Sailing Heads to Atlantic Coast Championships

Sailing Heads to Atlantic Coast Championships

The coed team will host the Atlantic Coast Championships with BU and MIT (Athletic Communications).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The coed and women's sailing teams will split up in their last weekend of competition for the fall season, as they prepare for the Atlantic Coast Championships (ACCs). The women will travel to Charleston, South Carolina and the coed team will sail at home on the Charles River Nov. 12-13.

Moving on Up
The Harvard sailing team was voted in the top-15 in Sailing World Magazine's latest poll. After a fifth place finish at the Victoria Coffee Urn Trophy, the  women's climbed up the rankings into the No. 10 position, and the coed squad clinched the  No. 13 spot after a fifth place finish at the Erwin Schell Trophy. Sailing World's College Rankings, presented by Zim Sailing and Gill, are determined by an open coaches poll.

About the Women's Atlantic Coast Championships
The women's team will travel to the College of Charleston to compete in the 2016 Women's ACCs. This marks the first time in six years that the women's team has qualified for the ACCs. In the 2010 ACCs, Harvard sailed in the middle of the pack for the two-day event. The Crimson finished 12th among the 18 competitors.

In this year's regatta, Harvard will send Taylor Ladd and Kristin Anderson to sail in the A-Division and Taylor Gavula and Emma Wheeler to compete in the B-Division.  

About the 43rd Atlantic Coast Dinghy Championships
The Coed ACCs will be jointly hosted by BU, Harvard and MIT on the Charles River. During the 2015 Coed ACCs, Harvard sailed head-to-head with Old Dominion and College of Charleston to vie for a top-5 finish. The Crimson finished seventh out of 18 competitors with 169 points.

Harvard will send Nick Sertl and Christine Gosioco to compete in the A-Division with support from Nick Karnovsky and Alejandra Resendiz in the B-Division. Nomin Erdene-Jagdagdorj and Kevin Coakley will serve as the heavy air specialists.

Last Time Out
Harvard competed at the Mike Horn Trophy, the Hap Moore Trophy and the Sister Esther Open during the weekend of Nov. 5-6. Harvard swept all nineteen of their competitors at the Sister Esther Open, finishing a full 59 points ahead of their closest challenger. The Crimson tallied a 3-6 overall mark at the Mike Horn Trophy team race and compiled a 9-9 score at the Hap Moore Trophy team race.

Sailors in Charleston will expect to see high winds on Saturday, between 20-25 knots and seas of 3-5 feet. On Sunday, the winds will calm down to 10-15 knots and seas of 2-3 feet. Temperatures are predicted to be in the mid-60s, with the water in the mid-70s. Sailors in Boston will see cooler temperatures, Boston will only see a high of 50 degrees on Saturday and 55 on Sunday. The Coed ACCs will see favorable conditions on the water, with winds at 5-10 knots and waves of a foot or less for the weekend.

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What's Next?
Harvard's coed and women's teams will take a break from competition and return to action in the spring semester.