Collegiate sailing is an elusive sport. While water polo and swimming find comfort in a heated pool, the Harvard sailing team braves the cold and unforgiving outdoor waters. The team must embrace the elements, for the wind and water determine whether they will succeed—or fail.
This weekend, the Harvard Sailing team faced off in two regattas—the New England Team Race Championship and the Emily Wick Trophy.
The Harvard sailing team was kept busy this weekend with four different regattas across New England. The team hosted the Central Series III, as well as sent sailors to the Lynne Marchiando Trophy Team Race hosted by MIT, the Dellenbaugh Women’s Trophy hosted by Brown, and the BU Trophy.
At the Charleston Spring Coed Regatta on March 11 and 12, the Crimson sailing team claimed a first place finish by a margin of four points over the second place Georgetown Hoyas.
A third place finish in the New England Match Race Championships propelled the Harvard sailing team into a four regatta weekend. This, in addition to the team’s rise to national prominence as women’s and coed teams were ranked 15th and 20th, respectively in the Sailing World Magazine’s latest poll, contributed to a successful weekend, despite the weather.
The Harvard sailing team demonstrated its resilience this weekend, fighting through difficult conditions to secure another set of strong results at two regattas. Despite facing heavy rain and challenging, variable wind, the Crimson was able to collect a pair of top-ten finishes, including its second victory of the year.
On the second weekend of competition for the Harvard sailing team, the group, participating in four events, continually placed in the middle of the pack.