Busy Weekend Ahead for Sailing

Busy Weekend Ahead for Sailing

Bermudez will take the water at the Yale Women's Intersectional this weekend (photo courtesy Athletic Communications).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Halfway through competition this fall, the Harvard sailing team will face the busiest weekend of the autumn schedule with six regattas. The No. 6 Crimson Coeds will compete at the Captain Hurst Bowl and the Navy Fall Invite while the women race at the Yale Women's Intersectional. Harvard will also sail at three one-day events: the Norm Reid Trophy, the Lane Trophy and MIT's Firefly and FJ Invite.

Fans can follow results from each of the regattas, here.

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Last Time on the Water
The then No. 5 Harvard sailing coed team raced to second place at the Moody Trophy, hosted by Rhode Island, Oct. 12-13.

The Crimson sailed to 132 points in 10 races in FJs on Point Judith Pond. Just 16 points ahead of Harvard, No. 3 Boston College claimed the 17-team field Moody Trophy with 116 points.

Related Link: Sailing Coeds Claim Second at Moody Trophy

About the Captain Hurst Bowl
The Captain Hurst Bowl is a two-division, intersectional regatta hosted by Dartmouth on Mascoma Lake. Eighteen teams will clash on the water in Hanover, N.H. with the A division beginning in 420s while the B group will take the water in FJs. After nine races, the divisions will switch vessels.  In 2012, the Crimson raced to a sixth-place finish paced by Gram Slattery and Alma Lafler in the A division boat that sailed to four single-digit finishes in six faces.

About the Yale Women's Intersectional
This season's Yale Women's Intersectional marks the first time that the annual event will be sailed in two fleets. Two divisions of seventeen teams will rotate between 420s and FJs after nine races at the McNay Family Sailing Center in New Haven, Conn. A year ago, the Crimson battled unpredictable winds to take 10th out of 22 teams.

Related Link:
Sailing Finishes in Top 10 at Two Weekend Regattas

About the Navy Fall Invitational
The Navy Fall Invitational, in Annapolis, Md., features a field of 20 teams. The four-division, intersectional event will be raced in FJs.  Harvard last competed at the Midshipmen's fall invite in 2009 where the Crimson claimed eighth. 

Related Link: Harvard Women Seventh at Yale; Coeds Eight at Navy

One Day Regattas
Half of Harvard's regattas this weekend are one day races. The Crimson will compete at the Norm Reid Trophy hosted by Boston College Saturday before racing at MIT's Firefly and FJ Invite and the Lane Trophy at Tufts on the second day of the weekend.

Rank and File
After five weeks of competition this fall, the Crimson coed sailing team has been ranked sixth in the third SailingWorld.com national poll presented by Sperry-Top Sider. Harvard is one-of-four Ivy League schools to make the list, trailing No. 1 Yale and No. 5 Dartmouth while Brown rounds out the Ancient Eight ranked squads at No. 8.

Related Link: Sailing World's College Rankings

Massachusetts waters will see southwest winds of 5 to 10 knots Saturday before shifting to western winds of 10 to 15 knots Sunday. Current forecasts for competition at the Yale Women's Intersectional on the Long Island Sound bode well, with a moderate sea-breeze from the southeast predicted for both days of racing. The Captain Hurst Bowl conditions are similar to the Bay State's while waters in Maryland will mirror the environment in Connecticut.

For up-to-date forecasts, click here.

Coming Up
The Crimson will continue its fall schedule next weekend when it sends sailors to four regattas.