Sailing Prepares for Four Regattas

Sailing Prepares for Four Regattas

The Harvard sailing team is ready to take on its second weekend of competition (Athletic Communications).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard sailing team returns to the water for its second weekend of competition in the Hatch Brown Trophy, the Nevins Trophy, the Stu Nelson Trophy and the Central Series 2 Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 16-17.

On Saturday, sailors will see winds from the Northeast around five knots in the Boston Harbor, New Haven and Kings Point with waves of one foot or less. On Sunday, competitors will face the same conditions. All three locations do not show a chance of rain. 

About the Hatch Brown Trophy
MIT hosts the Hatch Brown Trophy Sept. 16-17. In last year's race, the Crimson earned a 10th-place finish out of 19 teams with Yale taking the trophy. The Crimson posted eight top-five finishes against the fleet.

Projected Lineup (Skipper/Crew):
A-Division: Nick Sertl/Christine Gosioco
B-Division: Nick Digiovanni/Catherine Tang
C-Division: Dylan Farrell/Lena Episalla 

About the Nevins Trophy
The Crimson will race again in the Nevins Trophy hosted by the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy where Yale hoisted the trophy last year. Harvard finished 12th in a 20-team field and recorded 11 top-five finishes last fall.

Projected Lineup (Skipper/Crew):
A-Division: Eli Burnes/Kevin Coakley
B-Division: Henry Burnes/Divya Arya
C-Division: Andrew Puoplo 

About the Stu Nelson Trophy
Connecticut College hosts the Stu Nelson Trophy this weekend. Brown topped the 18-team field last year. The women's team tallied six top-five finishes, placing eighth overall.

Projected Lineup (Skipper/Crew):
A-Division: Taylor Ladd/Kirstin Anderson
B-Division: Lucy Wilmot/Alejandra Resendiz

About the Central Series 2
The Central Series is a chain of regattas hosted by colleges and universities in the New England Intercollegiate Sailing Association (NEISA). The Crimson heads to Boston College to compete in the Central Series 2 regatta. Harvard finished sixth last year against 12 other teams. 

Projected Lineup (Skipper/Crew):
A-Division: Taylor Gavula/Tess Avery
B-Division:Catherine Kerner/Iulianna Tarista 

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 Harvard sailing team travels to Roger Williams University to race in the NEISA Singlehanded Championships, along with the Hood Trophy at Tufts Sept. 23-24. The women's team is also set to compete in the Amanda Trophy on Sunday, Sept. 24.