The Crimson coeds look to qualify for its 32nd national championship this weekend (photo courtesy Athletic Communications).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – With a berth to the Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association Team Race National Championship on the line, the 17th-seeded Harvard coed sailing team will race at the 65th Fowle Trophy, New England Team Race Championship this weekend. The Crimson will also compete at the 4th Mystic Lake Team Race, while the women take the water at the Emily Wick Trophy. Sailing at each event is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m.
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About the 65th Fowle Trophy
New England's top coed teams will meet on the Thames River this weekend, racing in Connecticut College's FJs. The event is the most crucial of the spring season for the coeds, as the field of 12 will be tapered down to four that will qualify for the Walter C. Wood Trophy, ICSA National Team Race Championship, to be held at St. Mary's College in St. Mary's City, Md., May 26 – June 6. The race also serves as the spring district team race championship for the New England Intercollegiate Sailing Association (NEISA).
The Crimson looks to snap a two-year draught of qualifying for nationals this weekend as the last Harvard team to earn a berth was the 2010-11 squad that won the Fowle Trophy. Last season, the Crimson claimed ninth at the New England Championships.
Related Link: Sailing Takes Ninth at New England Championship
About the 4th Mystic Lake Team Race
The 4th Mystic Lake Team Race is set to be sailed on Mystic Lake in Medford, Mass., in Tufts' fleet of Larks. The Jumbos are the only collegiate team that sails Larks in order to hold an upper hand on the elite field of competition. Harvard has competed in the Mystic Lake Team Race since the inception of the event in 2009. Last year, the Crimson posted a 4-17 record to take seventh place.
Related Link: Harvard Sailing Wins Ted Ferrarone Team Race
About the Emily Wick Trophy
The Emily Wick Trophy is a two-division, intersectional regatta hosted by Coast Guard on the Thames River. Eighteen tames will clash on the water in New London, Conn., with each group racing in 420s. In 2013, the Crimson totaled 320 points for 15th place.
Connecticut waters will see southwest winds of 10 to 15 knots early Saturday before shifting to western winds of 15 to 20 knots in the afternoon. Sunday will see steady northwest breezes of 10 to 15 knots that become western squalls of 5 to 10 knots in the afternoon. In the Bay State, sailors will face southeast whiffs of 5 to 10 knots blowing to the southwest in the afternoon. A western blast of 10 to 15 knots with potential gusts of 25 knots is in store of the second day of racing.
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The busiest weekend of sailing is in store for the Crimson coed and women next weekend as Harvard splits up for five events including the 74th Owen, Mosbacher and Knapp Trophies at Yale which serves as the equivalent of the Ivy League Championships. The coeds will also race at the 27th Thompson Trophy (Coast Guard), the 70th Oberg Trophy (MIT/Northeastern) and the Savin Hill Invitational (Boston College). The women will take the water at Tufts' 35th Duplin Trophy.
Last Time on the Water
In its first weekend of racing this spring, the Harvard women's sailing team turned in an eighth-place performance at the Dellenbaugh Trophy. The 17th-seeded Crimson coeds also competed over the weekend at the 33rd Lynn Marchiando Regatta, the BU Trophy and hosted the Central Series Three.
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 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 coed national list as Yale (1), Boston College (6), Roger Williams (8), Dartmouth (9), and Brown (10) sit in the top 10, while Tufts (11), MIT (12), and Connecticut College (16) round out the conference's ranked schools.
Related Link: Sailing World's College Rankings
The Crimson has competed on the Charles River 15 times throughout the 2013-14 campaign 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.
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. With O'Connor at the helm, Harvard 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.