Sailing Competes In Four Regattas

This weekend, the Harvard sailing team took to rivers and oceans alike, competing in four regattas. The women’s team took 12th at the NEISA Conference Championship, while co-ed contingents took fourth, sixth, and eighth in the Admiral’s Cup, the Boston Dinghy Cup and the George Morris Trophy, respectively.


An all-female contingent of the Crimson traveled to Boston College, where sailors competed against other NEISA teams for a shot at nationals. Harvard’s 12th place finish fell short as the top eight teams received a bid.

The trophy ended up in the hands of host Boston College, who was followed by the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and Yale.

While the weather was clear and sunny, shifty winds provided a challenge for sailors. On a few occasions, the tricky winds resulted in disqualifications.


In the A division, freshman skipper Taylor Ladd raced the first 10 races alongside junior crew Kristina Jakobson. For races 11-16, senior crew Rebecca Frankel stepped in. The Crimson earned 12th place in the division, one point ahead of 13th place Roger Williams.

Racing in the B division, the duo of junior skipper Sophie Bermudez and senior crew Ashleigh Inglis sailed to a 12th place finish with 145 points.


Another Harvard squad took sixth at the 80th Boston Dinghy Cup—the oldest race in college sailing. The Crimson’s combined score of 183 put it ahead of No. 2 BC and No. 1 Yale. The sailors traveled just down the river to MIT, where they competed in three divisions.

“It's cool to think that 80 years later, we're still sailing the same courses in the same part of the Charles River basin,” freshman skipper Nick Sertl said.

Repeat champion Stanford took first place with a score of 163, coming back from some low-placing performances at the beginning of the regatta.

Eighteen teams trekked to the interconference competition, including Ancient Eight foes Dartmouth and Brown, which took second and fourth, respectively. Local rival Tufts took third, and host MIT took seventh. Harvard also faced new competition from all over the United States, including Washington and Buffalo.

Winds at this regatta proved shifty as well, and racing was called early on both Saturday and Sunday due to lack of wind.

“The conditions on the Charles were difficult to succeed in,” freshman Kevin Coakley said. “There was no consistency. We did our best to adjust on the fly and make smart decisions on the course.”

Senior skipper Michael Drumm and Coakley represented the Crimson in the A division. Their score of 83 edged out Vermont by a point.


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