The Crimson hosts its first of three regattas at home in 2014 (photo courtesy Ken Legler).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The No. 19 Harvard coed sailing team's opening weekend features a pair of regattas. The Crimson will host the Wood Trophy Team Race on the Charles River and venture to St. Mary's City, Md., for the St. Mary's Team Race. Sailing at each regatta is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m.
Fans can follow live stats from the races, here.
Over the course of 10 weeks this fall, the Crimson coeds and Harvard women's squad competed in a combined 35 regattas and notched 21 top-10 finishes including two victories. Juan Carlos Perdomo became the first Harvard sailor in six years to compete at the ICSA Singlehanded Championships and the first freshman in program history to claim the Griswold Trophy with a second-place performance. The coeds earned a spot at the Atlantic Coast Tournament where they finished 14th while the women's fall state ended with a 15th place showing at the 48th Victorian Coffee Urn Trophy.
Last Time on the Water
Harvard closed out its fall season with a 14th-place performance at the Atlantic Coast Tournament hosted by Connecticut College Nov. 16-17.
The fleet of 17 teams raced in FJs across two divisions in four races on the Thames River. Harvard's two boats combined for 88 points overall to take 14th in its 28th regatta of the fall season. Rhode Island won the regatta with 33 points.
Rank and File
In the initial spring Sailing World's college rankings, presented by Gill and Sailors for the Sea, Harvard's coed sailing team ranked 19th. Nine NEISA schools made the national list as Yale (2), Dartmouth (3), Boston College (6) and Roger Williams (8) sit in the top-10, while Brown (11), MIT (12), Tufts (15) and Connecticut College (16) round out the conference's schools.
Related Links: Sailing World's College Rankings
About the Wood Trophy Team Race
The Wood Trophy Team Race marks the first of three home regattas for the Crimson this spring. A field of eight teams, including five in the top-20, will take to the Charles River in FJs.
About the St. Mary's Team Race
Over the course of two days, vessels representing ten schools, which includes eight ranked squads, will sail on the St. Mary's River. Each day features the fleets racing in 420s over 12 flights at the intersectional team race.
On the Charles, sailors will face northwest winds of 5 to 10 knots on Saturday with similar conditions on the second day of the weekend with possible gusts of 20 knots in the afternoon. Competition on the St. Mary's River is expected to see draughts of 5 to 10 knots from the northeast on both days of racing.
For up-to-date forecasts, click here.
The Crimson competed on the Charles River 11 times in the fall and finished in the top-10 in every outing except two. Harvard's two victories came on the local water.
Sailor of the Week
For his second-place finish at the ICSA Singlehanded Championships, Juan Carlos Perdomo was named the New England Intercollegiate Sailing Association Coed Sailor of the Week Nov. 12. The weekly accolade was the first of the freshman's career and first weekly award presented to a Crimson sailor this season.
Related Link: Perdomo Named NEISA Sailor of the Week
Leading the Fleet
Michael O'Connor is entering his 17th season at the helm of the Harvard sailing teams. Since he took over the Crimson program in 1997, Harvard has won the national team race championships in 2002 and 2003, as well as the 2003 national coed championship and the women's national title in 2005.
Captains of the Ships
Senior Isabel Ruane will return to her duties as the women's captain for the third consecutive season, while classmate Ames Lyman will lead the coeds.
Ruane's third consecutive reign as captain marks the first time in Harvard sailing history that the Crimson are led by the same sailor for three-straight seasons. The senior's tenure displaces Clay Johnson '07's and Ben Lamont '14's two-season captaincy term record.
Next weekend the Crimson travels to New London, Conn., to compete in the 17th Southern New England Team Race hosted by Connecticut College.