Sailing Concludes Regular Season at Two Races

Sailing Concludes Regular Season at Two Races

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.- The Harvard sailing team will conclude its regular season this weekend, April 28-29, with two races. The women will compete in the Sperry Women's Western Semifinal at Old Dominion, while the coed team will take on the NEISA Coed Championship/US Coast Guard Alumni Bowl at Brown.

Old Dominion
Weather on Saturday includes winds from the northwest around 5 to 10 knots with gusts up to 20 knots and waves around 2-feet. On Sunday, sailors will face winds from the northwest again with winds around 10 to 15 knots and waves of 1-foot.

On Saturday, sailors will face winds from the southwest around 5 to 10 knots with waves around 2-feet. Weather on Sunday includes winds from the southwest around 5 to 10 knots with gusts up to 20 knots and a chance of showers.  

Last Time Out
The Harvard sailing team posted top-10 finishes in each of its four races across New England last weekend. The Crimson gained its highest placement at the Admirals Cup with a fourth-place finish, while also placing sixth at the George Morris Trophy, seventh at the Boston Dinghy Club Challenge Cup and ninth at the NEISA Women's Championship/Reed Trophy.

With their ninth-place finish at the NEISA Women's Championship last weekend, the women qualified for the Women's National Championship at Old Dominion, May 22-25.

All-NEISA Accolades
Seniors Kirstin Anderson and Taylor Ladd were tabbed to the 2018 Women's All-NEISA Teams. Anderson was recognized with second team All-NEISA crew honors, while Ladd received second team All-NEISA skipper accolades.

Anderson and Ladd have led the Crimson in a successful 2017-18 season, consistently placing in the top-five and helping the women's and coed teams to victory. Earlier this season, both Anderson and Ladd helped Harvard earn a first-place finish in the Southern NE 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?
The Crimson will await selection for postseason play beginning May 22.