Sailing Competes in Three Regattas

In the three regattas of the weekend, Harvard maintained its impressive and consistent season of performances. In the President’s Trophy, Friis-Marchiando, and Central Series 3, the Crimson placed in eighth, sixth, and twelfth, respectively.


Boston University hosted the women’s intersectional regatta, the President’s Trophy regatta on the Charles River.

Saturday, the winds came with excitement. Northwestern winds are known to produce inconsistent conditions on the Charles; the shifts and auto-tacks produced three capsizes.

Crews navigated constant shifts and choppy waters, both of which led to horizon jobs throughout the afternoon. Later, eastern breezes brought cooler temperatures.

“We sent two of our talented women’s skippers with two new crews—Morgan Russom and Caitlin Watson skippering and Emma Smith and Jaquelyn Cooley crewing for them, respectively,” sophomore co-captain Isabel Ruane said.

Notably, sophomores Watson and Jaquelyn Cooley marked five top-five finishes. With 81 points, the tandem boat placed seventh in the B division.

Sophomore Morgan Russom and freshman Emma Smith represented Harvard in the A division with 97 points for an eighth place finish. Overall, the Crimson women’s squad placed in eighth of 13 teams.


The Friis-Marchiando Regatta is a two-day competition held at both MIT and Tufts. On the first day, pre-seeded teams go to either Tufts to sail in Larks, or to MIT to sail in FJs. The top four teams from each location go to Tufts for the championship Friis race, and the bottom teams go to MIT for the Marchiando consolation race in fireflies.

On Saturday, Harvard generated a record of 6-6. It placed third out of the eight teams, securing a spot in the top four at MIT. Along with Boston College, Roger Williams and MIT, Harvard earned itself a spot in the Friis Trophy.

Sunday brought northwesterlies ranging five to 18 knots on Mystic Lake in Medford Mass. Strong winds paired with Tuft’s flattop mains and larks made for a day of fast racing. The strong trio boat, composed of senior skippers Emily Lambert and Brendan Kopp with freshman Gram Slattery exemplifies the spirit of the Crimson team.

The Crimson compiled a ledger of 4-10 on Sunday, which put them in sixth place out of eight squads.

“We’re a young team overall with some very talented seniors,” said sophomore co-captian Ben Lamont, who did not sail this weekend. “Therefore we’re focused on both winning Nationals this spring and gaining experience for the future. Emily Lambert and Brendan Kopp have led the way as our top two skippers in competition, but have also led the way in preparing the younger members of our team for competition at the highest level.”