CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard sailing team is back in action for two regattas this weekend, April 7-8, in southern Connecticut. The Crimson will take on the Emily Wick Trophy at Yale and the New England Team Race Championship at Connecticut College.
Weather on Saturday includes winds from the northwest around 5 to 10 knots with waves of 1-foot or less and a chance of rain or snow in the morning. On Sunday, sailors face winds from the northwest around 10 to 15 knots with waves of 1-foot or less.
About the Emily Wick Trophy
The Crimson are set to compete in a 20-team field at the Emily Wick Trophy this weekend. Yale took home the trophy at last year's race, while Harvard placed 15th with 356 points.
About the New England Team Race Championship
Connecticut College will host the New England Team Race Championship this weekend in New London. At last year's race the host, Camels topped the 12-team field, while the Crimson finished in 8th with a 5-13 record.
Last Time Out
In a trio of local races this weekend, the Harvard sailing team recorded three top-10 placements. The Crimson's highest finish came at the Marchiando Team Race where Harvard claimed fourth place. The women's team registered a ninth-place finish at the Dellenbaugh Women's Trophy, while the co-ed squad notched a seventh-place mark at the BU Trophy.
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.
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.
Harvard is back in action next weekend, April 14-15, for the Thompson Trophy, the Owen-Mosbacher-Knapp Trophies, the Presidents' Trophy and the Oberg Trophy.