Coed Sailing Set for ICSA Gill National Dinghy Championship

Coed Sailing Set for ICSA Gill National Dinghy Championship

The coed sailing team will be looking to reclaim the Henry A. Morss Memorial Trophy for the first time since 2003 (Athletic Communications).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard coed sailing team will compete for the Henry A. Morss Memorial Trophy next week at the Intercollegiate Sailing Association's (ICSA) Gill National Dinghy Championship in Newport, R.I. The championship event will be held from Monday, June 1 through Thursday, June 4.

About ISCA Gill Coed National Dinghy Championship
The ICSA Gill Coed National Dinghy Championship will be held from Monday, June 1 to Thursday, June 4. The regatta will be sailed out of the New York Yacht Club. Racing will take place on the waters of Newport Harbor, to either side of Fort Adams or between Goat and Rose Islands. The Gill Coed Championship will begin after the LaserPerformance Team Race Championship with an opening ceremony and competitors' meeting the evening of Sunday, May 31 at the New York Yacht Club. Racing is scheduled to start Monday, June 1 at 9:30 a.m. Sailors will compete in Z420s and CFJs. The first two days of racing will be a semi-final regatta, which will include 36 of the top teams in the country, each of which qualified from their conferences to compete.

The top nine teams in each semi-final round will advance to the final round, an 18-boat regatta on the last two days of the championship, June 3-4. This will determine the podium spots and name the national champion.

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Harvard's History at Dinghy Championship
The Crimson has won five ICSA National Coed Dinghy Championships, most recently in 2003. Harvard finished 18th at last year's event, and has qualified for the coed national championship six times in the last seven years. The Crimson has competed in the event 14 times overall under head coach Mike O'Connor, with nine top-five performances.

Boats
Two fleets of boats, each with new sails, supplied by Brown University (420Zs) and Salve Regina University (FJs), will be used for the Coed Championships.

Projected Lineup (Skipper/Crew)*:  A-Division: Brian Drumm/Jacob Bradt | B-Division: Andrew Mollerus/Sydney Karnovsky | Alternate: Marek Zaleski

*All boat pairings subject to change

Forecast
Monday, sailors on Narragansett Bay will face winds at 10 knots, with wind gusts up to 20 knots. There will be waves rolling in at two to three feet and a slight chance of showers. On Tuesday, winds are again expected at 10 knots with 20 knot gusts, and waves around two feet. For updated weather forecasts, click here.

Last Time Out
Harvard finished sixth at the New England Dinghy Championship, earning a spot at the ICSA Gil National Coed Dinghy Championship. The Crimson sat in the middle of the pack through five races in each division, but a strong push helped Harvard climb as high as second in the standings and finish 33 points ahead of the cutoff pace.

Sailing in FJs, Andrew Mollerus, Sydney Karnovsky, and Jacob Bradt combined to sail the B-division boat to a second-place result. Mollerus and Karnovsky teamed up for the first 13 races, posting 12 top-eight finishes with one win, while Mollerus and Bradt sailed to first- and fourth-place results in the final two contests.

In the A-flight, Brian Drumm and Bradt competed together for the first 13 events, posting seven top-10's with one victory. Marek Zeleski and Karnovsky sailed the final two sprints in the flight to close out the regatta.

Leading the Way
Harvard sailing head coach Michael O'Connor is in his 18th season at the helm of the Crimson fleet. Since he took over the Crimson program in 1997, Harvard has won national team race championships in 2002 and 2003, as well as the 2003 national coed championship and the women's national title in 2005.

All- NEISA Awards
Juniors Jacob Bradt, Sydney Karnovsky and Andrew Mollerus were each named to the All-NEISA second team, as announced by the organization. Bradt and Karnovsky earned the distinction as crews, while Mollerus was the lone Harvard skipper recognized.

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