Four Regattas Scheduled for Sailing’s Opening Weekend

Four Regattas Scheduled for Sailing’s Opening Weekend

The Crimson host the Harvard Invitational during sailing's opening weekend on Sunday (Megan Moore).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard Sailing is ready to begin a new season. The Crimson will host the first of two Harvard Invitationals on Sunday, September 13, while also sending student-athletes to three other regattas. The coed team will also race for the Harry Anderson Trophy (at Yale), and at Central Series One (at Tufts), while the women's team will compete for the Toni Deutsch Trophy (at MIT). Each race away from home will start at 9:30am on Saturday, September 12, while the Harvard invitational will begin at 10:00am on Sunday.

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About the Harvard Invitational
After winning the Harvard Invitational in 2013, the Crimson looks to defend the crown in the first of two Harvard Invitationals during the 2014 fall season. The event will feature 15 schools from around the Northeast, including NEISA rivals Boston University, Brown, MIT and Tufts, which placed fifth at the national championships last season.

Projected Lineup* (Skipper/Crew):  A-Division: Adam Broodheim/Cara Kennedy | B-Division: Dylan Farrell/Olivia Herrington

About the Harry Anderson Trophy
In its 42nd annual event, the Crimson will compete again at the Yale-hosted event where it finished second in 2013. The field will feature 12 NEISA teams and four MAISA teams. Host Yale won the event last year.

Projected Lineup* (Skipper/Crew):  A-Division: Brian Drumm/Julia Lord | B-Division: Michael Drumm/Kevin Coakley

About Central Series One
Tufts hosts the first Central Series of 2014, which will be attended by many of the top teams from around the New England.

Projected Lineup* (Skipper/Crew):  A-Division: Matt Mollerus/Olivia Kjorlien | B-Division: Nick Sertl/Emma Wheeler 

About the Toni Deutsch Trophy
MIT hosts the Toni Deutsch Regatta this weekend, where Boston College earned the highest honors in 2013, as Harvard sailed to a seventh-place finish last fall. The race honors MIT's first female varsity letterwinner, and a pioneer in turning sailing into a coed sport.

Projected Lineup* (Skipper/Crew):  A-Division: Taylor Ladd/Kristina Jakobson | B-Division: Sophie Bermudez/Ashleigh Inglis

*All boat pairings subject to change due to wind conditions

On Saturday, sailors will see winds out of the Northeast in Boston at 5-10 knots, while those racing in New Haven will face Eastern winds at 10-15 knots. Both locations show a chance of rain showers in the afternoon.  On Sunday, the student-athletes will face Northern winds at 5-10 knots, and could see thunderstorms develop late in the day.

For up-to-date forecasts, click here.

Last Season
The Crimson returns to the water after a successful 2013-14 season that included 23 top-five finishes and wins at the Harvard Invitational and Charles River Invitational. Harvard concluded the year at the ICSA National Championships, where it placed 18th overall.

Leading the Way
Harvard sailing head coach Michael O'Connor enters his 18th season at the helm of the Crimson fleet. Since he took over the Crimson program in 1997, Harvard has won national team race championships in 2002 and 2003, as well as the 2003 national coed championship and the women's national title in 2005.

Aye Aye, Captain
Juniors Andrew Mollerus and Sydney Karnovsky were named team captains for the 2014 schedule. Mollerus will lead the coed team, while Karnovsky takes charge of the women's squad.

Up Next
The Crimson will follow up this weekend's action with four regattas Sept. 20-21. Harvard's coeds will compete for the Nevins Trophy (at U.S. Merchant Marine Academy), Hatch Brown Trophy (at MIT), and at Central Series Two (at Boston College). The women's team, meanwhile, travels to Dartmouth to sail in the Mrs. Hurst Bowl.