Sailing Readies for Four-Regatta Weekend

Photo credit: Gil Talbot
Photo credit: Gil Talbot

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—Harvard sailing returns to the water as the team travels to MIT, Boston College, Boston University and Bowdoin for a five-regatta slate this weekend. The coed team is set to compete at the New England Men's Singlehanded Championship at Boston College, the Hatch Brown Trophy hosted by MIT, and the Barnett Trophy hosted by Bowdoin. The women's team will sail at the New England Women's Singlehanded Championship at Boston College and the Regis Bowl hosted by Harvard and Boston University.


Sailors on the Charles River can expect variable winds around five knots throughout the day Saturday, becoming southeasterly in the afternoon. Sunday, competitors will see southwest winds around five knots to close out the weekend, with winds changing to the southeast in the afternoon. Waves will be one foot or less throughout the weekend.

At the Barnett Trophy hosted by Bowdoin, sailors can expect southern winds around five knots to open competition on Saturday. Waves will reach between two and three feet with areas of fog in the morning. Sunday, winds will change directors to the north to start the morning, with winds facing south to close out the regatta. Waves will once again peak between two and three feet.

What to Know

  • At last year's Hatch Brown Trophy hosted by MIT, the Crimson finished first-overall with 49 points, beating out second-place Boston College by 11 points.
  • After winning the trophy for the second consecutive year in 2017, Harvard returns to Bowdoin College to defend their title at the Barnett Trophy. Last year, the Crimson secured a dominating victory with 160 points, 44 points ahead of second-place Tufts. Henry Burnes, Emily Wang, and Catherine Tang sailed in the A-Division, securing a first-place finish with 67 points.
  • On the women's side, Harvard finished 11th overall at the Regis Bowl last year after going head-to-head with Bowdoin in a tiebreaker battle.
  • The Crimson returns to the NEISA Singlehanded Men's and Women's Championship after securing a 12th place finish for the women and an eighth-place finish for the men last year.

At the Helm

Head Coach Mike O'Connor enters his 21st season with the Crimson. Since joining Harvard in 1997, Harvard has won two national team race championships (2002, 2003), as well as the 2003 national coed championship and women's national title (2005).

What's Next

The Crimson is back in action next weekend with five regattas set for Sept. 22 – 23. The coed team will travel to the Norm Reid Trophy hosted by Boston College, the Hood Trophy hosted by Tufts and the Hoyt Trophy hosted by Brown. The women will take to the waters at Dartmouth, competing at the Mrs. Hurst Bowl. The team closes out the weekend at the Harvard Invitational on Sept. 23.