Sailing Readies for Four Regattas

Sailing Readies for Four Regattas

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard sailing team looks to fare well in four regattas this weekend. The Crimson will travel to Dartmouth for the Mrs. Hurst Bowl, MIT/Northeastern for the Oberg Trophy, Boston College for the Central Series 6 and Brown for the Hoyt Trophy.  

Boston College/MIT/Northeastern:
On Saturday, sailors will face winds from the west around 5 knots with waves of 1-foot or less. Weather on Sunday includes southwest winds of 5 to 10 knots with waves of 1-foot or less.

Weather in Hanover on Saturday includes southwest winds around 5 to 10 knots with waves of 1-foot or less, with identical weather on Sunday.

On Saturday, sailors will see winds from the southwest around 5 knots with waves around 2-feet. On Sunday, weather is identical with an increase in wind to 10 knots.

About the Mrs. Hurst Bowl
Dartmouth hosts the women's only Mrs. Hurst Bowl this weekend Oct. 21-22. Last year, Harvard sailed through tough conditions to a ninth-place finish with 286 points.

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

About the Oberg Trophy
Harvard will travel down the Charles River this weekend to MIT and Northeastern to compete in the 75th annual Professor Oberg Trophy. In a field of 17 teams, the Crimson secured a sixth-place finish last fall, earning 19 top-10 placements across three divisions. 

Projected Lineup (Skipper/Crew):
A-Division: Dylan Farrell/Lena Episalla
B-Division: Eliot Burnes/Emily Wang
C-Division: Henry Burnes/Divya Arya

About the Central Series 6
The Central Series is a chain of regattas hosted by colleges and universities in the New England Intercollegiate Sailing Association (NEISA). Harvard looks to take the Central Series 6 trophy from the host and defending champions, Boston College. The Crimson finished the regatta in sixth place last year with 58 points. 

Projected Lineup (Skipper/Crew):
A-Division: Andrew Puopolo/Iulianna Taritsa
B-Division: Jonas Nelle/Victoria Marquez

A-Division: Owen Schafer/Maria Tarazona
B-Division: Juan Cresanello/Renwick Wilson

About the Hoyt Trophy
The Crimson will travel to Brown to compete in the Sherman Hoyt Trophy this weekend. Last year, Harvard nearly split the 18-team field, finishing in 11th place. Nick Sertl, Christine Gosioco and Jessica Williams tallied a fourth-place finish in the A-Division, contributing 88 points to Harvard's overall 244 points.

Projected Lineup (Skipper/Crew):
A-Division: Nick Sertl/Christine Gosioco
B-Division: Nick Karnovsky/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?
Harvard will prepare for three regattas the weekend of Oct. 28-29: the Schell Trophy at MIT, the Nickerson Trophy at Tufts and hosting the Victorian Urn Trophy at Harvard.