The Crimson looks to continue its strong start at Rhode Island-hosted regatta (Athletic Communications).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard coed sailing will compete in the Moody Trophy October 11-12, where it finished second in 2013. The Crimson has posted top-three finishes in three of the last five years at the Rhode Island-hosted regatta.
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Mix It Up
Harvard had success racing in a variety of boats this season. The Crimson was victorious at Central Series One, where both Lark and 420 vessels were raced, and sailed to a second-place result at the Nevins Trophy, which involved 420s, FJs and Lasers. Last weekend, the Crimson placed fourth at the Smith Trophy, where NC Firefly and Tech dinghies were used.
Beating the Drumm
Coed sailing has used brothers Brian and Michael Drumm as A-boat skippers in five regattas throughout the fall season. Harvard has finished with two top-four's and four top-10's in those competitions.
About the Moody Trophy
Rhode Island hosts the Moody Trophy, where the Crimson finished second in a field of 17 in 2013. 18 teams, including 11 from the NEISA, are scheduled to race in this year's regatta, which will feature FJ dinghies.
Projected Lineup* (Skipper/Crew): A-Division: Michael Drumm / Kevin Coakley | B-Division: Marek Zeleski / Emma Wheeler
*Boat pairings subject to change
Sailors in Rhode Island will face 5-10 knot winds out of the Northeast all weekend with waves at one foot or less. Rain showers are possible on Saturday.
For up-to-date forecasts, click here.
Behind the Crimson
Last Time Out
Coed sailing recorded three top-four finishes last weekend at Central Series Four, Smith Trophy and Olympians' Regatta. Juan Carlos Perdomo and Rebecca Frankel finished first in the A-division at Central Series Four, while Nick Sertl and Nomin-Erdene Jagdagdorj came in second in the top tier of the Smith Trophy. Freshman Taylor Ladd competed at the NEISA Women's Singlehanded Championships, finishing 12th. The Crimson also posted eighth-place results at the Danmark Trophy and Harvard Invitational.
Related Link: Coed Sailing Records Three Top-Four Weekend Finishes
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.
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.
Harvard will race in five regattas October 18-19 at the Navy Fall Invitational (hosted by Navy), Captain Hurst Bowl (Dartmouth), Firefly and FJ Invitational (MIT), Norm Reid Trophy Team Race (Boston College), and Lane Trophy Team Race (Tufts).