Sailing Set for Trio of Regattas

Sailing Set for Trio of Regattas

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – In a trio of local races, the Harvard sailing team will take on the Schell Trophy hosted by MIT, the Nickerson Trophy hosted by Tufts and the Victorian Urn Trophy hosted by the Crimson on the Charles River this weekend, Oct. 28-29

On Saturday, sailors will face winds from with south around 5 knots with waves of one foot or less. Weather on Sunday includes southeast winds from 10 to 15 knots with gusts up to 20 knots. Sailors could also see waves hit 2 to 3 feet.

About the Schell Trophy
Harvard will race in the Erwin Schell Trophy hosted by MIT. Last year's competition saw the Crimson capture fifth place. Harvard earned 159 points, 10 points shy of fourth-place Boston College, while Yale took the trophy.

Projected Lineup (Skipper/Crew):
A-Division: Nick Sertl/Christine Gosioco
B-Division: Nicholas Karnovsky/Catherine Tang

About the Nickerson Trophy
Tufts hosts the Nickerson Trophy on the Charles River this Saturday and Sunday. Catherine Kerner and Tancredi Castellano-Pucci diBarsento sailed in the A-Division for Harvard last year, earning seven top-10 finishes. In the B-Division, Sofia Mascia and Victoria Marquez finished with four top-10 marks. The Crimson secured an eighth-place finish overall with 139 points.

Projected Lineup (Skipper/Crew):
A-Division: Henry Burnes/Emily Wang
B-Division: Owen Schafer/Emily Malpass (Sat.) and Jonas Nelle/Emma Jakobson (Sun.)

About the Victorian Urn Trophy
The Crimson will host the Victorian Coffee Urn Trophy this weekend in Cambridge. After a head-to-head tie breaker with the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, Harvard finished in fifth place with 164 points. In the women's only regatta, Taylor Ladd and Kirstin Anderson sailed in the A-Division, earning eight top-10 finishes, four of which were top-three finishes.

Projected Lineup (Skipper/Crew):
A-Division: Taylor Ladd/Kirstin Anderson
B-Division: Taylor Gavula/Tess Avery, 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 14th with 104 votes, while the women's team came in at 19th receiving 51 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 enters its last weekend of fall competition Saturday and Sunday Nov. 4-5 before the Atlantic Coast Championships. The Crimson will host the Horn Trophy Team Race and travel to the Sister Esther Open hosted by Salve Regina, the Hap Moore Trophy Team Race hosted by USCGA and the ICSA Singlehanded Nationals hosted by St. Petersburg YC.