Sailing Focuses on Moody Trophy this Weekend

Sailing Focuses on Moody Trophy this Weekend

Harvard journeys to Rhode Island to challenge 17 other teams for the Moody Trophy (Athletic Communications).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard sailing team travels to Wakefield, Rhode Island to compete for the Moody Trophy in its lone regatta this weekend. The Crimson has posted top-five results in three of the trophies last six Moody Trophies.

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Last Time Out
Sophomore Taylor Ladd clinched the last spot to compete in the ICSA Women's Singlehanded National Championship by finishing fifth at the NEISA Woman's Singlehanded Championship. Freshman Taylor Gavula also competed in the NEISA Championship placing ninth overall. The Crimson placed third at the Danmark Trophy, the Mystic Lake Invite and the Harvard Invitational while pairings at the Smith Trophy clinched fifth place.

About the Moody Trophy
Two divisions of pairings will travel to Rhode Island to compete against 17 teams from a variety of conferences. Pairings of Andrew Mollerus and Sydney Karnovsky in the A-division and Marek Zaleski and Julia Lord in the B-division will be sailing in in FJ vessels throughout the weekend. Last years' pairings were able to place 11th out of 18.

Projected Lineup* (Skipper/Crew):  A-Division: Andrew Mollerus / Sydney Karnovsky | B-Division: Marek Zaleski / Julia Lord

*All boat pairings subject to change due to wind conditions 

In Wakefield, Rhode Island on Saturday, pairings will be expected to compete against North winds at 10 to 15 knots with gusts up to 25 knots. Waves will be around 2 feet and a slight chance of showers are in the forecast. Sunday's weather is a bit calmer with West winds around 5 to 10 knots and waves at a foot or less.

For up-to-date forecasts, click here.  

Fourth Harvard Men's Singlehanded Champion
Junior Juan Carlos Perdomo breezed past 27 other sailors en route to capturing the NEISA Men's Singlehanded Championship. The junior took over the lead early in the event winning race four before going on to finish in the top-five in eight of the remaining 10 races.

Perdomo is the fourth member of the Crimson to win the NEISA Men's Singlehanded Championship and first since Kyle Kovacs '08 in 2008. Perdomo also competed in the championship as a freshman, placing second.

Leading the Way
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.  

Up Next
The Crimson will take on its busiest weekend, Oct. 17-18, while vying for six trophies. At Salve Regina, vessels will compete in the New England Match Race Championship in the two-day event. Yale hosts the Women's Interconference Regatta while Navy hosts the Truxton Umsted and Dartmouth hosts the Captain Hurst Bowl from Oct. 17-18. On Oct. 17, Harvard will travel down the river to compete in the Norm Reid Team Race at Boston College and the FJ/FF Invite at MIT. Pairings will take part in the Lane Trophy Team Race at Tufts on Oct. 18.