CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The first win of the fall slate came for Harvard sailing over the weekend, with the Crimson co-ed team capturing the Danmark Trophy on the Thames River hosted by Coast Guard. Harvard also competed in the Women's Showcase hosted by Connecticut College, coming in second place, and the Tufts September Invite, and secured seventh place.
Sailing in a shifty breeze in New London, Conn., Crimson sailors captured the best performance of the fall season to date. Junior skipper Henry Burnes and senior Iulianna Taritsa ran away with the B-Division of the regatta, scoring just 69 points. In the A-Division, the team of junior Eli Burnes, junior Emily Wang and sophomore Eric Hansen sailed to 130 points, which secured the third position in the division. Harvard's cumulative score of 199 points was 46 better than second-place St. Mary's (Md.).
In addition to the first victory of the Crimson's season, Harvard also had its first runner-up performance of the campaign, coming in the Women's Showcase. Also sailing on the Thames River, sophomore skipper Emma Kaneti and junior crew Emma Jakobson led the way for Harvard. The pair captured the A-Division of the regatta by scoring 67 points. First-year skipper Sarah Burn and senior captain Jessica Williams raced to third in the B-Division.
As the calendar shifts to October, Harvard sailing will remain in action with three regattas. Student-athletes will travel to a trio of states: Maryland for the Co-Ed Showcase, Connecticut for the Stu Nelson Trophy, and New Hampshire for the Hewitt Trophy.