Harvard Struggles Through Four Regattas

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Danni Xie

The Harvard sailing team, shown here in earlier action, sent boats to four regattas this past weekend. The Crimson managed to post several solid performances, including a top-five effort from freshmen Ansel Duff and Ashleigh Inglis in the B-Division of the BC Invitational, as both A and B division sailors finished the event in eighth place.

It was an unpredictable weekend for the Harvard sailing team, as poor weather conditions caused the sailors to compete under unfavorable circumstances and forced several regattas to call off entire days of racing.


The Crimson sent a youthful contingent to the Sherman Hoyt Trophy, at Brown and co-hosted by nearby Boston College. The sailors fought breezy shifts of 90 degrees on Saturday, which died down on Sunday, but an on-land postponement caused a very late start, limiting the amount of completed races to six.

Freshman Gram Slattery and sophomore Sarah Pierson battled these conditions as skipper and crew respectively to take 14th in the A-division, taking four top-five finishes on the weekend.  The two finished the weekend with 70 points.

In the B-division, the freshman duo of Michael Drumm and Richard Bergsund found a bit more success than their A-division counterparts, placing in the top five in six of their races and earning 49 points on their way to an eighth-place finish out of the field of 18.


“We have figured each other out, and we trust each other a lot,” Drumm said.  “We are pretty comfortable with each other, and we were able to make decisions well.”

Harvard finished the regatta in 13th place overall. The Eagles would narrowly edge out Yale and College of Charleston for the overall victory.


The Crimson started off strong in the Stu Nelson Trophy, a women’s event hosted by Connecticut College, but Mother Nature had other plans. After a full day of racing on Saturday, the regatta was called off on Sunday due to a lack of wind.  With severe limitations due to the weather conditions, the results of the event will not be considered official, as the required three races in each division were not completed.

Harvard did have a strong showing on Saturday, the only day of sailing for the event. The senior pair of co-captain Alex Jumper and Emily Lambert finished Saturday sitting atop the A-division scoreboard. The tandem earned three top-five finishes out of its four races and ended the day with 18 points.

In the B-division, sophomores Morgan Russom and Isabel Ruane had a disqualification in their second race of the regatta that pushed them to the bottom of the scoreboard. With no wind on Sunday, the B-division was only able to complete two races.

Overall, the Crimson finished the regatta in seventh place with a score of 52 points, taking the tiebreaker over MIT, and only two points away from a three-way tie with the U.S. Naval Academy and Tufts.


Harvard also competed at the 138th Rudolph Oberg Trophy—in-conference regatta—hosted by cross-town rival MIT. Light, shifting breezes on Sunday made conditions difficult, and long postponements interrupted the races as the sailors hoped for stronger winds.

The Crimson took ninth in the A-division behind freshman Brian Drumm and junior Nicholas Gordon. With four top-five finishes, Drumm and Gordon gave a very steady performance throughout the day, earning 93 points.