Coed Sailing Hosts Mike Horn Trophy Team Race

Coed Sailing Hosts Mike Horn Trophy Team Race

The Crimson also sends student-athletes to Coast Guard and Salve Regina-hosted regattas (Athletic Communications).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard will host its final home regatta of the fall season this weekend at the Mike Horn Trophy Team Race, November 8-9. The regatta is the third home event of the year for the Crimson, which hosted a pair of Harvard Invitationals earlier in the season. Harvard will also sail at the Hap Moore Trophy Team Race and the Sister Esther Open.

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Atlantic Coast Championship
With a sixth-place finish at the Schell Trophy, Harvard coed sailing qualified to compete at the Atlantic Coast Championship, which will held at Coast Guard November 15-16. The Crimson finished 14th at the event last year, and have qualified in each of the past seven seasons.

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 30 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 six regattas featuring at least one of each brotherly duo, Harvard has posted two top-five's and five top-10's.

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 seven competitions.

About the Mike Horn Trophy Team Race

Racing FJ's, Harvard will serve as the host for the Mike Horn Trophy Team Race, which was first held by the Crimson in 1998. Last year, the Crimson sailed to a sixth-place result.

Projected Lineup* (Skipper/Crew): Sophie Bermudez/Ashleigh Inglis | Taylor Ladd/Kirstin Anderson | Bennett Capozzi/Cara Kennedy-Cuomo

About the Hap Moore Trophy Team Race
Coast Guard hosts the team regatta, where the Crimson finished second a year ago. Harvard finished eighth in its previous regatta held by the Bears.

Projected Lineup* (Skipper/Crew):  Brian Drumm/Jacob Bradt | Michael Drumm/Kevin Coakley | Andrew Mollerus/Sydney Karnovsky | Will also use: Marek Zeleski, Emma Wheeler, Gram Slattery

About the Sister Esther Open
In the third-annual regatta, Salve Regina entertains the Crimson for the second-straight season. Harvard took fifth in the regatta a year ago.

Projected Lineup* (Skipper/Crew):  A-Division: Matthew Mollerus/Olivia Kjorlien | B-Division: Nick Sertl/Nomin-Erdene Jagdagdorj

*All boat pairings subject to change

Boston-area sailors will race in 5-10 knot winds with gusts up to 20 knots on Saturday, remaining consistent on Sunday while adding a chance of rain showers. In Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island, the Crimson will see 10-15 knot winds on Saturday with gusts up to 25 knots. The winds ease to 5-10 knots on Sunday, though gusts could reach 20 knots. Showers are possible during the final day of sailing.

For up-to-date forecasts, click here.

Behind the Crimson

Last Time Out
Coed sailing picked up its sixth and seventh top-ten finishes in its last nine regattas, qualifying for the Atlantic Coast Championships in the process. The Crimson student-athletes placed sixth at the Schell Trophy, eighth at the Nickerson Trophy, and 11th at the Victorian Coffee Urn Trophy.

Related Link: Coed Sailing Posts Pair of Top-Ten Results at Schell and Nickerson Trophies

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 concludes its fall season at the Atlantic Coast Championship, hosted by Coast Guard November 15-16.