Sailing Vies for Three Trophies

Sailing Vies for Three Trophies

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard sailing team will vie for three trophies this weekend, March 31-April 1, in a trio of local races. The Crimson is set to compete in the Marchiando Trophy Team Race, the Dellenbaugh Women's Trophy and the BU Trophy.

Weather on Saturday includes winds from the northwest around 5 to 10 knots, becoming southwest at 10 to 15 knots in the afternoon. Competitors will also see waves around 2-to 3-feet. On Sunday, sailors will face winds from the west around 10 to 15 feet with gusts up to 25 feet. Waves could be as high as 2-to 4-feet as well.

On Saturday, sailors will face winds from the northwest around 5 to 10 knots with gusts up to 20 knots and waves around 2-feet. Weather on Sunday includes wins from the west around 15 knots with gusts up to 25 knows and waves around 2 feet.

About the Marchiando Trophy Team Race
Brown will host the Marchiando Trophy Team Race this weekend in Providence. Dartmouth topped the 16-team field last year, while the Crimson finished in 10th with a 9-5 record.

About the Dellenbaugh Women's Trophy
The women's team will compete in the Dellenbaugh Women's Trophy this weekend at MIT. In last year's race, Harvard earned a 12th-place finish in the 20-team field and tallied eight top-10 finishes.

About the BU Trophy
Boston University will host the BU Trophy this Saturday and Sunday, The Crimson earned an eighth-place finish out of the 13 teams with Tufts hoisting the trophy last spring. Harvard posted four top-five finishes, two of which were first-place marks.

Last Time Out
In its third weekend of spring competition, the Crimson captured three top-10 finishes, earning its highest placement at the BC Team Race with a second-place finish. Harvard also earned third and seventh-place finishes at the BU Team Race and Aaron Szambecki Team Race, respectively.

NEISA Short List Honorees
Junior Christine Gosioco and senior Nick Sertl have been named to the New England Intercollegiate Sailing Association's (NEISA) short lists prior to the start of the spring season. Gosioco has been added to the Babinau Crew of the Year list, while Sertl finds himself on the Coed Sailor of the Year list. Gosioco and Sertl sail together for the Crimson in the A-Division and had a successful fall season. The duo tallied five top-ten finishes in their regattas this fall, including a pair of first and second place finishes.

Lightening World Championships
Senior sailors Nick Sertl and Dylan Farrell competed internationally this fall, placing second in the Lightning World Championship after a five-day event. The regatta, which took place Nov. 22-25, featured 56 boats of competitors from around the world. The duo scored consistently in the top group and finished the event with a mere 40 points. After nine rounds, the pair completed the event with five top-five placements, including one first-place mark.

National Recognition
The Harvard sailing team was voted in the top-20 in Sailing World Magazine's latest poll on Nov. 16. The coed squad cracked the top-20 coming at 18 in the rankings with 47 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
Junior Nick Karnovsky and sophomore Jessica Williams were elected captains for the 2018 season. Karnovsky captured five top-10 placements in Harvard's regattas last fall. During his sophomore season, the Brookline, Mass. native split time in the B-Division of the New England Coed Championships, finishing with 175 points overall. Williams registered seven top-10 finished for the Crimson last fall. The Norfolk, Va. native recorded her highest placement at the Moody Trophy, finishing in second place.

What's Next?
The Crimson is back in action next weekend, April 7-8, for the Emily Wick Trophy at Coast Guard, the Mystic Lake Team Race at Tufts and the NE Team Race Championship at Connecticut College.