Sailing Prepares for Last Trio of Fall Regattas

Photo by Gil Talbot
Photo by Gil Talbot

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—The Harvard sailing team prepares to take on its final trio of regattas for the fall season this weekend, Oct. 27-28. On the slate for the Crimson are the Victorian Urn Trophy hosted by Bowdoin, the 78th Annual Professor Erwin Schell Trophy hosted by Dartmouth, and the Nickerson Trophy hosted by Tufts. 


Sailors taking on the Victorian Urn Trophy will face high winds and tough waves on Saturday to open up competition, with winds between 20 to 25 knots, gusts up to 40 knots, and waves around 3 feet. Conditions will settle down moving into Sunday, with winds around five knots and waves at one foot to close out the regatta.

Competitors at Bowdoin can expect wet and windy conditions throughout the weekend, with winds starting between five and 15 knots on Saturday before picking up to around 10 to 20 knots.

What to Know

  • The Crimson returns to the Victorian Urn Trophy after posting a 10th place finish last season. In the B-Division, Taylor Gavula, Alejandra Resendiz, Tess Avery and Lucy Wilmost contributed 141 points to the Crimson's overall score.
  • Finishing fourth at last year's Nickerson Trophy, Harvard hopes to have similar success once again on the Mystic River. The last time the team competed for the trophy, it posted the best finish amongst all Ivy League schools on the water that weekend.
  • At the 77th annual Professor Erwin Schell Trophy, Harvard sailed to eighth of 18 teams. Nicholas Karnovsky, Eli Burnes, and Jessica Williams all saw action last year, recording six top-five finishes, three in the top three, for 160 points in the B-Division.

What's Next

In its last weekend of regattas for the fall, the Crimson readies to compete at the ICSA Singlehanded National Championships hosted by Hope College next weekend, Nov. 3-4.