Women’s Sailing Opens 2017 Campaign in Charleston

Women’s Sailing Opens 2017 Campaign in Charleston

The women's team finished ninth at the Atlantic Coast Championships in November 2016 (Athletic Communications).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The women's sailing team opens its spring campaign at the Women's Interconference Regatta Feb. 25-26 in Charleston, South Carolina.
Moving on Up
The Harvard sailing team was voted in the top-15 in Sailing World Magazine's latest poll. After a ninth-place finish at the Atlantic Coast Championships, the women's climbed up the rankings into the No. 6 position, and the coed squad clinched the No. 7 spot after a 13th-place finish at the Atlantic Coast Dinghy Championships. Sailing World's College Rankings, presented by Zim Sailing and Gill, are determined by an open coaches poll.
About the Women's Interconference Regatta
The women's team will travel to the College of Charleston to compete in the 2017 Women's Interconference Regatta. The event was previously known as the Charleston Women's Regatta, Harvard did not compete in the 2016 Charleston Women's Regatta.  In the 2015 Charleston Women's Regatta, Harvard went neck-and-neck with Yale and Vermont to finish within the top three. Harvard finished fourth with 157 points, nine points shy of Yale in third place.
In this year's regatta, Harvard will send Taylor Gauvla and Kristin Anderson to sail in the A-Division and Lucy Wilmot and Alejandra Resendiz to compete in the B-Division. Jessica Williams will serve as the heavy air specialist.
Last Time Out
Harvard competed in the Atlantic Coast Championships (ACCs), sending Taylor Ladd and Kristin Anderson to sail in the A-Division and Taylor Gavula and Emma Wheeler to compete in the B-Division. Gavula and Wheeler consistently finished within the top-10, tallying four first-place finishes over the course of the weekend, battling Boston College, Coast Guard and Rhode Island. Ladd and Anderson saw success in the middle pack of races, finishing five times within the top-10, including one first-place finish. The Crimson finished the weekend at ninth overall with 318 points, marking a program-best since 2009.

Sailors in Charleston will expect to see winds between 10-15 knots on Saturday with seas of 4-5 feet. On Sunday, the winds will stay at 10-15 knots and seas will calm down to 2-3 feet. Temperatures are predicted to be in the mid-70s, with the water in the high-60s.

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What's Next?
The coed and women's teams will split up to take on the Sharpe Trophy Team Race at Brown and the Women's Team Race on the Charles River March 4-5.