Sailing Begins 2017 Season with Five Regattas

Sailing Begins 2017 Season with Five Regattas

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard sailing program opens its 2017 fall campaign with five regattas this Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 9-10. The women will compete for the Toni Deutsch Trophy hosted by MIT, while the coed team will race at the Lark Invitational hosted by Tufts, the Penobscot Bay Open hosted by Maine Maritime, the Harry Anderson Trophy hosted by Yale and the FJ Invitational.

On Saturday, sailors will face winds out of the North in Boston around five knots with waves of one foot or less and no chance of rain. Weather in Penobscot Bay will include winds from the Northwest around five knots with waves of one to two feet and a chance of showers. On Sunday, sailors in Boston and Penobscot Bay will face winds from the Northwest around five-10 knots with waves of one to two feet. Competitors in New Haven will see winds from the North around 10-15 knots, diminishing to five-10 in the afternoon, with waves of one foot or less.

About the Toni Deutsch Trophy
MIT hosts the Toni Deutsch Trophy this weekend, where Brown topped the 13-team field last fall. In the women's only regatta, Harvard sailed to a sixth-place finish, totaling 162 points. 

Projected Lineup (Skipper/Crew):
A-Division: Taylor Ladd and Kirstin Anderson
B-Division: Taylor Gavula and Tess Avery 

About the Lark Invitational
After winning last year's Lark Invitational, the Crimson looks to defend the crown at Tufts this year. Harvard bested eight other teams in last year's competition for a combined total of 139 points, 40 points clear of second-place Tufts.  

Projected Lineup (Skipper/Crew):
A-Division: Lucy Wilmot and Alejandra Resendiz
B-Division: Henry Burnes and Emily Malpass 

About the Penobscot Bay Open
Maine Maritime hosts the Penobscot Bay Open Sept. 9-10. The University of Rhode Island took home the trophy in a tight race last year and the Crimson did not compete. 

Projected Lineup (Skipper/Crew):
A-Division: Nick DiGiovanni and Catherine Tang
B-Division: Dylan Farrell and Lena Episalla

About the Harry Anderson Trophy
In its 45th annual event, the Crimson will race again in the Yale-hosted competition. Last year, Boston College earned the trophy and Harvard finished 12th out of 17 teams with 320 points.

Projected Lineup (Skipper/Crew):
A-Division: Nick Sertl and Christine Gosioco
B-Division: Nick Karnovsky and Jessica Williams

About the FJ Invitational
Harvard hosts the FJ Invitational Sept. 10 on the Charles River. In a tight competition last year, Tufts hoisted the trophy while Harvard sailed to an eighth-place finish out of 11 competitors.

Projected Lineup (Skipper/Crew):
A-Division: Eli Burnes and Emily Wang
B-Division: Owen Schafer and Victoria Marquez

Leading the Fleet
Mike O'Connor enters his 20th season as the Harvard sailing team's head coach. 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). 

Captains of the Ship
Senior Dylan Farrell and junior Taylor Gavula were elected captains for the 2017-18 season. Farrell sailed for Harvard at the New England Team Race last season, finishing eighth overall. Gavula competed at the Atlantic Coast Women's Championships, consistently placing within the top-five and finishing ninth overall.

What's Next?
The Crimson returns to the water with four regattas Sept. 16-17. Harvard's coed team will compete for the Hatch Brown Trophy (at MIT), the Stu Nelson Trophy (at Connecticut College), the Nevins Trophy (at USMMA) and the Central Series 2 (at Boston College).