Sailing’s Opening Weekend Includes Five Regattas

Sailing’s Opening Weekend Includes Five Regattas

Harvard hosts the first of three invitationals during the opening weekend (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard sailing program begins its 2016 fall season with five regattas this Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 10-11, including the first of three home Invitationals on Sunday. The women's team will compete for the Toni Deutsch Trophy hosted by MIT, while the coed team will race for the Harry Anderson Trophy hosted by Yale, the Pine Trophy hosted by Coast Guard, the Lark Invitational hosted by Tufts and the FJ Invitational. 

On Saturday, sailors will see winds out of the East in Boston and New Haven at 5-10 knots with waves of a foot or less. Both locations do not show a chance of rain during the day. Weather in New London will include winds from the East at five knots, with the wind shift to the South in the afternoon and evening. On Sunday, the student-athletes in all locations will face showers and a threat for thunderstorms during the competitions, with winds from the West from 5-10 knots and gusts up to 20 knots. Waves are set at a foot or less.  

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About the Toni Deutsch Trophy
MIT hosts the Toni Deutsch Regatta this weekend, where Bowdoin topped the 15 team field and Harvard placed 10th during the 2015 season.

Projected Lineup (Skipper/Crew):
A Division: Taylor Gavula/Emma Wheeler
B-Division: Lucy Wilmot/Nomin Jagdagdorj

About the Harry Anderson Trophy
Yale hosts the Harry Anderson Regatta, where Coast Guard took home the trophy and the Crimson placed fourth out of 18 teams last year.

Projected Lineup (Skipper/Crew):
A-division: Nick Digiovanni/Julia Lord
B-Division: Jackson Wagner/Catherine Tang

About the Pine Trophy
In its 74th-annual event, the Crimson will compete at the Coast Guard-hosted regatta. Dartmouth earned the trophy last year in the eight-team regatta, while Harvard placed second.

Projected Lineup (Top-4 qualify for NE Match Race Championship):
Nick Sertl/Taylor Ladd, Dylan Farrell, Kevin Coakley

About the Lark Invitational
Tufts hosts the Lark Invitational Sept. 10-11. Harvard hoisted the trophy at last year's competition hosted by Northeastern.

Projected Lineups (Skipper/Crew):
A-Division: Nick Karnovsky/Christine Gosioco
B-Division: Jessica Williams/Divya Arya

About the FJ Invitational
Harvard hosts the FJ Invitational Sept. 11 on the Charles River. In last year's competition, only three points separated the top-3 teams, with Harvard finishing third.

Projected Lineup(Skipper/Crew):
A-Division: Catherine Kerner/Lena Episalla
B-Division: Victoria Marquez/Alejandra Resendiz 

*All boat pairings subject to change due to weather conditions 

Leading the Way
Head coach Michael O'Connor will lead Harvard in his 20th 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). 

Captaining the Ship
Junior Nick Sertl and senior Nomin-Erdene Jagdagdorj were named captains the 2016-17 season. Jagdagdori was named to the 2016 ICSA All-Academic Sailing Team.

Social Stream
Use the Social Stream on to stay connected with the Crimson on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram this year. The Social Stream brings the conversation from all three platforms into one convenient location, allowing fans of all Harvard Athletics teams to monitor the action in real time.

What's Next?
The Crimson has four regattas next weekend: the Nevins Trophy (U.S. Merchant Marine Academy), Stu Nelson Trophy (Connecticut), Hatch Brown Trophy (MIT) and Central Series One (Boston College).