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Sailing’s Busiest Spring Weekend Features Five Regattas

The Crimson will sail in five regattas for seven trophies this weekend (photo courtesy Robert Migliaccio). 

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Halfway through racing this spring, the Harvard sailing team will face the busiest weekend of its 2014 schedule sailing in five regattas for seven trophies. The No. 14 Crimson coeds will compete at the 74th Owen, Mosbacher & Kanpp Trophies, 27th Thompson Trophy, the 70th Oberg Trophy and the Savin Hill Invitational. The women will take the water at the 35th Duplin Trophy. 

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About the 74th Owen, Mosbacher & Knapp Trophies
The Owen, Mosbacher and Knapp Trophies create one regatta that represent three separate championships. Programs that are charter members of the Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association, members of the Ivy League, Coast Guard and Navy and their traditional rivals are invited to compete at the annual event. 

The Owen Trophy, in remembrance of George Owen, the inventor of the Tech Dinghy, is awarded to the overall winner of the event. The Mosbacher Trophy, named for Dartmouth sailor Bus Mosbacher, skipper of the successful America's Cup defender, is awarded to the top Ivy League finisher at the event, while the Knapp Trophy is awarded to the top finisher among the big-three Ancient Eight schools: Harvard, Princeton and Yale. 

The 74th edition of the Owen, Mosbacher & Knapp trophies will be hosted by Yale at the McNay Family Sailing Center in New Haven, Conn. Nineteen teams from two conferences will take the Thames River in two divisions in 420s. Sailing each day is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. 

Last season, Harvard finished seventh overall, third in the Mosbacher Trophy and second in the Knapp Trophy. The Crimson last captured all three titles in 2011, when Harvard finished first. 

About the 27th Thompson Trophy
The 27th Thompson Trophy is an intersectional regatta hosted by Coast Guard on the Thames River. Eighteen teams will clash on the water in New London, Conn., with each division sailing FJs. Racing is slated for a 9:30 a.m. start. The Crimson last competed in the annual event in 2012, when Harvard finished 17th. 

About the 76th Oberg Trophy
At the 76th Oberg Trophy, 18 teams will take the Charles River. The NEISA, three division regatta, hosted by MIT and Northeaster, will be raced in FJs and Fireflies with the divisions switching between the classes. Racing is slated for a 10:15 a.m. start each day. In the fall, Harvard finished 11th at the bi-annual event.

Related Link: Sailing Competes in Four Weekend Regattas 

About the Savin Hill Invitational
The Savin Hill Invitational, a Central Series regatta, is hosted by Boston College. The Central series regattas are routing regattas around the Boston area schools that feature top-ranked teams sailing through the spring.  Two divisions of NEISA teams will clash on Dorchester Bay. 

Related Link: Sailing Takes 10th at Northeastern Dinghy Championship, Completes Four Regattas

About the 35th Duplin Trophy
The 35th Duplin Trophy is the only women team race of the spring season. The two-division, intersectional regatta is sailed on Mystic Lake in Medford, Mass., in Tufts' fleet of Larks, high-performance, double-handed dinghies. The Jumbos are the only collegiate team that sails Larks, to hold an upper hand on the 20-team field. Competition is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m.

The Crimson last competed in the team race in 2010, when Harvard took fifth. 

Related Link: Four Top-Five Finishes for Harvard Sailors

Forecast
Teams on the Thames River will see northeast breezes of 5 to 10 knots on Saturday, drifting to the southeast in the afternoon. On Sunday in Connecticut, south squalls of 5 to 10 knots with gusts of 10 to 15 knots possible. In the Bay State, sailors will face east winds of 5 knots shifting to southeast drifts in the afternoon. The second day of racing will feature south breezes of 10 to 15 knots. 

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Coming Up
Three championship qualifiers are in store for the Crimson next weekend as the coeds host the 84th Boston Dinghy Club Challenge Cup, the freshman compete at the 73rd Priddy Trophy and the women sail at the 43rd Reed Trophy. Harvard will also send sailors to the 11th George Morris Trophy and the 29th Admirals' Cup.

Last Time on the Water
On a weekend where New England saw a mixture of breezes, the Harvard sailing teams competed in three regattas. The 17th-seeded Crimson coeds took sixth at the 65th Fowle Trophy and fifth at the 4th Mystic Team Race, while the women's squad finished 17th at the Emily Wick Trophy. 

Related Link: No. 17 Coed Sailing Falls Short at 65th Fowle Trophy; Women Take 17th at Emily Wick Trophy

Rank and File
The Crimson coeds currently sit 14th in the Sailing World's college rankings, presented by Gill Sailors of the Sea while the women's squad have received votes for the first time this spring in the April 9 poll. The coeds were initially ranked 19th in the national preseason poll. 

Harvard is one-of-nine NEISA schools to make the coed national list as Yale (2), Roger Williams (5), Boston College (7), Tufts (9), and Dartmouth (10) sit in the top 10, while MIT (13), and Connecticut College (16) round out the conference's coed ranked schools.

Week of
Feb. 26
March 12
March 26 
April 9 

Coeds
19
17
17 
14 

Women
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Related Link: Sailing World's College Rankings

Charles Chargin'
The Crimson has competed on the Charles River 15 times throughout the 2013-14 campaign and finished in the top-10 in every outing except two. Harvard's two victories came on the local water. 

Olympic Model Athlete
The International Sailing Federation Association named Harvard freshman Juan Carlos Perdomo as one-of-28 experienced sailors to serve as an Athlete Role Model for the 2nd Summer Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China August 16-28. The Miami, Fla., native looks to transfer his knowledge and experience to the next wave of youth champions and Olympic heroes as a key role in supporting, mentoring and offering advice to the 100 young sailors racing across four events on Jinniu Lake.

Related Link: Perdomo Named Youth Olympic Games Sailing Athlete Role Model

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. With O'Connor at the helm, Harvard 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
Sophomores Sydney Karnovsky and Andrew Mollerus have been elected captain for the 2014 campaign. Karnovsky will lead the women's squad while Mollerus takes on the leadership responsibilities of the coeds.