Sailing on the Road Again

Sailing on the Road Again

The sailing team heads out to three regattas this weekend (Athletic Communications).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard sailing team is on the road again this weekend. The team will sail at the Moody Trophy at Rhode Island, the Barnett Trophy at Bowdoin and the New England Match Racing Clinic at Salve Regina.

Sailors are on the lookout this weekend, as Hurricane Matthew heads up north. In Newport and Wakefield, sailors will see winds of 5-10 knots out of the Northeast on Saturday with a slight chance of showers, and waves of a foot or less. Hurricane Matthew will increase winds to 20-30 knots on Sunday, with rainfall close to an inch. On Orr's Island in Harpswell, Maine, sailors will see winds of 5-10 knots from the south and seas of 2-3 feet on Saturday. On Sunday, waves will increase to 4-6 feet along with winds up to 25 knots and rainfall near half an inch.
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Last Time Out
Sailing appeared in six regattas last weekend and saw a tough fleet of competitors. The Crimson saw action at the Mystic Lake Invitational (2nd), the Regis Bowl (3rd), the Smith Trophy (5th), the Harvard Invitational (8th), the Hewitt Trophy (8th) and the Danmark Trophy (16th).

About the Moody Trophy
The Moody Trophy will be hosted by Rhode Island in North Kingston, Rhode Island. In last year's contest, Harvard traded the first three races with URI and MIT, but the Crimson pulled ahead on the second day of competition to earn the trophy. Nick Sertl and Christine Gosioco are slated in the A-Division this year. Nick Digiovanni and Priscilla Russo are set in to sail in the B-Division.

Projected Lineup (Skipper/Crew)
A-Division: Sertl/Gosioco
B-Division: Digiovanni/Russo
About the Barnett Trophy
The Nicholas Barnett Trophy is hosted by Bowdoin College on Orr's Island in Harpswell, Maine. The trophy honors the late Nick Barnett who sailed for Bowdoin and serves as a qualifier for the Hoyt Trophy at the end of the October. Roger Williams earned the trophy in last year's contest with 77 points; Harvard did not compete in the 2015 Barnett Trophy. Harvard will send Nick Karnovsky and Alejandra Resendiz to race in the A-Division, while Jackson Wagner and Lena Episalla are slated in the B-Division.  

Projected Lineup (Skipper/Crew):
A-Division: Karnovsky/Resendiz
B-Division: Wagner/Episalla
About the New England Match Racing Clinic
Harvard will compete in the 2016 New England Racing Clinic hosted by Salve Regina. This regatta will determine the seeds for the New England Match Racing Championship next weekend (Oct. 15-16).  In last year's championship, Harvard went to a head-to-head tie breaker against Dartmouth in the final round, winning with a 2-0 sweep against the Big Green. The Crimson looks to defend the championship title with appearances from Taylor Ladd, Dylan Farrell and Kevin Coakley.  
Leading the Way
Head coach Michael O'Connor will lead Harvard in his 20th season at the helm. 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 for the 2016-17 season. Jagdagdori was named to the 2016 ICSA All-Academic Sailing Team.
Social Stream
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What's Next?
Harvard has a busy schedule for the weekend of Oct. 15-16: the New England Match Racing Championships (Salve Regina), the Truxt Umsted Trophy (Navy), Yale Women's Regatta (Yale), Captain Hurst Bowl (Dartmouth), Norm Reid Trophy Team Race (Boston College), Firefly/FJ Invitational (MIT) and the Lane Trophy Team Race (Boston College).