Sailing Heads to Three Regattas This Weekend

Sailing Heads to Three Regattas This Weekend

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard sailing team will move away from team races this weekend, April 14-15, sailing in three fleet regattas around New England. The Crimson will stay local on the Charles for the Oberg Trophy at Northeastern/MIT, while traveling to Kings Point for the Owen/Mosbacher/Knapp Trophies and Connecticut College for the Thompson Trophy.

Weather on Saturday includes winds from the north around 5 to 10 knots with waves around 2-feet and a chance of showers. On Sunday, sailors will face winds from the northeast around 10 to 15 knots with gusts up to 20 knots. With waves of 2-to 3-feet, there is also a chance of rain.

Kings Point
On Saturday, sailors will face winds from the southwest around 10 knots with waves of 1-foot or less. Weather on Sunday includes winds from the east around 15 to 20 knots with waves around 3-feet and a chance of rain.

Connecticut College
Weather on Saturday includes winds from the southwest around 10 to 15 knots with waves of 2-to 3-feet. On Sunday, sailors will see winds from the east around 15 to 20 knots, increasing to 20 to 25 knots in the afternoon. With waves of 3-to 5-feet, there is also a chance of rain.

About the Oberg Trophy
The Crimson will head down the Charles River to Northeastern/MIT this weekend for the Oberg Trophy. At last year's race, Harvard placed ninth with 239 points in an 11-team field.

About the Owen/Mosbacher/Knapp Trophies
The Owen/Mosbacher/Knapp Trophies will feature all Ancient Eight institutions this weekend at Kings Point. Yale topped the 18-team field last year, while the Crimson earned a fifth-place finish above the remaining six Ivies.

About the Thompson Trophy
Connecticut College will welcome an 18-team field for the Thompson Trophy this weekend. Last year's race saw the Crimson earn a 16th-place finish, while Yale took home the crown.  

Last Time Out
The Crimson posted its highest placement of the weekend with a fifth-place finish at the New England Team Race Championship, April 7-8. The Crimson also captured a ninth-place finish at the Wick Trophy and a 10th place mark at the Mystic Lake Team Race.

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.

What's Next?
Harvard is back in action next weekend, April 21-22, hosting the Boston Dinghy Club Challenge Cup with MIT, while also traveling to Kings Point for the Admirals' Cup and Coast Guard for the Reed Trophy for NE Women's Championship.