Sailing Readies for Two Races

Sailing Readies for Two Races

The Harvard sailing team is set to compete in the Moody Trophy and Barnett Trophy this weekend (Gil Talbot). 

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard sailing team is on the road again as it is set to compete in the Moody Trophy hosted by the University of Rhode Island and the Barnett Trophy hosted by Bowdoin this weekend, Oct. 7-8.

On Saturday in Boston and Narragansett Bay, sailors will see winds from the south at five to 10 knots with gusts up to 25 knots. Along with a chance of showers, waves will reach two to three feet. Weather in Boston is identical on Sunday, while sailors in Narragansett Bay will face southwest winds of 10 to 15 knots with gusts up to 30 knots and waves of two to four feet. 

About the Moody Trophy
The Crimson will race in the Moody Trophy hosted by URI Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 7-8. Last year's competition saw Boston University leave with the trophy, while Harvard finished 10th in a 17-team field.

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

About the Barnett Trophy
Harvard looks to repeat its first-place victory from last year at the Nicholas Barnett Trophy this weekend, hosted by Bowdoin. In a field of nine teams, the Crimson dominated the competition finishing with 217 points, 23 points ahead of second-place Boston University.

Projected Lineup (Skipper/Crew):
A-Division: Elliot Burnes/Kevin Coakley
B-Division: Henry Burnes/Catherine Tang

Leading the Fleet
Mike O'Connor is in the midst of 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?
Next weekend, the Harvard women's sailing team hits the road to compete in the Yale Women's Interconference Regatta Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 14-15. The coed team will race in the MIT Invitational and Captain Hurst Bowl hosted by Dartmouth.