Southern New England Team Race on Tap for No. 17 Coed Sailing this Weekend
The Crimson heads back out on the water for its second race of the spring (photo courtesy Ken Legler).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The No. 17 Harvard coed sailing team will race at Connecticut College's 17th-annual Southern New England Team Race when it travels to New London, Conn., this weekend. Racing is slated to start at 9:30 a.m. each day.
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About the 17th Southern New England Team Race
Connecticut College, who ranks 13th in the national poll, has hosted the Southern New England Team Race for the past 17 seasons on the Thames River. This season's edition will feature nine teams, including four ranked in the top-20, compete in FJs over the course of two days.
The Crimson last competed at the Southern New Team Race in its 14th edition in 2011. Harvard used 14 victories and only dropped a single race to capture the title.
The Crimson's first multiple regatta weekend of the spring is in store March 22-23, as the squad splits up for three local races. Harvard will compete at the Team Race Invitational hosted by Boston College, the Central Series 2 hosted by Boston University and Northeastern and the 54th Friss Trophy at Tufts.
Last Time on the Water
Harvard opened its 2014 spring schedule with a seventh-place finish at the St. Mary's Team Race last weekend.
Over the course of two days, 10 teams clashed on the St. Mary's River in 420s. The Crimson split its four races on Saturday, but couldn't rally a win on Sunday to finish the race, 2-7, in a three way tie for seventh with then-No. 14 Fordham and then-No. 13 Hobart and William Smith College.
Junior Gram Slattery and sophomores Andrew Mollerus and Marek Zaleski manned Harvard's boats as skippers. The Crimson's crew was staffed by sophomore Sydney Karnovsky and freshmen Julia Lord and Emma Wheeler.
Rank and File
After opening its spring slate with a seventh-place performance at the St. Mary's Team Race, Harvard's coed sailing team has moved up to No. 17 in the Sailing World's college rankings, presented by Gill and Sailors of the Sea. The Crimson was initially ranked 19th in the national preseason poll. Harvard is one-of-nine NEISA schools to make the national list as Yale (1), Boston College (5), Dartmouth (6), Roger Williams (9) and Brown (10) sit in the top-10, while MIT (12), Tufts (15) and Connecticut College (13) round out the conference's schools.
Related Links: Sailing World's College Rankings
Racing will open on Saturday with southwest winds of 10 to 15 knots turning into west squalls of 5 to 10 knots. The breeze shifts on Sunday to north winds at 5 to 10 knots.
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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.