Six Weekend Regattas Await Coed and Women’s Sailing

Six Weekend Regattas Await Coed and Women’s Sailing

The Crimson hosts its second home regatta of the year on Sunday with Harvard Invitational Two (Athletic Communications).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard sailing faces its busiest weekend yet, with six regattas in store for the two Crimson teams. The coed squad will compete at four regattas, including the Harvard Invitational, and the women's team will race at two. Four events kick off on Saturday, including the NEISA Women's Singlehanded Championship, with the Harvard Invite and Central Series Four occurring on Sunday.

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Mix It Up
Harvard has finished in the top two in both regattas that required sailing different types of boats. The Crimson was victorious at Central Series One, where Lark and 420 dinghys were raced, and sailed to a second-place result at the Nevins Trophy, which involved 420, FJ and Laser vessels.

Beating the Drumm
Coed sailing has used brothers Brian and Michael Drumm as A-boat skippers in four of the seven regattas to start the season. Harvard has finished with two top-fours and three top-10s in those contests.

About the Harvard Invitational
The Crimson is hosting its second regatta of the year after holding the first Harvard Invitational on September 14. Coed sailing finished seventh two weeks ago, but came in first and third at Harvard Invitational Two in 2013. The regatta will be raced solely on Sunday, with first sail set for 10:00 a.m.

Projected Lineup* (Skipper/Crew): A-Division: Adam Brodheim/Cara Kennedy-Cuomo | B-Division: Daniel Leichus/Kirsten Anderson

About NEISA Women's Singlehanded Championship
With a chance to qualify for the national singlehanded championship, the Crimson will send freshman Taylor Ladd to the Coast Guard-hosted event, with the top-four finishers earning the right to compete at the next level. Morgan Russom '14 was the last Harvard sailor to compete at the event in 2012, and ended the regatta in ninth place.

Projected Lineup*:  Taylor Ladd

About the Danmark Trophy
Coast Guard is set to host the coed regatta that will feature 20 teams racing in 420s and FJs. The Crimson finished 12th at the event last year.

Projected Lineup* (Skipper/Crew):  A-Division: Brian Drumm/Jake Bradt | B-Division: Marek Zeleski/Emma Wheeler

About the Olympians Trophy
Salve Regina will host the Olympians regatta, where the women's team will race in Yngling boats, which consist of three-man crews. This will be the Crimson's first appearance in the Olympians Trophy.

Projected Lineup* (Skipper/Crew):  Gram Slattery/Reid Bergsund/Ian Batts

About the Smith Trophy
MIT hosts the Smith Trophy, where Harvard's coed team claimed seventh in 2013. Racing on the Charles, Tufts won the event last season.

Projected Lineup* (Skipper/Crew):  A-Division: Nick Sertl/Nomin Jagdagdorj | B-Division: Dylan Farrell/Olivia Herrington 

About Central Series Four
Coed sailing has found success in the Central Series to start the fall season, earning the championship at Central Series One and finishing eighth in the second Central Series. Tufts, which hosted the first regatta in the series, will also host the fourth.

Projected Lineup* (Skipper/Crew):  A-Division: Juan Carlos Perdomo/Rebecca Frankel | B-Division: Bennett Capozzi/Olivia Kjorlien

*All boat pairings subject to change due to wind conditions

Boston-area sailors will see winds of 5-10 knots on Saturday with gusts up to 25 knots and waves at 2-3 feet. Showers and fog are likely. On Sunday, conditions mellow slightly, with winds of 5-10 knots and gusts to 20 knots. In Rhode Island, Saturday racers will face 5-10 knot winds with 25 knot gusts and high chances of rain showers. Winds pick up on Sunday, with 10-15 knot winds expected and gusts up to 25 knots.

For up-to-date forecasts, click here.

Last Time Out
Coed Sailing picked up a fourth-place finish at the Hood Trophy, led by B-boat tandem Andrew Mollerus and Sydney Karnovsky's win in the division. The women's team sailed to a sixth-place result at the President's Trophy, where the B-division duo of Sophie Bermudez and Ashleigh Inglis wound up fourth in their flight. Marek Zeleski and Juan Carlos Perdomo competed at the NEISA Singlehanded Championships and finished seventh and 10th, respectively.

Related Link: Mollerus, Karnovsky Lead Harvard Coed Sailing to Fourth-Place Finish at Hood Trophy

Leading the Way
Harvard sailing head coach Michael O'Connor is in 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.

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.

Up Next
Two regattas are in store for the Crimson, which will race at the Moody Trophy (Rhode Island) and Storm Trysail Regatta (Larchmont YC) October 11-12. First sail is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. in New York and 9:30 a.m. in Rhode Island.