Sailing Takes Fifth at Home Regatta

The Harvard coed sailing team was back on the water this weekend, competing in four regattas in the northeast area and posting its highest finish in the one in which it hosted, the Central Series Three.


Hosting its first regatta of the spring season, Harvard placed fifth against 10 other schools within its conference. Junior Rebecca Frankel and freshman Bennett Capozzi finished in first for the A division with 27 points while freshmen David Mende and Nomin-Erdene Jagdagdorj took fifth in the B division.

“What really worked well for us was good communication between the two of us,” Capozzi said. “Keeping our heads in the game with the wind-shifts and what was going on in the course allowed us to sail the best we could as a team.”

The conditions on the Charles River were cold and windy, but the team was happy to be back on the water. Two regattas earlier in the season that were to be hosted by the Crimson had been canceled due to ice.


With the first-place divisional finish, Harvard finished with the highest overall ranking the team would make all weekend.

“[Frankel and I] want to work on being more physically involved,” Capozzi said. “We were a really light boat out there, we worked hard to keep it flat. Although we were mentally all there, physically, we could do more.”


Harvard was back on the Charles with another in-conference regatta this weekend, sailing in 420s for the BU trophy. The squad finished up on Sunday in seventh place with 152 points. Northeastern took the win with 106.

“This weekend was pretty good,” freshman Juan Perdomo said. “For me, I thought it was a good experience getting used to double handled boats since I was mostly in lasers last semester.”

Perdomo was joined in his 420 by classmate Priscilla Russo. The pair forced a head-to-head tiebreaker with Tufts, but lost that to fall to 10th with 86 points. The Crimson sent only freshmen to this regatta, with Matthew Mollerus and Olivia Kjorlien competing in the B division and coming in sixth place with 66 points.

“I think that the team as a whole is improving greatly,” Perdomo said. “We’re getting better and better, but we need to stay consistent with or results. We have to make sure the team is competing at the same level every weekend, which largely has to do with how we preform mentally.”


Four women of Harvard sailing went down to Brown for this intersectional regatta and returned in eighth place with 233 points.

The conditions were poor, with hard rain and cold in Providence, R.I. Eighteen schools competed in 420s.