Sailing Hits the Road for Three Races

Sailing Hits the Road for Three Races

The Harvard sailing team is set to compete in the NEISA Singlehanded Championships, Hood Trophy and Amanda Trophy this weekend (Athletic Communications). 

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard sailing program is back on the road again for three races. The coed team will sail in the NEISA Singlehanded Championships at Roger Williams University and the Hood Trophy at Tufts Saturday and Sunday Sept. 23-24. The women will also compete in the Amanda Trophy at RWU this weekend.

On Saturday, sailors will face winds in Boston and Providence from the north at 10 to 15 knots with gusts up to 20 knots and waves around two feet. On Sunday, competitors will see winds from the north, becoming east in the afternoon, around five knots with waves of one foot or less.

About the NEISA Singlehanded Championships
Harvard sailing will send four competitors to the NEISA Singlehanded Championships hosted by Roger Williams. At the 2016 Women's NEISA Singlehanded Championship, freshman Sofia Mascia earned four top-five finishes with 97 points, leading the Crimson to an eighth-place finish. At the 2016 Men's NEISA Singlehanded Championship, sophomore Andrew Puopolo secured three top-10 finishes, earning 13th with 180 points.

Projected Lineup (Skipper/Crew):
A-Division: Jessica Williams/Andrew Puopolo
B-Division: Jackson Wagner/Jonas Nelle

About the Hood Trophy
Tufts hosts the 35th annual Professor Stedman Hood Trophy this weekend. At last year's competition, Harvard earned 10 top-five placements and sailed to a sixth place finish in a 19-team field.

Projected Lineup (Skipper/Crew):
A-Division: Taylor Ladd/Kirstin Anderson
B-Division: Nick DiGiovanni/Catherine Tang

About the Amanda Trophy
In its second annual event, Roger Williams hosts the women's only competition Sept. 23-24. Yale topped the 15-team field and Harvard finished in 12th last fall, recording 11 top-10 finishes.  

Projected Lineup (Skipper/Crew):
A-Division: Taylor Gavula/Tess Avery
B-Division: Lucy Wilmot/Alejandra Resendiz

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 has four regattas next weekend Sept. 30-Oct. 1. Harvard's coed team will sail at home in the Harvard Invitational and in the Smith Trophy hosted by MIT. The women's team will compete in the Regis Bowl at Boston University and the Rogers Trophy at Cornell.