Coed Sailing Looks to Qualify for the Postseason at New England Dinghy Championship

Coed Sailing Looks to Qualify for the Postseason at New England Dinghy Championship

The coed squad can qualify for the ICSA National Dinghy Championship for the second-straight year (Athletic Communications).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Traveling South for its final regatta of the regular season, Harvard coed sailing treks to Salve Regina to compete in the New England Dinghy Championship. The Crimson can qualify for the ICSA National Dinghy Championship June 1-4 with a top-eight finish.

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Last Time Out
Scattering to multiple regattas for the final time in 2015, Harvard coed sailing took fourth place at the Admiral's Cup. The coed squad also finished sixth at the Boston Dinghy Cup Challenge and eighth at the Morris Trophy, while the women's squad turned in a 12th-place result at the NEISA Women's Championship.

Each division at the Admiral's Cup raced a different vessel. Brian Drumm and Jacob Bradt finished sixth in the A-division, racing 420s, posting top-10 finishes in six of the nine races. In the B-division, Andrew Mollerus took third sailing in an FJ, winning two races and recording six top-10 finishes. Marek Zeleski sailed a Laser in the C-division, ending up in sixth after posting eight top-10 results.

Related Link: Coed Sailing Takes Fourth at the Admiral's Cup

About the New England Dinghy Championship
Salve Regina hosts the New England Dinghy Championship, where 18 NEISA schools will race a combination of FJs and Z420s. The top eight finishers will qualify for the ICSA National Dinghy Championship.  

Projected Lineup (Skipper/Crew)*:  A-Division: Brian Drumm/Jacob Bradt | B-Division: Andrew Mollerus/Sydney Karnovsky

*All boat pairings subject to change

Sailors on Narragansett Bay will see 5-10 knot winds on Saturday with gusts as high as 20 knots and waves around one foot. Conditions mellow on Sunday, with winds averaging five knots.

For up-to-date forecasts, click here.

Honor Roll
Skipper Michael Drumm was named the NEISA Coed Sailor of the Week on April 8 after a versatile performance at the Marchiando Trophy Team Race.

Drumm helped Harvard to a 12-3 record at the MIT-hosted event, guiding the Crimson to a runner-up finish.  Sailing as a skipper and crew, he pushed Harvard to wins in its first 10 matchups, including a win over eventual champion Yale. His top moment in the regatta came after his dinghy capsized. Drumm quickly righted the boat, and was still able to sail to a first-place result in the race.

First Across the Line
Harvard picked up its first win of the spring April 4-5, ending the BU Trophy on top of the standings. Nick Sertl and Nomin-Erdene Jagdagdorj controlled the A-boat, while Bennett Capozzi and Olivia Kjorlien sailed in the B-division, helping Harvard earn its third win of the year when racing FJs.

Close Margins
Harvard has finished in second-place four times during the spring season at the Southern New England Team Race, Friis Trophy Team Race, Marchiando Trophy Team Race, and Owen/Mosbacher/Knapp Trophies. Harvard has placed in the top-two 11 times this season.

By The Numbers
Harvard has raced in many different dinghies throughout the season. Through 56 total regattas, the Crimson has posted the best results sailing Larks, FJs, and in regattas featuring multiple vessels.

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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 nine races, while the duo of Ladd and Jakobson earned their top result at Central Series Six, ending in fifth place.

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 skippered both the A- and B-boats, and has helped Harvard to five top-10 finishes.

Behind the Crimson

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.

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 2014-15 schedule. Mollerus will lead the coed team, while Karnovsky takes charge of the women's squad.

Up Next
Harvard will advance to the ICSA National Dinghy Championship, co-hosted by Brown and Salve Regina, June 1-4 with a top-eight finish this weekend.