For most Harvard students, the first weekend of the school year seems like a continuation of summer. The sun is still out, there is barely any work to be done, and hours of free time are waiting to be wasted.
But this was not the case for the Harvard sailing team. While most were relaxing, the Crimson sailors kicked off their season with a full weekend of competitions.
Harvard competed in three regattas on Saturday and Sunday. A freshmen crew from the coed sailing team finished second in the Tufts Central Series 1 regatta, while other coed racers ended up in the eighth spot at Yale’s Harry Anderson Trophy. Over at MIT, the women’s sailing team took the eighth position at the Toni Deustch ’58 regatta.
“I saw what I wanted to, which was a strong effort and enthusiasm,” Harvard coach Mike O’Connor said. “Now I have an objective view of what we need to work on. We did some things pretty well, and I’m pleased with the start and pleased with the effort.”
HARRY ANDERSON TROPHY
A group of coed racers headed down to New Haven to compete in the annual Harry Anderson Trophy. It was the largest regatta of the weekend for the Crimson, as the racers were pitted against 16 other teams.
The sailors completed a full slate of races on Saturday, but the good weather did not continue into Sunday. Due to a weak breeze, only two races were held on what should have been day two of competition.
Harvard scored 127 points over the course of the regatta, resulting in an eighth place finish. Yale, the event host, won the regatta with 62 points.
Sophomore Gram Slattery, his classmate Brian Drumm, and junior Benjamin Lamont competed in the A division for the Crimson. This trio recorded 83 points, which was tenth best in their respective division.
Senior Jason Michas teamed with sophomores Michael Drumm and Reid Bergsund to score 44 points in the B Division, amassing the third lowest score in the division.
Michas, one of the senior leaders on the team, thought the squad performed well in its first regatta of the season.
“I think we were all trying to establish our positions on the team,” Michas said. “It was our first regatta of the season, so we were all a little rusty, but we were excited to get out and compete after practicing all week “
WOMEN’S TONI DEUTSCH ’58 TROPHY
The women’s team did not have to travel far for their races in MIT’s Women’s Toni Deutsch ’58 Trophy Regatta. Harvard scored 104 points in both the A and B divisions. The total of 208 landed the Crimson in the eighth overall spot.
The A division team of juniors Morgan Russom and Isabel Ruane won the first race of the day. The racing tandem finished in the top-five five times. Juniors Caitlin Watson and Jacquelyn Cooley, the B division duo, followed suit with five top-five finishes of their own.