The Crimson women will take the water for the first time this spring (photo courtesy Athletic Communications).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Coming off two top-five finishes, the Harvard sailing teams will send sailors to four events this weekend with the women's squad taking the water for the first time in 2014 at the 28th Dellenbaugh Trophy. The No. 17 Crimson coeds are set to race at the 33rd Lynne Marchiando Trophy, BU Trophy and the Central Series Three.
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About the 28th Dellenbaugh Trophy
The Dellenbaugh Trophy is a two-division, intersectional women's regatta hosted by Brown on Narragansett Bay. A field of 18 teams, including 11 in the top-15, will clash on the water in Providence, R.I., with each division racing in 420s. Sailing is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m.
In 2013, the Crimson raced to a sixth-place finish with 181 points with each Harvard vessel finishing ninth in its respective division. Morgan Russom and Isabel Ruane manned the A vessel, while Caitlin Watson and Kristina Jakobson steered the B boat to three top-five finishes.
About the 33rd Lynne Marchiando Trophy
The 33rd Lynne Marchiando Trophy, hosted by MIT on the Charles River, features a field of 16 teams that includes 10 ranked in the top-20. The intersectional team race will be sailed in FJs with competition slated to start at 11:30 a.m.
About the BU Trophy
The BU Trophy marks the first NEISA regatta of the spring which will be hosted by Boston University on the Charles River. The conference's 13 teams will compete on the water in Boston across two divisions in FJs. Racing is scheduled to begin at 11:30 a.m.
Last season, Harvard finished eighth at the conference event with 145 points. The A division collected five top-five finishes to take sixth with 63 points, while the B division posted three top-five finishes for 82 points and a 10th-place standing.
Related Link: Harvard Sailing Wins Ted Ferrarone Team Race
About the Central Series Three
The Central Series regattas are routing regattas around the Boston area schools that will feature top-ranked teams sailing in FJs throughout the spring. The March 29-30 edition of the series is the third central series regatta of the spring season and first hosted by Harvard. Racing on the Charles River is set to begin at 12 p.m.
Boston waters will see northwest breezes of 5 to 10 knots becoming northeast gusts of up to 20 knots in the afternoon on Saturday with a 20 percent chance of perception. The rain will remain on Sunday, but the winds will shift to the north and remain at speeds of 15 to 20 knots with potential blasts of 25 knots. The environment on Narragansett Bay mirrors the conditions in the Bay State.
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Harvard swill send its women's squad to the Emily Wick Trophy hosted by Coast Guard next weekend while the Crimson coeds vie for the NEISA Team Race Championship at the 65th Fowle Trophy hosted by Connecticut College. The coeds are also set to compete at the 4th Mystic Lake Team Race at Tufts.
Last Time on the Water
In its first multi-event weekend of the spring season, the Crimson coeds turned in two top-five performances in two team races. Harvard claimed fourth at Boston College's Team Race Invitational and took fifth at the 54th Jan T. Friis Trophy, which was co-hosted by the Crimson and MIT.
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 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 coed national list as Yale (1), Boston College (6), Roger Williams (8), Dartmouth (9), and Brown (10) sit in the top-10, while Tufts (11), MIT (12), and Connecticut College (16) round out the conference's ranked schools.
The Crimson has competed on the Charles River 12 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.
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.