Sailing Sets Eyes on New England Match Race Championship

Sailing Sets Eyes on New England Match Race Championship

The sailing team looks to win back-to-back New England Match Race Championships (Athletic Communications).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The sailing team splits up this weekend to take on the New England Match Race Championship, the Truxtun Umsted Trophy, the Yale Women's Regatta, the Captain Hurst Bowl and the Firefly/FJ Invitational.

The Crimson will split up to five locations over the east coast: Newport, Rhode Island; Annapolis, Maryland; New Haven, Connecticut; Hanover, New Hampshire; and Boston. In Newport, sailors will see winds from the northeast at 5-10 knots and seas between 2-3 feet. Competitors in Annapolis will see winds from the southeast at 5-10 knots and waves of a foot or less. In New Haven, winds will be 5-10 knots from the northeast and waves will be a foot or less. Contestants in Boston will see waves of a foot or less with winds gusting at 5-10 knots from the northeast.
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National Recognition
The Harvard sailing team was voted in the top-20 in Sailing World Magazine's latest poll. The women came in at the No. 15 position and the coed squad was ranked at No. 20. Sailing World's College Rankings, presented by Zim Sailing and Gill, are determined by an open coaches poll.
Last Time Out
At the Moody Trophy, the Crimson posted a 10th-place finish overall. Nick Sertl and Christine Gosioco tested their skills with the light winds on Saturday. The duo sailed in the A-Division, earning 40 points and two top-10 placements. Nick Digiovanni and Priscilla Russo saw action in the B-Division to finish 12th with 68 points. The Crimson won the Barnett Trophy with 217 points, 23 points ahead of second-place Boston University. Jackson Wagner and Lena Episalla sailed in the B-Division and posted the most top-five finishes of the regatta (17 of 36 races). Wagner and Episalla finished the regatta with the lowest score of 104 points and won the Barnett Trophy with support from Nick Karnovsky and Alejandra Resendiz in the A-Division.
About the New England Match Race Championship
Harvard will compete in Ynglings at the 2016 New England Racing Championship hosted by Salve Regina. 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 Nick Sertl.

Projected Lineup (Skipper/Crew):
Nick Sertl/Taylor Ladd, Dylan Farrell
About the Truxtun Umsted Trophy
The Truxtun Umsted Trophy is hosted by Navy along the Severn River with participants sailing in Z420s, FJs, Lasers and Laser Radials. The regatta is one of the largest the Crimson will see this fall with four divisions and 20 teams. Harvard battled against College of Charleston and Georgetown during the 2015 contest, however the Crimson finished in third place overall with 538 points.

Projected Lineup:
A-Division: Jackson Wagner/Catherine Tang
B-Division: Nick Digiovanni/Taylor Lord
C-Division: Andrew Puopolo
D-Division: Sofia Mascia
Heavy Air Specialist: Kevin Coakley

About the Yale Women's Regatta
Harvard will send four ladies to compete at the Yale Women's Interconference Regatta. The women will compete in Z420s and FJs along Branford Harbor. In the 2015 bout, Harvard was unable to control the shifty winds, finishing 17th overall with 444 points.

Projected Lineup (Skipper/Crew):
A-Division: Taylor Gavula/Emma Wheeler
B-Division: Jessica Williams/Kristin Anderson

About the Captain Hurst Bowl
The Captain Hurst Bowl will be hosted by Dartmouth on Mascoma Lake. Harvard will be sending six members of the squad to compete for the crown. The Crimson was not able to pass BC, Yale and Dartmouth in last year's contest, eventually finishing 14th with 496 points.  

Projected Lineup (Skipper/Crew):
A-Division: Nick Karnovsky/Divya Arya
B-Division: Lucy Wilmot/Nomin-Erdene Jagdadorj
C-Division: Catherine Kerner/ Juan Pedro Crestanello

About the Firefly/FJ Invitational
The Firefly/FJ Invitational will be hosted by MIT on the Charles River. In last year's contest, Harvard was unable to surpass Bowdoin who claimed the top-two positions. Harvard will send four members of its squad to compete at this year's regatta.

Projected Lineup (Skipper/Crew):
A-Division: Victoria Marquez/ Alejandra Resendiz
B-Division: Ben Zheng/Amalia Frohna

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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On the Horizon
Harvard sailing will continue its busy season with four regattas next weekend: The Hoyt Trophy at Brown, the Mrs. Hurst Bowl at Dartmouth, the Oberg Trophy at MIT and Central Series II at Boston College.