Sailing Prepares for Three Races

Sailing Prepares for Three Races

Sailing takes on three regattas this weekend (Gil Talbot). 

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Heading into its last weekend of fall regular season action before the Atlantic Coast Championships, the Harvard sailing team will appear in three regattas. The Crimson will host the Horn Trophy Team Race, while traveling to the Sister Esther Open hosted by Salve Regina and the Hap Moore Trophy Team Race hosted by Coast Guard Academy.

On Saturday, sailors will face winds from the north around 5 knots with waves of 1 foot or less. Weather on Sunday includes winds from the southeast around 5 to 10 knots with gusts up to 20 knots in the morning. Waves could reach 2 to 3 feet with a chance of showers.

Salve Regina/USCGA:
Weather in Newport on Saturday includes winds from the northeast around 5 to 10 knots with gusts up to 20 knots and waves around 2 feet. On Sunday, sailors will see winds from the east around 10 to 15 knots, becoming 5 to 10 knots in the afternoon with gusts up to 20 feet. Waves could reach 2 to 3 feet with a chance of showers.

About the Horn Trophy Team Race
The Crimson will host the Mike Horn Trophy Team Race Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 4-5 on the Charles River. Last year's competition saw Harvard finish with a 3-6 record. Despite sweeping MIT in all three rounds, Harvard placed third in the four-team field.

Projected Lineup (Skipper/Crew):
A-Division: Andrew Puopolo/Zennie Wey
B-Division: Emma Jakobson/TCPDB
                Owen Schafer/Emily Malpass

About the Sister Esther Open
Harvard will race in the sixth annual Sister Esther Open this weekend. Last fall the Crimson swept the competition, finishing the weekend in first place with 59 points, 37 points ahead of second-place Tufts. Placing in the top-five for six of their eight races, Nick Karnovsky and Alejandra Resendiz tallied 37 points in the A-Division.  

Projected Lineup (Skipper/Crew):
A-Division: Dylan Farrell/Lena Episalla
B-Division: Jonas Nelle/Divya Arya

About the Hap Moore Trophy Team Race
The USCGA will host the Hap Moore Trophy Team Race this weekend in Connecticut. After a head-to-head tie breaker with Connecticut College last fall, the Crimson finished in third overall with a 9-9 record. The regatta consisted of one round-robin of all seven teams, followed by round-robins of the top half and bottom half.

Projected Lineup:
Nick Karnovsky, Nick DiGiovanni, Eli Burnes, Henry Burnes, Catherine Tang, Kevin Coakley, Jessica Williams and Emily Wang

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?
The Crimson competed in its last regatta of the fall season this weekend and returns next March for its spring season.