The team of Harvard sailing saw the unpredictable weather in four regattas, which held in the past weekend and emerged with overall mixed results.
The Crimson divided four events across the Northeast, keeping Harvard Invitational at home, the Regis Bowl, organized by Boston University, the George Warren Smith Trophy at MIT, and the fourth one the Rogers Trophy at Cornell. Wind and Rain played havoc over the course during the initial two-day of regattas.
The Harvard Invitational was the second sailing team home regatta of the fall. In the race, Harvard took fifth position by a wide margin, but turned in short with 16 points Brown in fourth. At the end, the Crimson edged out Emmanuel College and Bates College, amongst others.
At the regatta of MIT, Harvard secured sixth through showers on Saturday and fair weather on Sunday. The Smith Trophy holds the most significance for being the only event in college sailing in which teams competed in tech dinghies, which as opposed to two has one. But the Charles River emerged to be more of a factor in the regatta result than its unusual boats.
Junior Andrew Puopolo said on the occasion “On the River Charles, the wind can be quite random and shifty, so it is pretty important to keep the head out of the boat and also poses a good attitude.”
At the same time, women’s team members secured the eighth position at the Rogers Trophy, which was hosted by Cornell. The weather conditions at the Cayuga Lake were the opposite of those on the Charles: on Saturday, competitors faced the clear skies and a sudden, chill without wind on Sunday. The finish of Crimson came off a tiebreaker of head-to-head opposite Tufts and Northwestern, both of which totaled 145 points.