Crimson Sailing Performs Well Again

Meredith H. Keffer

The Harvard sailing team sent its sailors to compete in four regattas this past weekend.

The Harvard sailing team continued its string of strong performances this past weekend, as the coed squad earned a team victory in at least one regatta for the third consecutive weekend. Staying close to home, a coed contingent captured the Professor Steadman Hood Trophy at Tufts by outpacing the host Jumbos and the rest of the 20-team field by a significant margin of over 30 points, finishing with a final tally of 141 to Tufts’ 173.

“We were able to sail well in both divisions on both days,” junior skipper Brendan Kopp said, “and I think, as a team, we’re really performing well right now.”

The coed squad also sent a group of sailors down to Maryland for the St. Mary’s Fall Intersectional regatta, in which the Crimson finished fifth. Two other contingents also represented Harvard on the weekend and came away with matching finishes of ninth place, as the women’s team had a group of freshmen compete at the Women’s Regis Bowl regatta at Boston University and the coed squad had another group race at MIT in the Commonwealth Invitational as the third installment of the Central Series of racing.

“We competed at two top coed events this weekend,” senior skipper Alan Palmer said. “And we performed well at both. All five of our best skippers got to sail this weekend, which was nice.”


Harvard’s top coed sailors finished first at the Professor Steadman Hood Trophy regatta over the weekend, using consistently strong efforts in all 28 races to defeat some of the best teams in New England. The Crimson notched 22 top-five finishes and claimed three race victories over two days of competition.

The A division of racing saw Palmer team up with fellow fourth-year crew Quincy Bock to place second in the division.

“Sailing at Tufts is always hard because it has extremely shifty wind conditions,” Palmer said. “We need to work on keeping our eyes on the course ahead and making faster decisions to the changes that we see in front of us. We were a little reluctant to react in the A division this weekend, and I think that might have cost us a little.”

Captain skipper Tedd Himler and sophomore crew Alma Lafler finished first in the B division after one day of racing, and Kopp and junior crew William White, who is also a Crimson news editor, picked up where they left off on Sunday, helping Harvard bring home top honors in the division.

“We are likely going to see some of the same teams we saw this weekend in the next few weeks,” Kopp said. “So hopefully we can try to continue the streak that were are on.”


The coed squad sent another group of its top sailors to St. Mary’s College of Maryland over the weekend to compete in the St. Mary’s Fall Intersectional regatta, in which the Crimson finished fifth among 18 teams.

Seniors John Stokes and Meghan Wareham took care of the skippering and crewing duties in the A division, respectively. Junior captain Emily Lambert served as skipper and fellow third-year Marie Appel acted as crew in the B division and finished eighth on the weekend.


Four freshmen represented the Harvard women’s sailing team at the Women’s Regis Bowl regatta this past weekend at Boston University, and the rookies gained some valuable experience in placing ninth out of 13 teams.

Skipper Morgan Russom and crew Isabel Ruane placed ninth in the A division, while Caitlin Watson and Louisa French served as skipper and crew, respectively, in the B division, in which the duo finished seventh.


The Crimson had a coed contingent place ninth out of 18 teams at the Commonwealth Invitational held at MIT over the weekend. The underclassmen representatives from Harvard included Sam Millham and Margaret Fulham competing in the A division and Nick Waldo and Jin Zang in the B division.

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