Sailing Vies for NEISA Men’s Singlehanded Championship, Coed Fleet Races in Lone Regatta

Sailing Vies for NEISA Men’s Singlehanded Championship, Coed Fleet Races in Lone Regatta

Harvard sails for men's championship early in the season while coed continues competing in one regatta this weekend (Athletic Communications).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The sailing teams will compete in two regattas this weekend traveling to New Haven, Connecticut for the New England Men's Singlehanded Championship and Medford, Massachusetts for the Hood Trophy.

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About the NEISA Men's Singlehanded Championship
Juan Carlos Perdomo, Marek Zaleski, Andrew Puopolo and Jackson Wagner were chosen to compete at the New England Men's Singlehanded Championship hosted by Yale. Top-four finishers at the regatta will qualify for the ICSA singlehanded national championship. Last season, Zaleski and Perdomo placed seventh and 10th, respectively.

Projected Lineup*: Juan Carlos Perdomo, Marek Zaleski, Andrew Puopolo and Jackson Wagner

About the Hood Trophy
The Crimson will compete at the Hood Trophy hosted by Tufts where it will be sailing in Lark dinghies. 19 teams will compete amongst two divisions during the two-day event.

Projected Lineup*: A-Division: Nick Sertl / Nomin-Erdene Jagdagdorj | B-Division: Nick DiGiovanni / Priscilla Russo

*All boat pairings subject to change due to wind conditions 

At the New England Championship, Harvard will see East winds at 10 to 15 knots with gusts up to 20 knots and seas around 2 feet. Sunday, sailors will travel in East winds around 10 to 15 knots and seas around 2 feet. Pairs will sail out of Tufts University Mystic Lake Boathouse on Saturday with East winds at 5 to 10 knots and waves will be about a foot or less. Sunday there will be winds coming from the Southeast at around 5 knots with waves about a foot or less.

For up-to-date forecasts, click here.  

Last Time Out
The Harvard sailing team captured a fifth-place finish at the Nevins Trophy hosted by U.S. Merchant Marine Academy this past weekend. Perdomo and Kevin Coakley sailed in Laser vessels and led the Crimson with 11 first-place finishes in the 18-race regatta. Harvard also landed a ninth and 10th-place finish at the Hatch Brown Trophy and Stu Nelson Trophy, respectively.

Last Season
Harvard finished the 2014-15 season with 14 top-five finishes and wins at the Central Series One, Norm Reid Trophy Team Race, and Hap Moore Trophy Team Race. Harvard wrapped up the season at the New England Dinghy Championship and the ICSA National Dinghy Championship placing sixth and 15th, respectively.  

Leading the Way
Head coach Michael O'Connor will lead Harvard in his 19th season at Harvard. Since he took over the Crimson program in 1997, Harvard has won a pair of national team race championships (2002, 2003), as well as a national coed championship (2003) and a women's national title (2005).  

Aye Aye Captain
Seniors Andrew Mollerus and Sydney Karnovsky were named captains for a second straight year. Both were named to the 2015 ICSA All-Academic Sailing Team and Karnovsky was named to the ICSA All-America team as crew.  

Up Next
Harvard sails forth in three regattas Oct. 3 and 4 including the Danmark Trophy hosted by Coast Guard, the Smith Trophy hosted by MIT and its own Harvard Invitational.