Sailing Readies for Four Weekend Races

Lisa van der Sluijs sails on the Charles.
Photo courtesy of Gil Talbot

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard sailing will return to action over the weekend for five races across New England. The co-ed team will try to defend their 2018 victory in the Hoyt Trophy at Brown, as well as compete in the Hood Trophy at Tufts and the Harvard Invitational. The Crimson women will travel to Dartmouth for the Mrs. Hurst Bowl. 

Weather Forecast

Hoyt Trophy (Providence, R.I.): Crimson sailors defending their Hoyt Trophy title will face benign conditions with temperatures in the low 80s. Winds will blow at approximately eight knots and come from the north-northwest on Saturday and the south-southwest on Sunday. 

Hood Trophy, Harvard Invitational (Boston, Mass.): Similar conditions are expected in Boston as those in Providence. Sailors can expect temperatures in the low 80s with winds between seven to nine knots.

Mrs. Hurst Bowl (Hanover, N.H.): It will be a warm and calm weekend for sailors visiting Lake Mascoma in New Hampshire. Temperatures are expected to be in the mid-upper 80s with winds at approximately five knots. 

What to Know

  • Harvard captured the 2018 Hoyt Trophy and will look for a similar performance this weekend.
  • Junior skipper Eli Burnes and partner Lena Episalla finished first in the A-Division of the Hoyt Trophy a season ago.
  • The Crimson is hosting its third consecutive and final regatta of the fall campaign.

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 will return to action in the month's final weekend (Sept. 28-29), competing in the Women's Showcase at Connecticut College, the Danmark Trophy at Coast Guard, the Smith Trophy hosted by MIT and the Lark Invitational at Tufts.