Sailing Opens 2018 Fall Campaign with Four Regattas

Photo courtesy: Gil Talbot
Photo courtesy: Gil Talbot

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—Harvard sets sail this weekend, opening its 2018 fall campaign with four regattas on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 8-9. The coed team travels to the Harry Anderson Trophy hosted by Yale, the Mt. Hope Invitational hosted by Roger Williams, and the Lark Invitational hosted by Tufts, while the women compete at the Toni Deutsch Trophy hosted by MIT.


Sailors competing in New Haven can expect northeasterly winds between 10 to 15 knots across the weekend, with seas around two to three feet. Weather in Rhode Island will include winds between five and 10 knots with waves around two feet on Saturday. On Sunday, sailors in Rhode Island can expect wind speeds to increase to between 10 and 15 knots, with gusts reaching up to 20 knots and waves between two to three feet. Competitors at the Tufts Invitational and the Toni Deutsch can except to see winds heading northeast between five and 10 knots, with waves peaking at around one foot.  

About the Harry Anderson Trophy

The Crimson returns to the Harry Anderson Trophy hosted by Yale after finishing fifth last year. Earning 222 points, Harvard placed just two points shy of fourth-place MIT at last year's regatta.

Skippers: Nick Karnovsky, Eli Burnes, Henry Burnes
Crews: Jessica Williams, Christina Gosioco, Catherine Tang, Tess Avery

About the Toni Deutsch Trophy

The women return to action in their first race of the year at the Toni Deutsch Trophy hosted by MIT. Last year, the regatta featured 16 competitors, including four Harvard sailors who finished with 160 overall points for a third-place finish.

Skippers: Taylor Gavula, Lucy Wilmot, Emma Kaneti
Crew: Emily Wang, Alejandra Resendiz, Emma Jakobson

About the Lark Invitational

Looking for their third consecutive first-place finish, the Crimson returns to the Lark Invitational hosted by Tufts to defend their title. Harvard finished with 41 points total, 40 points over second-place MIT. 

Projected Lineup:
A-Division: Jonas Nelle (skipper), Iulianna Taritsa (crew)
B-Division: Frankie Doyle (skipper), Lena Episalla (crew)

About the Mt. Hope Bay Invitational

Appearing for the first time at the Mt. Hope Bay Invitational, the Crimson travels to Rhode Island to compete at Roger Williams University.

At the Helm

Head Coach Mike O'Connor enters his 21st season with the Crimson. Since joining Harvard in 1997, Harvard has won two national team race championships (2002, 2003), as well as the 2003 national coed championship and a women's national title (2005).

Captains of the Ship

Senior Nick Karnovsky '20 and junior Jessica Williams will serve as captains for the 2018-19 sailing season. Last year, Karnovsky and Williams both earned two first place finishes at the Wood Trophy Team Race and the Thompson Trophy 

What's Next?

The Crimson is slated to compete in five regattas next weekend, Sept. 15-16. The coed team will compete for the New England Men's Singlehanded Championships (at Boston College), the Hatch Brown Trophy (at MIT), and the Barnett Trophy (at Bowdoin). The women's will race for the New England Women's Singlehanded Championship (at Boston College) and the Regis Bowl (at Harvard/BU).