Sailing Reveals 2014 Fall Schedule

Sailing Reveals 2014 Fall Schedule

Harvard opens the season September 13 against Yale, MIT and Tufts.(Athletic Communications)

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard sailing team will compete in 36 regattas throughout the fall, head coach Michael O'Connor has announced. The Crimson will open the 2014 slate on September 13, sailing in regattas against Yale (Harry Anderson Trophy), MIT (Toni Deutsch Trophy), and Tufts (Central Series One).

Continuing the busy start, Harvard is scheduled to compete in four regattas during the second weekend of the season, on September 20 and 21. The first event will be the Nevins Trophy, held in King's Point, New York, closely followed by the Hatch Brown Trophy at MIT. The second Central Series and Mrs. Hurst Bowl, hosted by Boston College and Dartmouth, will also occur during the second weekend.

The NEISA Men's Singlehanded Championship highlights the Crimson's third set of regattas, and will be hosted by Boston College starting September 27. The Hood Trophy, at Tufts, and the President's Trophy, at Boston University, are also on tap for the weekend.

Only two home events are found on the fall schedule, the first being the Harvard Invitational, which will take place on October 5. One of six regattas taking place during that weekend, the Crimson will also take the water at the NEISA Women's Singlehanded Championship and the Danmark Trophy, both of which are hosted by Coast Guard, while also competing at Salve Regina (Olympians Trophy), MIT (Smith Trophy) and Tufts (Central Series 4).

With strong performances at the NEISA Singlehanded Championships, Harvard's student-athletes could earn invites to the ICSA Singlehanded Championships in Bellingham, Washington, hosted by Western Washington University from November 7-9.

The team begins the second half of the fall with a pair of regattas on October 11 at Rhode Island and Larchmont Yacht Club, before continuing with five races on the weekend of October 18 taking place at Dartmouth, MIT, Boston College, Tufts and Navy.

Ending October, the Crimson will look to win the Hoyt Trophy at Brown, and the Oberg Trophy being jointly hosted by Northeastern and MIT. Also scheduled for the weekend is the Stu Nelson Trophy, a women's event at Connecticut College, and Central Series Six, at Boston College.

Harvard will sail for three trophies to kick off November, including the Schell Trophy at Vermont and the Nickerson Trophy at Tufts. Also on the team's slate is the Victorian Urn Trophy, a women's event taking place at Dartmouth.

Harvard will close the fall schedule by hosting the Mike Horn Trophy Team Race, and traveling to Salve Regina and Coast Guard for the Sister Ester Open and Hap Moore Trophy Team Race, respectively, on November 8 and 9.

The Atlantic Coast Championship, hosted by Coast Guard, will start on November 15, while MIT hosts the Women's Atlantic Coast Championship over the same weekend.

Harvard returns to the water in 2014 after winning two regattas in 2013 to go with nine top-three finishes during the fall season.