The Crimson will compete in its first multi-race weekend of the spring (photo courtesy Ken Legler).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – For the first time in the spring season the No. 17 Harvard coed sailing team will compete at multiple events as the Crimson takes the water at three local races. Harvard is set to co-host the 54th Friis Trophy Team Race with Tufts and compete at Boston College's Team Race Invitational and the Central Series 2 hosted by Boston University and Northeastern.
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About the 54th Friis Trophy Team Race
The 54th Friis Trophy Team Race marks the first home event for the Crimson this spring, as Harvard co-hosts the events with the Jumbos. Over the weekend a field of six teams will sail on the Charles River in FJs with racing scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. each day.
Last season the Crimson posted a 6-8 performance to finish sixth at the event in a field of 15 programs.
About the Team Race Invitational
The Team Race Invitational, hosted by Boston College on Boston Harbor, features a field of teams from the NEISA and the MAISA. The two-conference event will have six squads clash in 420s. Boats are scheduled to take the water at 9:30 a.m.
About the Central Series 2
The Central Series regattas are routing regattas around the Boston area schools that will feature top-ranked teams sailing in FJs throughout the spring. The March 22-23 edition of the series is the second central series regatta of the spring season and first co-hosted by Boston University and Northeastern. Racing on the Charles River is set to begin at 10 a.m.
Weather conditions in the Boston area on Saturday will see southwest breezes of 5 to10 knots turning into southwest gusts of 10 to 15 knots in the afternoon. Winds will shift to the west on Sunday with squalls at 5 to 10 knots.
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The Crimson coeds continue their spring season with three regattas March 29-30 as Harvard hosts the Central Series Three and sails at MIT's 33rd Marchiando Trophy Team Race and the BU Trophy hosted by the Terriers. Next weekend Harvard's women's squad will take the water for the first time in 2014 at the 28th Dellebaugh Trophy at Brown.
Last Time on the Water
Harvard turned in a 6-8 performance at Connecticut College's Southern New England Team Race on the Thames River March 15-16 to take sixth-place overall.
In the 17th edition of the annual event, 10 teams raced in FJs. Harvard notched a 5-4 record after a full day of racing Saturday and went 1-4 on the second day of competition to finish 6-8 for sixth-place.
The Crimson's vessels were steered by 10 different sailors. Juniors Brian Drumm and Michael Drumm, sophomores Andrew Mollerus and Gram Slattery and freshman Matthew Mollerus served as skippers of Harvard's boats. Seniors Luke O'Connor and Isabel Ruane, sophomores Jacob Bradt and Sydney Karnovksy and freshman Julia Lord competed as the Crimson's crew.
Rank and File
After opening its spring slate with a seventh-place performance at the St. Mary's Team Race, Harvard's coed sailing team has moved up to No. 17 in the Sailing World's college rankings, presented by Gill and Sailors of the Sea. The Crimson was initially ranked 19th in the national preseason poll.
Harvard is one-of-nine NEISA schools to make the national list as Yale (1), Boston College (5), Dartmouth (6), Roger Williams (9) and Brown (10) sit in the top-10, while MIT (12), Tufts (15) and Connecticut College (13) round out the conference's schools.
Related Links: Sailing World's College Rankings
The Crimson competed on the Charles River 11 times in the fall and finished in the top-10 in every outing except two. Harvard's two victories came on the local water.
Olympic Model Athlete
The International Sailing Federation Association named Harvard freshman Juan Carlos Perdomo as one-of-28 experienced sailors to serve as an Athlete Role Model for the 2nd Summer Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China August 16-28. The Miami, Fla., native looks to transfer his knowledge and experience to the next wave of youth champions and Olympic heroes as a key role in supporting, mentoring and offering advice to the 100 young sailors racing across four events on Jinniu Lake.
Related Link: Perdomo Named Youth Olympic Games Sailing Athlete Role Model
Sailor of the Week
For his second-place finish at the ICSA Singlehanded Championships, Juan Carlos Perdomo was named the New England Intercollegiate Sailing Association Coed Sailor of the Week Nov. 12. The weekly accolade was the first of the freshman's career and first weekly award presented to a Crimson sailor this season.
Related Link: Perdomo Named NEISA Sailor of the Week
Leading the Fleet
Michael O'Connor is entering his 17th season at the helm of the Harvard sailing teams. Since he took over the Crimson program in 1997, Harvard has won the national team race championships in 2002 and 2003, as well as the 2003 national coed championship and the women's national title in 2005.
Ruane's third consecutive reign as captain marks the first time in Harvard sailing history that the Crimson are led by the same sailor for three-straight seasons. The senior's tenure displaces Clay Johnson '07's and Ben Lamont '14's two-season captaincy term record.