Harvard University won the 2002 Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association North American Team Race Championship with a perfect record of 17 wins and no losses.
Tufts University placed second at 13-4, followed closely by Georgetown, who had 12 wins - 5 losses. College of Charleston rounded out the top four with a cumulative 8-9 record.
The three-day event was sailed in the eighty-degree air and water temperatures of the Keehi Lagoon on the south shore of Oahu. ICSA President Mitch Brindley (Smithfield, Va.) said, "New England proved their excellence in team racing this year. The event was full of excellent competition. Congratulations to Harvard for the hard work of sailing a flawless regatta."
Hosted by the University of Hawaii, the regatta was run from the Honolulu Community College Marine Education and Training Center. In the team racing discipline, two teams each sail three boats at one time. The team with the better combined score at the finish is declared the winner. One complete round robin was sailed Sunday and Monday, with each of the twelve teams facing each other school once. In today's racing, the top four teams completed two "final four" round robins. Two of this morning's races had to be re-sailed when light and variable conditions resulted in the mixing of the separate races. Eventually, 10-15 knot tradewinds filled allowing the completion of the competition. Sailors raced Vanguard Flying Juniors (FJs) provided by the hosts. Vanguard Sailboats (Portsmouth, R.I.) is a partner in the ICSA Growth and Development Project.
Harvard University placed second last year and was poised to win this year's competition, having won numerous regattas since last year's event in Cambridge, Mass. When asked for the secret's of his team's success, coach Bern Noack (Belmont, Mass.) said, "when the tradewinds kicked in today, we had good boatspeed and boathandling," and thanked, "a good team effort." The Crimson used four skippers en route to their victory: senior Seaon Doyle (St. Petersburg, Fla.), junior Clay Bischoff (Miami, Fla.), sophomore Cardwell Potts (New Orleans, La.) and junior Dan Litchfield (Wayland, Mass.). Harvard's five crews were junior Michelle Yu (Mountain View, Calif.), junior Lema Kikuchi (Bethesda, Md.), senior Susan Bonney (Westford, Mass.), senior Laura Knoll (Freedom, N.H.) and junior Gabe Dorfman (Port Angeles, Wash.).
In today's racing, Tufts' only losses were to Harvard, allowing the Jumbos to climb to second place overall. Coach Ken Legler (Medford, Mass.) said he was, "extremely pleased with the team's improvement and performance." He complimented the Crimson's team racing ability, saying, "we'd make one mistake and it would be over." Senior John Birkett (Boston, Mass.) and juniors Pete Levesque (Portland, Maine) and J.R. Maxwell (Stonington, Ct.) skippered, while juniors Caroline Hall (Tiverton, R.I.), Deane Madsen (Brookline, Mass.), Clare Dooley (Edgartown, Mass.) and Matt Cohen (Falmouth, Mass.), and sophomore Katie Shuman (Seattle, Wash.) crewed.
Defending champion Georgetown University "had a tough day," according to coach Michael Callahan (Daingerfield Island, Va.). "We had a winning combination down at the leeward mark in every race." The Hoyas went 2-4 in today's races, finishing in third place overall. Callahan wasn't too hard on the performance of his team, which has many graduating seniors, saying "A first, second, and third place finish at this regatta in three years is a record to be proud of." Skippering for the Hoyas were seniors Brian Bissell (Newport Beach, Calif.) and Ken Ward (Tampa, Fla.), and sophomore Tyler Haskell (Newport Beach, Calif.). Crews were Alex Holtan (Larchmont, N.Y.), Kat Penberthy (Rowayton, Conn.), Leah Williams (South Dartmouth, Mass.) and Melanie Wood (Seattle, Wash.), all seniors, junior Shelly Wentworth (Centerville, Mass.), sophomore Eliza Ryan (Marblehead, Mass.) and freshman Barbara Hall (Marion, Mass.)
Twelve teams qualified to sail in the regatta through regional eliminations. The participants were: College of Charleston (Charleston, S.C.), Eckerd College (St. Petersburg, Fla.), Georgetown University (Washington, D.C.), Harvard University (Cambridge, Mass.), Old Dominion University (Norfolk, Va.), Tufts University (Medford, Mass.), University of Calif./Santa Barbara (Santa Barbara, Calif.), University of Hawaii (Honolulu, Hawaii), University of Minnesota (Minneapolis, Minn.), University of Texas (Austin, Texas), University of Washington (Seattle, Wash.), and the University of Wisconsin (Madison, Wis.).
The Team Racing North Americans was the second of three ICSA Spring Championships. The ICSA/Gill North American Dinghy Championship begins tomorrow. ICSA has a web site team on location throughout the regattas to provide updated coverage of the events as they happen. In addition to breaking news, the site features daily wrap-ups, and pictures of the festivities and racing.