Harvard returns to the water following a positive opening weekend (Athletic Communications).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – After a successful opening weekend on the water, the Harvard sailing team will compete in three regattas Sept. 19-20. The women's team will travel to Connecticut College to compete for the Stu Nelson Trophy while the co-ed team heads to MIT for the Hatch Brown Trophy and U.S. Merchant Marine Academy for the Nevins Trophy.
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Last Time Out
Harvard sailed in five regattas and picked up its first victory of the season at the Central Series One regatta at Tufts. While out on the water, the team also placed second at the 73rd Pine Trophy hosted by Coast Guard, third at the Harvard Invitational, fourth at the Harry Anderson Trophy hosted by Yale and 10th at the Toni Deutsch Trophy hosted by MIT. Freshmen skippers Nick DiGiovanni and Jackson Wagner set the pace for their crews last weekend tallying a regatta-best 91 points at Tufts.
About the Stu Nelson Trophy
This weekend the women aim to place first after a second-place finish last season at the regatta hosted by Connecticut College. Teams will compete in FJ boats at the 17-team interconference regatta with two divisions.
Projected Lineup* (Skipper/Crew): A-Division: Sophie Bermudez / Emma Wheeler | B-Division: Taylor Ladd / Ari Gross
Sailing in NC Fireflys and FJ vessels, Harvard will compete against 17 teams in three divisions out of MIT's Sailing Pavilion.
U.S. Merchant Marine Academy will host the Nevins Trophy where pairings will sail in 420's, FJ's and Lasers with 20 teams competing across three divisions in Kings Point, N.Y.
Projected Lineup* (Skipper/Crew): A-Division: Marek Zaleski / Julia Lord | B-Division: Jackson Wagner / Olivia Kjorlien | C-Division: Juan Carlos Perdomo / Kevin Coakley
*All boat pairings subject to change due to wind conditions
At Kings Point, pairings sail with winds from the South at 5-10 knots with seas at 1 foot or less while Sunday's winds will come from the Northwest at 5-10 knots becoming North at 10-15 knots in the afternoon and seas at 1 foot or less increasing to 1-2 feet in the afternoon. New London will see similar winds on Saturday but Northwest winds at 5-10 knots on Sunday with a chance of winds increasing to North winds at 10-15 knots and gusts at 20 knots in the afternoon. Locally, pairings will experience Southeast winds at 5-10 knots and waves around 2 feet while winds on Sunday will come form the West at 5-10 knots becoming North in the afternoon with waves around 2 feet again.
Harvard finished the 2014-15 season with 14 top-five finishes and wins at the Central Series One, Norm Reid Trophy Team Race, and Hap Moore Trophy Team Race. Harvard wrapped up the season at the New England Dinghy Championship and the ICSA National Dinghy Championship placing sixth and 15th, respectively.
Head coach Michael O'Connor will lead Harvard in his 19th season at Harvard. Since he took over the Crimson program in 1997, Harvard has won a pair of national team race championships (2002, 2003), as well as a national coed championship (2003) and a women's national title (2005).
Aye Aye Captain
Seniors Andrew Mollerus and Sydney Karnovsky were named captains for a second straight year. Both were named to the 2015 ICSA All-Academic Sailing Team and Karnovsky was named to the ICSA All-America team as crew.
The Crimson will compete in two regattas Sept. 26-27, one at Tuft's for the Hood Trophy and one at Boston University for the Regis Bowl.