Sailing Team Races Four Regattas

UPDATED: April 25, 2012, at 5:45 p.m.

Four regattas in one weekend spelled a mixture of success and failure for the Harvard sailing team. The co-ed team raced at the Wellesley Invite and competed for the the Thompson Trophy and the Admiral’s Cup, while the women raced at the Women’s New England Championship.


The Coast Guard Academy hosted the Thompson Trophy, an intersectional regatta.

On a foggy Saturday morning, the fleets sailed the W-4’s into a dying southern breeze. In the afternoon, sun came out and the breeze strengthened to eight to 12 knots before weakening towards the end of the day.

Sunday began with gentle northern winds that increased to eight to 12 knots throughout the day. The breeze stayed steady until a monsoon arrived in the afternoon.

The Crimson placed 17th out of 18 teams. Rival Yale, who Harvard has faced time and again this season, took first place once again.

A young FJ boat composed of freshmen Gram Slattery and Brian Drumm competed for the Crimson and finished in 16th. Sophomore Ames Lyman and freshman Mary Finlayson followed in 17th in the B division in giving Harvard 278 points.


King’s Point hosted the Admiral’s Cup intersectional regatta.

Saturday began with KP trapezoids in a shifty southern wind which measured 4 to twelve knots. In the afternoon, a burly 15 to 22 knot southern wind surfaced, helping out the larger crews.

Colder weather and rain on Sunday created larger waves and made for tighter runs.

The division A boat with senior Brendan Kopp, sophomore Sarah Pierson, and freshman Richard Bergsund held onto seventh place. The other boat, skippered by freshman Michael Drumm, finished with 197 points, putting Harvard into 14th place for the B division and seventh overall.


Boston College hosted the Women’s New England Championship, which was the conference championship regatta. These races determine who goes on to the women’s semifinals in Austin, Texas in late May.