Sailing Vies for Two Trophies

Sailing Vies for Two Trophies

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – With half of the fall season completed, the Harvard sailing team splits up this weekend for its sixth week of competition. The coed team will race in the Captain Hurst Bowl hosted by Dartmouth, while the women's team heads to the Yale Women's Interconference Regatta.

On Saturday in New Haven, sailors will face winds from the southwest around five knots with waves of one foot or less, with identical weather on Sunday.

Weather in Hanover includes southwest winds of 10 to 15 knots with waves of two to four feet. On Sunday, sailors will see winds increase to 15 to 20 knots with gusts up to 25 knots, along with waves of four to seven feet and a chance of showers.

About the Captain Hurst Bowl
Dartmouth hosts the Captain Hurst Bowl Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 14-15. Despite a first-place finish in the A-Division by Nick Karnovsky and Divya Arya last fall, Harvard finished 15th overall with 263 points. The 2016 bout saw MIT top the 16-team field.

Projected Lineup (Skipper/Crew):
A-Division: Nick Sertl/Christine Gosioco
B-Division: Nick DiGiovanni/Zenni Wey
C-Division: Henry Burnes/Catherine Tang

About the Yale Women's Interconference Regatta
Yale hosts the women's only interconference regatta featuring 18 competitors racing in Z420s along Branford Harbor this weekend. Taylor Gavula and Emma Wheeler tallied six top-10 finishes and 116 points in the A-Division at last year's race, contributing to the Crimson's 17th-place finish.

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

National Recognition
The Harvard sailing team was voted in the top-20 in Sailing World Magazine's latest poll. The coed squad was ranked at 15th with 111 votes, while the women's team came in at 15th as well receiving 93 votes. Sailing World's College Rankings are determined by an open coaches poll.

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?
Harvard will compete next weekend, Oct. 21-22, at Dartmouth's Mrs. Hurst Bowl, MIT/Northeastern's Oberg Trophy and Boston College's Central Series 6.