Sailing Vies for Four Trophies

Sailing Vies for Four Trophies

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Harvard sailing will see action at four races this weekend: the Thompson Trophy at Connecticut College, the President's Trophy at BU, the Owen, Mosbacher and Knapp Trophies at Yale and the Oberg Trophy at Northeastern. All four regattas are set to run from Saturday, April 15 to Sunday, April 16.

About the Thompson Trophy
Hosted by Connecticut College, 17 teams will compete in FJ vessels across three divisions. The rotations will include Boston University, Bowdoin, Charleston, Connecticut, Coast Guard, George Washington, Georgetown, Hobart William & Smith, MIT, Northwestern, Old Dominion, Roger Williams, St. Mary's, Stanford, Tufts and Yale. Harvard placed third in the 2016 Thompson event. Nick Sertl and Christine Gosioco will sail in the A Division, Nick Karnovsky and Nomin-Erdene Jagdagdorj will sail in the B-Division and Dylan Farrell and Julia Lord will compete in the C Division. Kevin Coakley will serve as the heavy-air specialist for the Thompson Trophy.  
About the President's Trophy
The women's team will compete for the President's Trophy at Boston University. The interconference regatta will see competitors from 14 NEISA schools, two MAISA schools, and two invites. Harvard finished 10th in the President's last season and third of the Ivy League squads. Harvard will send Taylor Gavula and Emma Wheeler to compete in the A Division and Lucy Wilmot and Alejandra Resendiz to sail in the B Division.

About the Owen, Mosbacher and Knapp Trophies
Hosted by Yale, the two-division regatta will serve as the Ivy League Championship race and will feature competitors from across New England. The races will be sailed in Z420 vessels on Granite Bay. Harvard placed 10th in the 2016 Owen Trophy at Cornell. This year, the Crimson will send Nick DiGiovanni and Priscilla Russo to compete in the A Division, Taylor Ladd and Krsitin Anderson to sail in the B Division, with Sofia Mascia serving as the heavy air specialist.

About the Oberg Trophy
The Oberg Trophy will be hosted by Northeastern and feature three divisions of 13 competitors. The rotations will feature Brown, Dartmouth, MIT, Middlebury, Northeastern, Roger Williams, Salve Regina, Tufts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont and Williams. Harvard placed sixth in last year's competition and will send Catherine Kerner and Catherine Tang to compete for this year's trophy in the A Division, Andrew Puopolo, Tancredi Castellano and Pucci Di Barsento to sail in the B Division, with support from Victoria Marquez and Cara Kennedy-Cuomo in the C Division.
Last Time Out
The Harvard sailing team competed at the New England Team Race Championships at Tufts and the Emily Wick Trophy at Coast Guard. Harvard was challenged by the heavy winds, finishing eighth at the NE Team Race Championships and 15th at the Emily Wick Trophy.
NEISA Accolades
Kevin Coakley, Nick Karnovsky, Julia Lord and Jessica Williams were named NEISA Sailors of the Week for the span of March 11-17. The four sailors were awarded the weekly distinction for winning the B-Division of the Charleston Spring Coed Interconference.
Sailors in Boston will expect to see winds at 10-15 knots and seas of one to two feet. Temperatures are predicted to be in the mid-60s on Saturday increase to the mid-70s on Sunday, with the water in the low-40s. Sailors in Connecticut will see winds of 10-15 knots and winds from the south with temperatures nearing 60 degrees on Saturday and almost 80 degrees on Sunday. The waves are predicted to be between 1-2 feet Saturday, with winds calming to 5-10 knots on Sunday.
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In the Ranks
In Sailing World Magazine's latest poll, Harvard women's sailing clinched a 17th-place distinction and the coed squad received 16th-place accolades. Sailing World's College Rankings, presented by Zim Sailing and Gill, are determined by open coaches poll.
What's Next?
Harvard will close out its regular season next weekend at the Morris Trophy, Reed Trophy, and Boston Dinghy Club Challenge Cup.