Sailing’s Fall Season to Begin with Four Regattas

Emma Kaneti sails at practice on the Charles River.
Photo courtesy of Gil Talbot

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard sailing opens its fall season with four regattas across New England this weekend, and a trio of the events are located in the greater Boston area. The co-ed team will compete for the Harry Anderson Trophy (Sept. 7-8) in New Haven, Conn., as well as at the Tufts Invitational (Sep. 7) and the Harvard Invitational (Sept. 8) in Boston. The women's squad, meanwhile, will vie for the Toni Duetsch Trophy hosted by MIT beginning Saturday.

Weather Forecast

Harry Anderson Trophy (New Haven, Conn.): A beautiful weekend is in store for sailors at the Harry Anderson Trophy this weekend. Highs are in the upper 70s both Saturday and Sunday, with a minimal chance of precipitation. Saturday, winds are expected to be from the north around 14 knots, but will switch to a west-northwest direction at approximately seven knots on Sunday.

Toni Duetsch Trophy, Tufts Invitational and Harvard Invitational (Boston, Mass.): Sailors in Boston will experience less pleasant weather conditions than those in New Haven. A windy and rainy morning is expected Saturday with a high of 66 degrees. Strong winds will blow from the north at approximately 20 knots. A dramatic shift will come on Sunday, however, with a sunny, mid-70s day and winds from the west-northwest at approximately 10 knots.

What to Know

  • The women's sailing team is coming off a runner-up finish at the ICSA Women's National Championship in May, marking the group's best national finish since 2005.
  • The Crimson returns two honorable mention ICSA All-America selections, junior Henry Burnes and sophomore Emma Kaneti.
  • Harvard captured the 2018 Tufts Invitational and will look to defend the title this weekend.
  • In the 2018 editions of the Harry Anderson Trophy and Toni Duetsch Trophy, the Crimson finished in second and fifth place, respectively.

At the Helm

Head Coach Michael O'Connor has led the Harvard sailing program since 1997. During his tenure, O'Connor has led the Crimson to a coed national championship in 2003, a women's national championship in 2005, and a pair of team race championships in 2003 and 2005, respectively. Harvard has also won nine New England championships during O'Connor's span as head coach.

What's Next

Harvard sailing will continue the fall campaign next weekend with five additional regattas. The women's team will hit the water in the Regis Bowl, a co-hosted event with Boston University. The co-ed team will square off for the Hatch Brown Trophy, the Barnett Trophy and the Tufts Invitational. Highlighting the weekend is the NEISA Men's and Women's Singlehanded Championships, hosted by Yale at the Niantic Bay Yacht Club.