It marked the Cougars' eighth and ninth regatta win of the spring season. They are currently ranked No. 3 in the nation in Sailing World's College Rankings, presented by Sperry Top-Sider.
The Cougars sailed against 18-knot winds over 10 races in three-divisions on the Kings Point Trapezoid and defeated seventh-ranked Harvard by a 33-point margin for the Admiral's Cup. CofC turned in 166 points to the Crimson's 199 second-place points among a competitive 17-team field.
Junior skipper Zeke Horowitz (Sarasota, Fla.) and sophomore crew Cory DeCollibus (Duxbury, Mass.) tallied 62 points for a fourth-place finish in the A-Division race followed by junior skipper Sam Stokes (Norfolk, Va.) and sophomore Brooks Clark (Newport Beach, Calif.) with 60 third-place points in the B-Division and junior Erik Bowers (Excelsior, Minn.) with 44 first-place points in the C-Division. Competition at the two-day regatta was abandoned on Sunday due to a dead calm.
Meanwhile, the No. 11-ranked CofC women raced to a first-place victory at the SAISA Women's Championships held on Tampa Bay on Saturday. The Cougars (28 points) finished ahead of host USF (37 points) as well as third-place Eckerd College, fourth-place Clemson and fifth-place Miami (Fla.).
Junior Corey Hall (St. Petersburg, Fla.) skippered the A-Division boat to a first-place finish with sophomore crew Sarah Scudder (Mamaroneck, N.Y.), while freshman Grace Lucas (Little Silver, N.J.) skippered the B-Division to second-place with sophomore crew Sarah Somes (Grosse Pointe Park, Mich.). With the win, CofC qualified for the ICSA Sperry Top Sider Women's National Championships to be held on May 23-26 in Cascade Locks, Ore.
"We were very pleased with our racing this weekend," CofC Director of Sailing Greg Fisher said. "To beat Harvard by a 33-point margin, in a three-division race, is indicative to where we stand as a team on a national level. We are fortunate to have top-level sailors competing for us and our depth sets us apart from other programs in the country."
The Cougars will next travel to the West Coast this weekend to compete at the ICSA National Semifinals hosted by USC on Saturday, April 30, in Los Angeles, Calif.