Three Regattas Over Weekend Slated for Harvard Sailing

Three Regattas Over Weekend Slated for Harvard Sailing

The Crimson will sail in events hosted by Boston College, Boston University, and Tufts (Athletic Communications).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Entering the third week of competition in the fall season, Harvard coed sailing looks to continue its strong start with the Hood Trophy, while the women's team will race at the Presidents' Trophy.  The NEISA Men's Singlehanded Championship will also occur over the weekend, and will feature two Harvard student-athletes. Each regatta is scheduled for September 27-28, with the first races at 9:30 a.m.

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About NEISA Men's Singlehanded Championship
With a chance to qualify for the national singlehanded championship, the Crimson will send X student-athletes to the Boston College-hosted event, with the top four finishers earning the right to compete at the next level. Last season, Juan Carlos Perdomo secured a trip to nationals with a third-place overall finish, while Marek Zeleski took fifth place in the regatta.

Projected Lineup*:  Juan Carlos Perdomo, Marek Zeleski

About the Hood Trophy
20 teams will take to the water for the Hood Trophy, including 14 NEISA schools. In 2013, the Crimson finished second in the event, with both A and B-boats finishing second in their respective flights. Tufts serves as the host for the coed regatta.

Projected Lineup* (Skipper/Crew):  A-Division: Michael Drumm/Kevin Coakley/Emma Wheeler | B-Division: Andrew Mollerus/Sydney Karnovsky

About the President's Trophy
Boston University hosts the women's President's Trophy, which will be attended by many NEISA schools. The Crimson finished sixth at the event last season.

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

*All lineups subject to change

Forecast
With each regatta in the Boston area this weekend, sailors will face Northern winds at five knots, shifting to Eastern winds in the afternoon on Saturday. The second day of competition will see winds out of the Southwest at around five knots. Waves are not expected to be higher than one foot during both days' events.

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).

Harvard backed up the strong first weekend with a second place finish at the Nevins Trophy, and three other top ten finishes at Central Series 2 (8th), Hatch Brown Trophy (10th) and Mrs. Hurst Bowl (10th).

Related Links:  Harvard Sails to Victory at Central Series OneHarvard Coed Sailing Races to Second-Place Finish at Nevins Trophy

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 six regattas October 4-5, including the second Harvard Invitational of the fall. Harvard will also compete in the Danmark Trophy, Olympians Trophy, Smith Trophy and Central Series Four, while sending its top women's singlehanded sailors to Coast Guard for the NEISA Women's Singlehanded Championship.