Coed and Women’s Sailing to Compete in Six Weekend Regattas

Coed and Women’s Sailing to Compete in Six Weekend Regattas

The Crimson squads scatter around the Northeast to sail in competitions hosted by Boston College, Dartmouth, MIT, Navy, Tufts and Yale (Athletic Communications).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard will sail at six regattas over the weekend of Oct. 18-19, sending student-athletes to Maryland, Connecticut and New Hampshire to compete. The Crimson will be represented at a trio of regattas in the Boston area as well.

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Mix It Up
Harvard has 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. 

Above Average
Harvard has raced in many different dinghies throughout the fall season. Through 18 regattas, the Crimson has posted the best results sailing Larks and in regattas featuring multiple vessels.

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Multiple Types in Same Regatta



Beating the Drumm
Coed sailing has used brothers Brian and Michael Drumm as A-boat skippers in six regattas throughout the fall season. Harvard has finished with two top-fours and three top-10s in those competitions.

About the Navy Fall Invitational
The Navy-hosted race in Annapolis, Maryland will feature 20 schools and four divisions. Each division will race a different type of boat, with Z420, FJ, Laser and Radial vessels in play. Harvard finished fourth at the regatta in 2013.

Projected Lineup* (Skipper/Crew): A-division: Brian Drumm/Jacob Bradt | B-division: Andrew Mollerus/Sydney Karnovsky | C-division (single): Juan Carlos Perdomo | D-division (single): Marek Zeleski

About the Captain Hurst Bowl
Dartmouth hosts the Captain Hurst Bowl, where student-athletes will sail Z420s and FJs. 17 schools are scheduled to attend, including 10 from the NEISA. Last year, the Crimson finished 16th.

Projected Lineup* (Skipper/Crew):  A-division: Michael Drumm/Kevin Coakley | B-division: Nick Sertl/Emma Wheeler

About the Yale Women's Intersectional
18 teams will compete in Connecticut at the Yale Women's Intersectional, where the schools will race both Z420s and FJs. In 2013, Harvard finished 14th.

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

About the Firefly and FJ Invitational
MIT hosts the Saturday regatta where Harvard took eighth-place in 2013. NC Fireflies and FJ dinghies will be raced.

Projected Lineup* (Skipper/Crew):  A-division: Reid Bergsund/Kirstin Anderson | B-division: Dylan Farrell/Rebecca Frankel

About the Norm Reid Trophy Team Race
A Saturday-only regatta, Boston College hosts the Norm Reid Trophy Team Race. The Crimson finished sixth in the 2013 event.

Projected Lineup* (Skipper/Crew):  Gram Slattery/Julia Lord | Matthew Mollerus/Olivia Kjorlien | Bennett Capozzi/Nomin-Erdene Jagdagdorj 

About the Lane Trophy Team Race
Tufts hosts the regatta, which the Crimson took fifth-place in last season. The competition is a one-day event, and will be held on Sunday.

Projected Lineup* (Skipper/Crew):  Gram Slattery/Julia Lord | Matthew Mollerus/Olivia Kjorlien | Bennett Capozzi/Nomin-Erdene Jagdagdorj 

*All boat pairings subject to change due to wind conditions

Boston-area sailors will see winds of 5-10 knots on Saturday with waves around two feet. On Sunday, The wind picks up, increasing to 10-15 knots and gusts to 25 knots. In Maryland, sailors will see winds of 5-10 knots on Saturday and 10-15 knots on Sunday. Lower visibility is possible during the second day of racing. In New Hampshire, winds remain constant at 10-15 knots throughout the weekend. Connecticut sailors, meanwhile, will face 15-20 knot winds all weekend, with gusts up to 25 knots on Saturday. The conditions will start to lessen later in the afternoon on Sunday.

For up-to-date forecasts, click here.

Behind the Crimson


Last Time Out
Coed Sailing sailed at the Moody Trophy, where the Crimson finished 11th. Michael Drumm and Kevin Coakley manned the A-division boat to a 10th-place finish while Marek Zeleski and Emma Wheeler took control of the B-division boat, placing eighth.

Related Link: Coed Sailing Races to 11th at Moody 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
The Crimson continues its fall slate with three regattas Nov. 1-3. The two teams will sail at the Schnell Trophy (at Vermont), Victorian Urn Trophy (at Dartmouth), and Nickerson Trophy (at Tufts).