CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Following a successful regular season of spring sailing, the Harvard women's sailing team will travel to Norfolk, Va. this week to take part in the ICSA National Women's Championship from May 22-25 at Old Dominion University.
On Tuesday, sailors will face winds from the southwest around 5 to 10 knots with waves on 1-foot and a chance of showers. Weather on Wednesday includes winds around 5 to 10 knots with a chance of thunderstorms. On Thursday, sailors will see winds from the northeast around 5 to 10 knots with waves of 1-foot. Weather on Friday includes winds from the southeast around 5 to 10 knots with waves of 1-foot.
Last Time Out
Harvard tallied a ninth-place finish at the NEISA Women's Championship the weekend of April 21-22, qualifying the Crimson for a spot in the championships. The Crimson then closed out its regular season competition on April 28, as Harvard captured an 11th-place finish at the NEISA Coed Championship/US Coast Guard Alumni Bowl.
Christine Gosioco and Nick Sertl were both named to the All-NEISA first team, as announced by the conference on April 30. Gosioco and Sertl sail together for the Crimson in the A-Division and were previously named to the NEISA Short List at the beginning of the season.
Additionally, Kevin Coakley was honored with the NEISA Student-Leadership Award. The award recognizes extraordinary leadership and achievement by an undergraduate whose efforts have made a significant contribution to the development, progress, and success of his or her team, conference or the ICSA.
About the ICSA National Women's Championship
The College Sailing/Sperry Women's Nationals is a four-day event. May 22-23 is the Women's National Semifinal Championship in which 36 schools compete to see which 18 will go to the finals. May 24-25 is the Championship in which the top 18 from the semifinals will compete for the College Sailing/Sperry Women's National Championship. The first round and the finals will be sailed in two divisions using a round-robin change-of-boat format with FJ dinghies.
Harvard History at the Championship
at San Diego, Calif.
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 will wrap up its 2017-18 season at the ICSA National Women's Championship this week.