Sailing Sets Sights on Four Trophies

Photo by Gil Talbot
Photo by Gil Talbot

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—The Harvard sailing team returns to the water this weekend, Sept. 29-30, competing for four trophies. The coed team sails for the Danmark Trophy hosted by Coast Guard, the George Warren Smith Trophy hosted by MIT, and the Moody trophy hosted by Rhode Island. The women are set to compete at the Jen Harris Women's Showcase hosted by Navy.


After windy conditions last week, sailors can expect calmer waters entering the weekend. At the Jen Harris Women's Showcase and the Smith Trophy, winds will stay consistent at five knots throughout the weekend with waves less than one foot. Sailors competing at the Danmark Trophy will see winds between five to 10 knots across Saturday and Sunday. At the Moody Trophy, sailors can expect to see winds ranging between five and 10 knots with choppy waters and low visibility to open up Saturday's competition. Conditions will improve moving into Sunday, with winds slowing to five knots and waves peaking at two feet.

What to Know

  • At last year's Moody Trophy hosted by Rhode Island, the Crimson sailed to a third-place finish, shutting out fourth-place Roger Williams by a 35-point margin.
  • Returning to the Smith Trophy at MIT, the Crimson hope to beat last year's sixth-place mark.
  • The Crimson returns to the Danmark Trophy for the first time since 2016-17 season.
  • Sailors Eli Burnes and Lena Episalla earned NEISA Co-ed Sailors of the Week honors after their first-place A-division finish helped push the Crimson to victory at the Hoyt Trophy last weekend.

What's Next

The Crimson turns around next weekend for two regattas. The women will vie for the Stu Nelson Trophy at Conn College, while the co-ed team sets sail at the Co-ed Showcase hosted by Harvard.