Sailing to Race in Three Regattas

Sailing to Race in Three Regattas

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.- With two weekends of racing remaining in the regular season, the Harvard sailing team will compete in three regattas this Saturday and Sunday, April 21-22. While hosting the Boston Dinghy Club Challenge Cup with MIT, the Crimson will also travel to Coast Guard for the NEISA Women's Championship/Reed Trophy and to King's Point for the Admirals' Cup.

Weather on Saturday includes winds from the northwest around 5 to 10 knots with gusts up to 25 knots and waves around 2-feet. On Sunday, sailors will face winds from the northwest again with knots around 5 feet and waves of 1-foot.

Kings Point/Coast Guard
On Saturday, sailors will face winds from the northwest around 5 to 10 knots with waves around 1-foot. Weather on Sunday is identical. 

About the Boston Dinghy Club Challenge Cup
Harvard and MIT will host the Boston Dinghy Club Challenge Cup on the Charles River this weekend. The Crimson finished fifth at last year's race, third among Ivy competitors.

About the NEISA Women's Championship/Reed Trophy
The Crimson will head to Connecticut for the NEISA Women's Championship/Reed Trophy this weekend at Coast Guard. The host Bears topped the 17-team field in last year's competition, while the Crimson earned an 11th-place finish with 267 points.

About the Admirals' Cup
King's Point will welcome an 18-team field for the Admirals' Cup this weekend. The Crimson did not compete in last year's regatta.

Last Time Out
Racing in four regattas across New England last weekend, the Crimson claimed its third first-place finish of the season, taking home the Thompson Trophy at Connecticut College. Harvard also earned a second-place mark at the Owen/Mosbacher/Knapp Trophies, while claiming fifth at both the President's Trophy and Oberg 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.

What's Next?
Harvard will close out its regular season next weekend, April 28-29, at the NE Dinghy Championship and the Women's Team Race National Invitational.