No. 13 Coeds Set to Sail at NEISA District Championship
The Crimson coeds will race at its second national championship qualifier this weekend (photo courtesy Athletic Communications).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The No. 13 Harvard coed sailing team will take its first step towards qualifying for the ICSA Gill Dinghy Championship by sailing at the 69th Coast Guard Alumni Bowl, which serves as the New England Dinghy Championship, this weekend.
Fans can follow live stats from the race, here.
About the 69th Coast Guard Alumni Bowl/New England Dinghy Championship
The New England Dinghy Championship is the final regatta the Crimson will sail in the qualifying process for the national championships. This year, New England's is hosted by Yale on the Thames River. Similar to the Schell Trophy held in the fall, the top eight teams in the field of 18 will qualify for the ICSA Gill Dinghy Championship that will be held June 3-14 at St. Mary's. Boats are schedule to take the water at 9:30 a.m.
A year ago, Harvard finished 10th with 288 points.
Related Link: Sailing Takes 10th at Northeast Dinghy Championship, Completes Four Regattas
The New England championship will see north winds around 10 knots to open racing on Saturday before shifting to northwest breezes in the afternoon. Northwest gusts will continue on Sunday at 10 to 15 knots.
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Last Time on the Water
The Harvard sailing teams took to the water for four regattas last weekend as the women claimed 13th at the Reed Trophy. The then-No. 14 Crimson coeds finished third at the 10th George Morris Trophy, fifth at the 84th Boston Dinghy Cup and 12th at the Admiral's Cup.
Related Link: Sailing Races at Four Weekend Regattas
Rank and File
After seven weeks of sailing this spring, Harvard's coed team sits 13th in Sailing World's College Rankings, presented by Gill and Sailors for the Sea. The Crimson coeds were initially ranked 19th in the national preseason poll.
Related Link: Sailing World's College Rankings
The Crimson has competed on the Charles River 17 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.
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.