Often faced with four or five regattas in one weekend, the Harvard sailing team took a bit of a break this week as midterm season has started here on campus. The Crimson sent a co-ed contingent to the Moody Trophy Regatta held in Rhode Island, where Harvard sailed away with a second-place team finish.
“We were able to continue to maintain our good, consistent results from throughout the fall this weekend,” junior skipper Brendan Kopp said.
The Crimson also had a group of female sailors compete at the Navy Fall Women’s Regatta held in Annapolis, Md., where Harvard placed 14th out of a field of 17. Senior Colin Santangelo also took to the waters this weekend for the Crimson, as the skipper competed individually at the New England Men’s Singlehanded Championships hosted by Yale.
Harvard’s top co-ed sailors traveled down to Rhode Island this weekend to compete in the Moody Trophy regatta, where the Crimson placed second in a field of 18 teams, bested only by its rivals from Yale.
Captain skipper Tedd Himler teamed up with fellow senior crew Quincy Bock to easily take home top honors in the A division of racing, finishing in the top two in six of the 13 races on the weekend.
Kopp and classmate crew William White, who is also a Crimson news editor, took home a fifth-place finish in the B division, just eight points out of third. The duo had six top-three finishes over the two days of competition.
“Teddy sailed really well in the A division,” Kopp said. “We were not particularly pleased with how things went in the B division. We thought we could have performed a little better, but we were still able to finish well as a team overall.”
NAVY FALL WOMEN’S REGATTA
Harvard’s lone women’s contingent on the weekend competed at the Navy Fall Women’s Regatta. The Crimson finished 14th in a 17-team field, as the sailors from Brown took home top honors from the two days of competition.
The junior duo of captain skipper Emily Lambert and crew Alexandra Jumper finished seventh in the A division of racing, as the pair closed out the 16 races on the weekend with a trio of top-three finishes.
Freshman skipper Caitlin Watson and junior crew Claire Miller finished 14th in the B division of racing, and freshman Morgan Russom placed 15th in the C division.
NEW ENGLAND MEN’S SINGLEHANDED CHAMPIONSHIPS
Colin Santangelo represented Harvard over the weekend at the New England Men’s Singlehanded Championships hosted by Yale on the Long Island Sound. While Santangelo placed last in the field of 20 individuals competing in Laser boats, this is primarily due to him not competing in 14 of the 18 races on the weekend due to the water and wind conditions.
“I have done pretty well at this regatta in the past,” Santangelo said, “so we decided to send me down there to compete in it again this year. I ended up being too light for the heavy winds, however, and therefore was not able to be really competitive. A Laser boat is designed for people weighing 180 pounds or more, and I only weigh 160, so the heavy winds gave me some problems.”
While the Crimson would have liked Santangelo to be able to place higher, Harvard should not be hurt to a large extent by not having a high finisher at this regatta.
“This regatta was not as much of a priority for our team this year,” Santangelo said. “We don’t have a traditional Laser sailor, so we were not relying too much on this regatta to gain points for the end of the year.”
Santangelo also echoed the importance of this weekend in providing some down time for the busy Crimson sailing team as it sets its sights on more important regattas later this year.
“We have a lot of new people on our team,” Santangelo said, “and you don’t want any of the up-and-comers to get burned out on collegiate sailing too soon, so it was nice for them to be able to use this weekend to catch up on work, relax a little, and recover and recuperate for more important regattas later this year. We have been doing well in all of our intersectional regattas so far this season and have set ourselves up to have a great year.”
—Staff writer Thomas D. Hutchison can be reached at email@example.com.