The Crimson will take the water 27 times this spring (photo courtesy Ken Legler).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard sailing head coach Mike O'Connor unveiled the 2014 spring schedule Tuesday morning, which features 27 regattas, including four at home and seven team races over 12 weeks.
Harvard opens the 2014 slate with five-straight team races. The first will be held on the Charles River as the Crimson hosts the Sharpe Trophy March 1-2. Harvard stays in Cambridge a week later for its second home regatta of the spring, the Wood Trophy, before traveling to Connecticut for the 17th Southern New England Team Race March 15-16.
Racing picks up in week 4 as the Crimson splits up for three different competitions March 22-23, including the 54th Friis Trophy at Tufts and the Team Race Invitational at Boston College. Harvard's remaining sailors will compete at the Central Series Two co-hosted by Boston University and Northeastern.
The women will take the water for the first time on March 29-30 at the 28th Dellenbaugh Trophy at Brown. The Crimson also welcomes teams to Cambridge for the Central Series Three and splits its squad for two local regattas, the BU Trophy and the 33rd Marchiando Trophy Team Race at MIT.
April 5-6 marks the beginning of the championship portion of the schedule as Harvard races for the title of NEISA Team Race Champion at the 65th Fowle Trophy at Connecticut College. Teams that finish in the top eight qualify for the 55th ICSA APS Team Race National Championship that will be hosted at St. Mary's May 31 - June 2. Also in the first weekend of April, the women are set to visit Coast Guard for the Emily Wick Trophy while the coeds travel to Tufts for the 4th Mystic Lake Team Race Invitational.
The Ancient Eight will vie for the Ivy League Championship at Yale April 12-13 when the schools meet for the 74th Owen, Mosbacher and Knapp Trophies. Harvard's team will be divided for four additional regattas as the coed's race at the 27th Thompson Trophy (Coast Guard), the 70th Oberg Trophy (MIT/Northeastern) and the Savin Hill Invitational (Boston College). The women will take the water at Tufts' 35th Duplin Trophy.
One of the busiest weekends of sailing in the spring features the Crimson women and freshman each racing for NEISA crowns. On April 19-20, Harvard's Class of 2017 travels to Rhode Island for the 73rd Priddy Trophy while the women make the trip to Dartmouth for the 43rd Reed Trophy. If the women finish in the top-8 they will qualify for the 47th ICSA Sperry Top-Sider Women's National Championship that is set for May 27-30 at Navy.
That same weekend, Harvard closes out its home slate when it co-hosts the 84th Boston Dinghy Club Challenge Cup with MIT. Harvard will also send sailors to the 39th Admirals' Cup hosted by U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and to the 11th George Morris Trophy at BU.
The final weekend of April will see the Crimson at the 69th Coast Guard Alumni Bowl hosted by Yale, which serves as the NEISA Fleet Race Championship. The top eight teams will earn a berth to the 79th ICSA Gill Dinghy Fleet Race National Championship that will take place June 3-14.
During the fall, Harvard competed in 35 regattas and notched 21 top-10 finishes including two victories. Juan Carlos Perdomo became the first Harvard sailor to compete at the ICSA Singlehanded Championships in six years and the first freshman in program history to claim the Griswold Trophy with a second-place performance. The Crimson coeds earned a spot at the Atlantic Coast Tournament where they finished 14th while the women's fall slate ended with a 15th place showing at the 48th Victorian Coffee Urn Trophy.