Sailing Produces Mediocre Results

A weekend of strong winds and false starts ended with middling results for the Harvard sailing team in its second week of competition.

The Crimson sailed in three different regattas on Saturday and Sunday. The women’s team headed north to Dartmouth, placing 13th in the Mrs. Hurst Bowl regatta. Meanwhile, co-ed squads finished 10th at the MIT-hosted Hatch Brown Trophy on the Charles River and fourteenth at the Nevin’s Trophy regatta in Kings Point, N.Y.

“Overall, it was a pretty tough weekend,” Harvard coach Mike O’Connor said. “I’m pleased with the effort of our team, but we need to make sure that we can maintain this level of effort and increase the acuity of our focus on a daily basis.”

O’Connor also noted that the teams’ configurations are still “very much a work in progress.” The young team must adjust this fall due to the absence of All-American crew Sarah Pierson, whose work commitments have forced her to miss weekend regattas. As a result, Harvard has been forced to shuffle its best lineups.

O’Connor emphasized the need to take the season one step at a time.

“Right now, we’re looking at next week. We need to focus on preparing ourselves as best we can for whatever regattas we have,” O’Connor said. “We don’t have enough experience or talent yet to focus on the big picture; we need to go day by day and really work together as a team before we can focus on some larger goals.”


Hanover’s Mascoma Lake provided some challenges for the Harvard women, as the Crimson finished 13th in the 22-school field with an overall score of 277 points.

On Saturday, the duo of juniors Morgan Russom and co-captain Isabel Ruane opened the regatta on pace for a top-10 finish in Division A as strong breezes swept across the water. But the pair ended up with 138 points and a 13th place finish after a disqualification on Sunday.

The Crimson’s Division B boat started slow but enjoyed moderate progress throughout the weekend. The trio of juniors Caitlin Watson, Jacquelyn Cooley, and freshman Sophie Bermudez placed fourteenth in the Division with 139 points.

Meanwhile, thanks to a dominant 40-point performance in Division B, Yale scored 133 overall points to walk away with its fourth regatta title of the young season. The University of Rhode Island finished atop Division A with 78 points.


A group of Harvard co-ed sailors raced on the familiar Charles River to pick up a 10th-place finish in the 18-school Hatch Brown Trophy.

Senior Jason Michas and sophomore Emma Smith came away with Harvard’s sole race victory of the weekend, placing first in the 11th Division B race of the regatta. After 15 races, the pair finished 10th in the Division B standings with 143 points.

In Division A, sophomore Michael Drumm and junior Alma Lafler combined for 159 points and a 12th-place finish. The freshman pair of Sydney Karnovsky and Andrew Mollerus collected 157 points for an 11th-place finish in Division C.