Harvard Sailing To Compete in Four Weekend Regattas

Harvard Sailing To Compete in Four Weekend Regattas

The Crimson will sail in events hosted by Boston College, Dartmouth, MIT and U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (Meghan Moore).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – After a promising opening weekend on the water, Harvard sailing returns to action in four regattas Sept. 20-21. The coed team will look to capture its second consecutive Central Series victory, while also competing for the Hatch Brown Trophy and Nevins Trophy. The women's team, meanwhile, will race in the Mrs. Hurst Bowl at Dartmouth.

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About Central Series Two
Just one week after picking up its first victory of the season, the Crimson will look to capture its second-straight Central Series title. Boston College will serve as the host for the event, and is the first of four Eagles-hosted regattas Harvard will attend this fall.

Projected Lineup* (Skipper/Crew):  Nick Sertl/Normin-Erdene Jagdagdorj | Adam Brodheim/Cara Kennedy-Cuomo

About the Hatch Brown Trophy
18 teams will take to the water for the Hatch Brown Trophy, including 12 NEISA schools. Last season, Harvard sailed to a 10th-place overall finish. MIT hosts the event in 2014, which it jointly hosted with Boston University a year ago.

Projected Lineup* (Skipper/Crew):  Gram Slattery/Julia Lord | Michael Drumm/Rebecca Frankel/Bennett Capozzi | Matthew Mollerus/Olivia Kjorlien

About the Mrs. Hurst Bowl
Dartmouth will host the 19th annual Mrs. Hurst Bowl, which will see 18 teams sail for top honors. The event will feature 10 NEISA teams, as well as four from the MAISA. The Crimson finished eighth at last year's event in Hanover, New Hampshire.

Projected Lineup* (Skipper/Crew):  Taylor Ladd/Kristina Jakobson | Sophie Bermudez/Ashleigh Inglis/Olivia Herrington 

About the Nevins Trophy
The first race to begin on Saturday will be the Nevins Trophy, hosted by U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. The Crimson finished in second place at the event in 2013 behind Stanford, while beating out 18 other teams for runner-up honors. For the second-straight year, 20 teams will sail to win the regatta.

Projected Lineup* (Skipper/Crew):  Brian Drumm/Andrew Bradt | Andrew Mollerus/Sydney Karnovsky | Mark Zeleski/Kevin Coakley

*All boat pairings subject to change due to wind conditions

Sailors at the two Boston races will face 5-10 knot winds all weekend, with the potential for 20 knot wind gusts on Sunday. Student-athletes at the Long Island race will sail in 5-10 knot winds on Saturday, increasing to 10-15 knot winds on Sunday. Finally, racers in Hanover, New Hampshire will see 5-10 knot winds on Saturday and 10-15 knot winds on Sunday, with the potential for 20 knot gusts both days. Rain showers are not expected until Sunday night.

For up-to-date forecasts, click here.

Open Season
Harvard opened its 2014 campaign at four regattas, taking home the championship at Central Series One. Skipper Matthew Mollerus and crew Olivia Kjorlien finished with a regatta-best 32 points in the event. The Crimson also posted strong finishes at the Harvard Invitational (7th), Toni Deutsch Trophy (9th) and Harry Anderson Trophy (11th).

Related Link: Harvard Sails to Victory at Central Series One

Last Year
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.