Harvard Sailing Team Faces Rough Weather Conditions in Four Weekend Regattas

The Harvard sailing team was kept busy this weekend with four different regattas across New England. The team hosted the Central Series III, as well as sent sailors to the Lynne Marchiando Trophy Team Race hosted by MIT, the Dellenbaugh Women’s Trophy hosted by Brown, and the BU Trophy.

The Crimson struggled in the rough weather conditions on Saturday. The team ultimately finished in the bottom half of the teams in all their regattas.

“I think we all knew we didn't perform our best this weekend,” freshman Jessica Williams said. “But we're taking it as a learning opportunity and a chance to pinpoint our weaknesses before the [NEISA] qualifiers.”


Harvard claimed tenth place out of the 16 teams racing in Fireflies and FJs on the Charles River at the Lynne Marchiando Regatta, going 9-5 in its Round Robin match ups. Dartmouth placed first, losing only two of its 12 match ups, for an 85.7 percent winning percentage. Yale University and Boston College came in 2nd and 3rd, respectively.


Racing started late on Saturday due to turbulent weather conditions, including wind, snow, rain, and, at times, hail. Three Harvard pairs braved the conditions: junior Kevin Coakley and sophomore Nick Karnovsky, junior Nick Sertl and senior Nomin Jagdagdorj, and sophomore Nick DiGiovanni and senior Priscilla Russo.

The teams started off strong, going 6-1 in the first round of the Round Robin, with the only loss coming at the hands of hosts MIT.

The second round presented more of a challenge for the Crimson, as it went 3-4, despite defeating Brown, Rhode Island, and Boston University.


After finishing 14th out of 18 teams at the Central Series II on March 25, Harvard came up with an eleventh place finish out of 16 teams competing in FJs on the Charles River. Races on Saturday were cancelled because of strong winds and cold temperatures, but conditions on Sunday made for a good afternoon of sailing, with lots of sun and a shifty N/NE breeze that dwindled by the end of the day.

In the A division, freshmen Sofia Mascia and Amalia Frohna held their own, finishing toward the middle of the pack in five of their six races, in addition to a third place finish in the last race for a total of 54 points and 10th place in the division. Sunday was Frohna’s third regatta in her sailing career, as she walked onto the sailing team in the fall.

“We had a really good weekend of development and getting used to racing together,” Mascia said. “We’re looking to race together in the future.”

Mascia and Frohna’s counterparts in the B division were junior Ben Zheng and freshman Juan Crestanello, who split time at skipper, with freshman Tancredi Castellano-Pucci at crew. The sailors finished 11th out of the 16 teams, failing to place in the top eight in all but the first of their six races, where they came in 6th.

Together, the two pairs collected a total of 116 points.

“Amalia and I are looking to improve on our starts and getting around the course more easily so that we can think more about tactics instead of boat handling” Mascia said. “I think the same goes for the sailors in Division B.”


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