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.”
LYNNE MARCHIANDO TROPHY TEAM RACE
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.
CENTRAL SERIES III
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.”
BRIEF: Sailing Finishes Fourth in CharlestownRacing at the J. Stewart Walker Sailing Complex, the two Crimson boats competing in the regatta combined for 157 points. Harvard finished fourth of 14 teams, behind No. 3 Georgetown, No. 13 Vermont, and No. 1 Yale.
Sailing Earns a Trio of Top-Three Finishes Over Four RegattasHarvard sailing made waves at four different regattas, ending the weekend with three top-three finishes. The team sent contingents to the 34th Lynne Marchiando Regatta, the BU Trophy Race, Central Series 3, and the Dellenbaugh Women's Trophy.
Sailing Competes In Four RegattasWhile the Harvard sailing team muddled through less than ideal sailing conditions throughout New England in a weekend of middling results, the team’s freshman sailors finished strongly in their Central Series 6 event.
Sailing Finishes Third Weekend in Middle of PackOn the third weekend of competition for the Harvard sailing team, the Crimson continually placed around the middle of the pack in four events.
Sailing Places Top 10 at Three Weekend EventsThe Harvard sailing team concluded an eventful weekend with three top-10 finishes, including a fourth-place effort at the Nickerson Trophy hosted by Tufts.