Sailing Blows Away Competition

Not only was the third time a charm this weekend for the Harvard sailing teams, so were the first and second, as they took home first place finishes in three regattas: the Emily Wick Trophy, the Yale Team Race, and the Jan Friis Trophy Team Race.

The women's team battled treacherous conditions and a competitive field of 16 teams to win the Wick Trophy at MIT. Although strong and gusty winds forced race officials to call the regatta early, Harvard stood at the top of the leader board after 4 races in each of two divisions.

Senior skipper Lauren Toretta and co-captain Alex Beale finished first overall in the A division.


"We really held it together out there, despite the somewhat crazy conditions," Beale said. "It was a good opportunity for us to demonstrate the improvements we made over spring break."

The coed team was victorious at the Yale and Friis Trophy Team Races.

Racing was close in New Haven, and the Crimson shared a first place overall finish with St. Mary's and Dartmouth, who both had ten wins and four losses during the weekend in a round robin match-racing format.

Harvard's triumphant trio of boats were manned by the skipper/crew combinations of senior Jason Carroll and freshman Natalie MacLean, freshman Clay Bischoff and Lema Kikuchi, and junior Jack Donahue with sophomore Mara Stith. Junior Matt Ocwieja also crewed for Carroll.

Extreme conditions prevailed over the weekend.

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