Sailing to Host Horn Trophy, Compete in Three Races

Sailing to Host Horn Trophy, Compete in Three Races

The sailing team will pair with MIT to host the Horn Trophy Team Race (Athletic Communications).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. –  The sailing team looks to continue their steak of success when they compete at the Hap Moore Trophy, the Sister Esther Open and the Horn Trophy Nov. 5-6.


On Saturday, sailors will see westerly winds of 10-15 knots in Newport and seas of 1-2 feet. The winds in Newport will shift out of the northwest at 10-15 knots on Sunday with waves of a foot or less. In New London, competitors will see similar conditions, winds from the west at 10-15 knots with seas of 1-2 feet. On Sunday, winds shift out of the northwest at 10-15 knots and waves around two feet. Sailors in Boston will see winds from the west at 10-15 knots on Saturday and waves of foot or less. On Sunday, competitors will see winds shift to the northwest at 10-15 knots and waves of a foot or less with a chance for rain at midday.

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National Recognition

The Harvard sailing team was voted in the top-20 in Sailing World Magazine's latest poll. The women came in at No. 15 and the coed squad was ranked No. 20. Sailing World's College Rankings, presented by Zim Sailing and Gill, are determined by an open coaches poll.

Last Time Out

At the Erwin Schell Trophy at Coast Guard, Nick Sertl and Christine Gosioco battled their way to four top-five finishes in the A-Division, leading the Crimson to a fifth-place finish overall with 73 points. With the fifth-place mark, Harvard qualifies for the Atlantic Coast Championships hosted by Navy Nov. 12-13. The Crimson also clinched their spot in the Atlantic Coast Championships by finishing fifth at the Victoria Urn Trophy. The women's ACCs will be held at the College of Charleston Nov. 12-13. 

About the Hap Moore Trophy

The Hap Moore Trophy is a team race that will be hosted by the Coast Guard. The regatta consist of at least one round-robin of all the teams, followed by round robins of the top half and the bottom half.

At the 2015 Hap Moore Trophy, Harvard sent six members of the squad to compete against the 11 other teams. Harvard finished the 2015 race with an 8-8 record, including wins over MIT, Roger Williams, Old Dominion, New York Maritime and Vermont. The Crimson tallied a ninth-place finish. Harvard will send three skippers and five crews to compete at this years' race: Nick Sertl/Christine Gosioco, Jackson Wagner/Julia Lord, Nick Digiovanni/Catherine Tang. The heavy air specialist crews will be Nomin Jagdagdorj and Kevin Coakley.

About the Mike Horn Trophy

The Mike Horn Trophy is a team race that honors Harvard Varsity Club Hall of Fame Member Michael S. Horn '63, who coached Harvard for many years and is responsible for the existence of the varsity sailing program. The teams split up six members of their squad into three skippers and three crew members, then sail in rounds in 420 boats and FJs.  In last year's contest, the Crimson were able to secure victories over Roger Williams and MIT, earning a fifth-place mark. Harvard will send Taylor Gavula/Emma Wheeler, Lucy Wilmot/Cara Kennedy-Cuomo, Jessica Williams/Divya Arya to sail in this year's contest on the Charles River.

About the Sister Esther Open

This year marks the fifth-annual Sister Esther Open hosted by Salve Regina. This regatta is an in-conference, two-division competition where sailors compete in FJs. Harvard did not compete at the 2015 Sister Esther Open. The Crimson will send Nick Karnovsky and Alejandra Resendiz to compete in the A-Division and Dylan Farrell and Priscilla Russo for the B-Division.

Projected Lineup (Skipper/Crew):
A-division: Nick Karnovsky/Alejandra Resendiz
B-division: Dylan Farrell/Priscilla Russo 

On the Horizon

After battling to two fifth-place finishes at the Schell Trophy and Victoria Urn Trophy, Harvard secured their spots in the Coed and Women's Atlantic Coast Championships (ACCs). This marks the first time in six years that both squads qualified for the ACCs. The women will travel to Charleston to compete for the women's title Nov. 12-13, while Harvard and MIT will jointly host the coed championships Nov. 12-13.