Harvard Squad Sails to Ninth-Place Finish

Meredith H. Keffer

After capturing first place at the Professor Steadman Hood Trophy two weekends ago, Senior Emily Lambert (left), pictured above in earlier action, and the Harvard co-ed sailing team finished in ninth over the weekend at the Danmark Trophy. The Crimson was led by co-captain Brendan Kopp and sophomore Sarah Pierson, who finished in 10th place with 124 points.

Coming off its first victory at the Professor Steadman Hood Trophy last week, the Harvard sailing team was unable to repeat its success at either the Danmark Trophy or the Charles River Invitational this past weekend.

With the women’s squad not competing in any events, the sailing team’s focus lay on the co-eds.

The squad travelled to New London, Conn., to compete at the Danmark Trophy—hosted by the Coast Guard Academy—and came away with a ninth-place finish out of the field of 20 schools.

The seventh-ranked Crimson also hosted the one-day Charles River Invitational, an in-conference regatta on Sunday, where it placed 14th out of 15 teams.


The co-ed team opened the weekend on Saturday facing fair weather conditions. With enough wind and manageable current, six races were run in the morning.

The afternoon presented slightly more difficult conditions, with less wind and a strong flood tide, but both the A and B divisions were able to get in four races to close the day.

Co-captain Brendan Kopp, paired with sophomore crew Sarah Pierson, skippered for the A-Division team. The duo sailed to six top-10 finishes on Saturday and seven overall, ending the weekend in 10th place with 124 points.

“I personally had an okay day on Saturday,” Kopp said. “We were in fourth and pretty close to the second- and third-place teams, but I just had a terrible day on Sunday, and so we dropped because of that.”

“My crew, Sarah, sailed incredibly well also,” he continued. “She’s gotten better every week.”

For the B-Division team, senior Emily Lambert and freshman Reid Bergsund sailed for Harvard. The duo had five top-10 finishes of its own during the regatta and concluded the weekend with 132 points, good for 11th place in the field of 20.

The conditions on Sunday were more difficult, with a very light breeze only allowing for three races to be completed.

The day was highlighted by a first-place finish for the B-Division squad.

“Emily and Reid in B-Division sailed quite well,” Kopp said. “They won the race on the last day, and that was good … [because they raced] against tougher people than they have sailed against so far.”

Harvard finished the weekend with an overall score of 256 points, good for ninth place.


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