The Varsity sailors finished third, though only four points behind winning Brown, in last weekend's McMillan Cup regatta at Navy. Princeton was second.
The McMillan Cup, the North Atlantic Sailing Championship which started collegiate racing in 1928, is probably the most prestigious event of the Fall season. It is an honor to be chosen for the race, and Harvard, because of its high finish, almost automatically qualified for this spring's Kennedy Cup Regatta at Navy.
The Crimson sailors were tied for second, and only one point out of first, after the first day of competition in the 44-foot yawls. Captain Abbott Reeve said that mechanical failures were one reason for Harvard's drop to third on the second day.
Robbie Doyle skittered Harvard's yawl. Sailing with him were Reeve. Peter Olney, Alfred Woodworth, Edward Miller, Joe Worth, Jeff Storer, and Jeff Padnos. Jack McAleer was skipper for Brown's successful team.
Other teams in the regatta were defending champion Yale, Cornell, Navy, the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Coast Guard, and Northeastern.
The freshmen also finished third in their regatta Sunday at Coast Guard. The Yardlings, competing in a 13-team field, finished nine points out of first and two points out of second.
Alfred Poor and Francis Ganong sailed for Harvard in A division, and George Putnam and Link Munay sailed in B division. Putnam was the winning skipper in his division.