Coed and Women’s Sailing Prepares for Three Regattas

Coed and Women’s Sailing Prepares for Three Regattas

The Crimson squads split up to compete at the Schell, Victorian Coffee Urn and Nickerson Trophies over the weekend (Athletic Communications).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard coed and women's sailing teams have three regattas scheduled for the upcoming weekend, and will send student-athletes to compete at Vermont, Dartmouth and Tufts.

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Fun in Fall
As the fall season has progressed, the Crimson has turned in consistent results near the top of the leaderboards. In October, Harvard placed in the top-five in six regattas and in the top-10 in 11 out of 15 team contests.

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 second-place results at the Nevins Trophy, which involved 420s, FJs and Lasers, and the Firefly/FJ Invitational, where FJ and NC Firefly dinghies were raced. Harvard also picked up a win at the Norm Reid Trophy Team Race, where FJs were used. 

By The Numbers
Harvard has raced in many different dinghies throughout the fall season. Through 28 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



Mid-Season Review

In a Related Story
Harvard has two sets of brothers that compete as skippers on the sailing team in Brian and Michael Drumm, and Andrew and Matthew Mollerus. In regattas featuring at least one of each brotherly duo, Harvard has posted two top-five's and four top-ten's in five total regattas.

Keeping It Fresh
The Crimson's freshman class has hit the water sailing to begin their collegiate careers. For the coed team, Kevin Coakley and Nick Sertl have both competed in the A-division in many of the top regattas, helping the Crimson to a bevy of top-ten results. On the women's side, Taylor Ladd has consistently skippered the A-boat, and has finished in the top-10 in four out of six competitions.

About the Schell Trophy
Vermont hosts the Schell Trophy, where FJ's were sailed in 2013. Harvard finished 12th at the regatta last year.

Projected Lineup* (Skipper/Crew): A-division: Brian Drumm/Jake Bradt | B-division: Andrew Mollerus/Sydney Karnovsky

About the Victorian Coffee Urn Trophy
18 schools, including 13 from the NEISA, will race FJs at the Victorian Urn Trophy. Hosted by Dartmouth, the Crimson finished 15th at the event a year ago.

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

About the Nickerson Trophy
Tufts hosts the Nickerson Trophy, where 16 NEISA and 18 total teams are invited to compete. Racing in Larks, the Crimson finished third in 2013.

Projected Lineup* (Skipper/Crew):  A-division: Nick Sertl/Nomin-Erdene Jagdagdorj | B-division: Dylan Farrell/Kirstin Anderson

*All boat pairings subject to change due to wind conditions

Harvard's sailors will see a variety of conditions around the Northeast. On Saturday in Boston, student-athletes will see 10-15 knot winds with gusts to 25 knots and a high probability of rain showers. Wind gusts could jump to 30 knots on Sunday, though most winds are expected around 15 knots. In Vermont and New Hampshire, racers will face large waves between 6-9 feet and winds of 15-25 knots on Saturday, and 20-30 knots on Sunday. Like in Boston, rain is likely.

For up-to-date forecasts, click here.

Behind the Crimson

Last Time Out
Coed Sailing took to the water at the Hoyt Trophy, Oberg Trophy and Central Series Six, coming out of the weekend with a pair of top-six finishes. Taylor Ladd and Kristina Jakobson led Harvard's A-boat in a fifth-place showing at Central Series Six, while Sophie Bermudez and Ashleigh Inglis placed in the top five of the B-division as well.

Related Link: Coed and Women's Sailing Combines for Two Top-Six Results

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, including a home event with the Mike Horn Trophy Team Race. Harvard will also send student-athletes to Coast Guard (Hap Moore Trophy Team Race) and Salve Regina (Sister Ester Open).