Sailing Looks to Qualify for Atlantic Coast Championships

Sailing Looks to Qualify for Atlantic Coast Championships

The coeds look to qualify for the ACCs for their sixth straight season while the women attempt to snap a two-year qualifying draught (photo courtesy Athletic Communications).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard sailing teams look to qualify for the Atlantic Coast Championships when the Crimson boats take the water this weekend. The No. 11 coeds will sail at the 73rd Erwin Schell Trophy while the women host the 48th Victorian Coffee Urn Trophy.

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Last Time on the Water
Harvard sailors raced in four regattas Oct. 26-27, as the then No. 6 coeds claimed 11th at the 75th Oberg Trophy, 12th at the Central Series 6 and 14th at the Sherman Hoyt Trophy. The women took 12th at the Stu Nelson Trophy.

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About the 48th Victorian Coffee Urn Trophy
Harvard will welcome New England's elite women's teams to the Charles River for the district qualifier for the women's Atlantic Coast Championships. Teams that finish top eight at the Urn will travel to Ithaca, N.Y., Nov. 8-10 to race against the top 18 schools from up and down the eastern seaboard for the Atlantic Coast women's title.

The Crimson will attempt to snap a two year draught of qualifying this weekend as the last Harvard team to earn a berth was in the 2010-11 squad which placed third in the qualifier. Last season the Crimson claimed 10th in the New England Championships.

About the 73rd Erwin Schell Trophy
New England's top coed teams will converge on the Charles River this weekend, racing in MIT's FJs and Fireflies. The event is one of the most crucial of the season, narrowing a field of 18 down to seven transfers to the Atlantic Coast Championships, to be held in two weeks' time in New London, Conn. The regatta, which rotates venues each year, also serves as the fall district championship for the New England Intercollegiate Sailing Association (NEISA).

The Crimson looks to qualify for its sixth straight season as it took the last qualifying spot a year ago (8th place) at the Brown hosted event. Harvard will also vie for its first NEISA champion title in six years as the Crimson coed squad was last crowned NEISA champion in 2008 when it edged host MIT by a single point.

Related Link: Coed Sailing Qualifies for Atlantic Coast Championship

Rank and File
The Crimson coeds opened the season ranked 16th in the rankings, presented by Sperry-Top Sider. Harvard moved up to No. 5 in the national poll after six top-five finishes Oct. 5, but has dropped to No. 11. The women are currently receiving votes in the poll and breached the rankings Oct. 5 at No. 15, but have since fallen from the rankings.

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Charles Chargin'
The Crimson has competed on the Charles River nine times this fall and has finished in the top-10 in every outing except one. Each of Harvard's two wins has come on the local water.

Hosts With the Most
In each of Harvard's own regattas this autumn, the Crimson has come out victorious. In the first weekend of sailing the coeds claimed the Harvard Invitational. Two weeks later the coeds did it again at the Charles River Invitational. The Urn marks the first home regatta for the women this season while the coeds close out the fall's regular season schedule at home with the Mike Horn Trophy Nov. 9-10.

Crossing Ducks
Due to the 2013 Boston Red Sox World Series championship parade Saturday morning, each of the championship regattas will be interrupted for a short period of time when the Duck Boats emerge into the Charles. The rally is set to start at 10 a.m. at Fenway Park and make its way down Boylston Street towards the Museum of Science where the boats will enter the river.

Qualifiers will begin with a western breeze of 5 knots moving to northwesterly winds of 10 to 15 knots with gusts up to 20 knots on Sunday.

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Coming Up
The Crimson prepares for the ninth weekend of fall competition, where Harvard will sail for the Happ Moore Trophy and host the Mike Horn Trophy while freshman Juan Perdomo races for the ICSA Singlehanded Championship.