday, and snow is likely in the afternoon. On day two of the regatta, there is a chance of snow in the morning with winds at 5-10 knots. Waves will hover around one foot for the entire event.

For up-to-date forecasts, click here.

Fun in Fall
As the fall season progressed, the Crimson turned in consistent results near the top of the leaderboards. From October to November, Harvard's two squads combined to place in the top-five in nine regattas and in the top-10 in 16 out of 21 team contests.

Mix It Up
Harvard has had success racing in a variety of boats this season.  The Crimson was victorious at Central Series One, where both Lark and 420 vessels were raced, and sailed to second-place results at the Nevins Trophy, which involved 420s, FJs and Lasers, and the Firefly/FJ Invitational, where FJ and NC Firefly dinghies were raced. Harvard also picked up a win at the Norm Reid Trophy and Hap Moore Trophy Team Races, where FJs were used. 

By The Numbers
Harvard has raced in many different dinghies throughout the fall season. Through 38 total regattas, the Crimson has posted the best results sailing Larks and in regattas featuring multiple vessels.

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Multiple Types in Same Regatta



Fall Pairs
During the fall season, Taylor Ladd and Kristina Jakobson were commonly featured in the A-division while Sophie Bermudez and Ashleigh Inglis took control of the B-division dinghy. Bermudez and Inglis finished in the B-division top-six in all six regattas, including a third-place result at the Toni Deutsch Regatta. Ladd and Jakobson earned their top result at Central Series Six, ending in fifth place.

Behind the Crimson

Keeping It Fresh
The Crimson's freshmen class has hit the water sailing to begin its collegiate careers. For the coed team, Kevin Coakley and Nick Sertl have both competed in the A-division in many of the top regattas, helping the Crimson to a bevy of top-10 results. On the women's side, Taylor Ladd has consistently skippered the A-boat, and has helped Harvard to five top-10 finishes.

Fall Mid-Season Review

Leading the Way
Harvard sailing head coach Michael O'Connor is in his 18th season at the helm of the Crimson fleet. Since he took over the Crimson program in 1997, Harvard has won national team race championships in 2002 and 2003, as well as the 2003 national coed championship and the women's national title in 2005.

Aye Aye, Captain
Juniors Andrew Mollerus and Sydney Karnovsky were named team captains for the 2014 schedule. Mollerus will lead the coed team, while Karnovsky takes charge of the women's squad.

A Year Ago
The Crimson returns to the water after a successful 2013-14 season that included 23 top-five finishes and wins at the Harvard Invitational and Charles River Invitational. Harvard concluded the year at the ICSA National Championships, where it placed 18th overall.

Up Next
Harvard hosts the Friis Trophy Team Race and competes in Boston at the NEISA-MAISA Teams Race at Boston College March 28-29, Central Series 2 at Boston University March 28 and BU Invitational on March 29.