Four Regattas Await Coed and Women’s Sailing

Four Regattas Await Coed and Women’s Sailing

Coed sailing took second at the Friis Trophy Team Race a week ago (Athletic Communications).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – With no cancellations for the first time this season, Harvard coed and women's sailing will send student-athletes to four regattas, including Central Series Three, which will be hosted by the Crimson. The coeds will also race at the Marchiando Team Race, hosted by MIT, and BU Trophy, while the women's squad will sail at the Dellenbaugh Trophy at Brown.

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Last Time Out
Sailing in cold conditions with the occasional snow flurry, Harvard coed sailing turned in a second-place result at the Friis Trophy Team Race, hosted by Roger Williams.

Harvard opened up the regatta with three-straight wins over St. Mary's (Md.), Navy and Dartmouth before falling to eventual champion Yale. The Crimson rebounded with four other first-round victories to advance to the final round.

Racing a combination of FJs and Z420s, the Crimson went 2-3 in the finals to finish 9-5 overall, besting Boston College via a tiebreaker to place second. Harvard posted wins over Tufts and Brown in the championship round.

Related Link: Coed Sailing Posts Second-Place Result at Friis Trophy Team Race

About Central Series Three
Harvard hosts its first regatta of the spring season with CS3, which will feature 18 teams from around the NEISA. The sailors will race in FJs.

Projected Lineup (Skipper/Crew)*: A-Division: Dylan Farrell/Kristen Anderson | B-Division: Adam Brodheim/Ari Gross

About the BU Trophy
18 NEISA teams will take to the water at Boston University, with sailors racing FJs. The Crimson took seventh at the event a year ago.

Projected Lineup (Skipper/Crew)*:  A-Division: Nick Sertl/Nomin-Erdene Jagdagdorj | B-Division: Bennett Capozzi/Olivia Kjorlien

About the Marchiando Trophy Team Race
MIT hosts the Marchiando Trophy Team Race, where student-athletes will compete in FJs and Fireflies. 16 teams will attend the regatta.

Projected Lineup (Skipper/Crew)*: Gram Slattery/Julia Lord | Brian Drumm/Jacob Bradt | Michael Drumm/Kevin Coakley | Marek Zeleski/Sydney Karnovsky

About the Dellenbaugh Trophy
Harvard women's sailing races in its third event of the spring season at the Brown-hosted regatta, racing in Z420s. 10 NEISA, 3 MAISA, 2 PCCSC, and 2 SAISA teams will be in attendance.

Projected Lineup (Skipper/Crew)*: A-Division: Sophie Bermudez/Ashleigh Inglis | B-Division: Taylor Ladd/Kristina Jakobson

*All boat pairings subject to change

Sailors in Boston will compete in 15-20 knot winds on Saturday with gusts up to 30 knots. Rain showers are possible, and waves will reach heights of two feet. On Sunday, winds calm slightly to 10-15 knots, with 25 knot gusts. In Rhode Island on Narragansett Bay, sailors will see 15-20 knot winds, with gusts up to 30 knots, amidst rain showers. Like in Boston, conditions mellow on Sunday to 10-15 knots, with gusts up to 25 knots.

For up-to-date forecasts, click here.

Close Margins
Harvard has finished in second-place twice to start the spring season at the Southern New England Team Race and Friis Trophy Team Race. Harvard has placed in the top-two eight times this season.

By The Numbers
Harvard has raced in many different dinghies throughout the season. Through 41 total regattas, the Crimson has posted the best results sailing Larks, FJs, and in regattas featuring multiple vessels.

Boat Type

Average Finish

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Multiple Types in Same Regatta



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.

Pairs on the Water
The women's team's pairs of Taylor Ladd and Kristina Jakobson and Sophie Bermudez and Ashleigh Inglis have spent most regattas together. Bermudez and Inglis have finished in the top-six in seven of the team's eight races in 2015, while the duo of 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.

Up Next
Harvard hosts the NEISA Team Race Championship April 11-12, while also competing at the Emily Wick Trophy (at Coast Guard) and Mystic Lake Team Race (at Tufts).