Sailing Readies for Packed Four-Regatta Slate

Photo by Gil Talbot
Photo by Gil Talbot

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—The Harvard sailing team readies for a heavy race schedule, competing in four regattas this weekend, March 23-24. The coed team is set to travel to the Szambecki Trophy Team Race hosted by Old Dominion, the Vietor Trophy Team Race hosted by the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and the BU Team Race. The women's crew, meanwhile, prepares to compete on the Charles River in the Duplin Women's Team Race. 

Szambecki Trophy Team Race – Norfolk, Va.
Opening the weekend in Virginia, winds will hold around 15 knots throughout competition, with winds diminishing to five knots as sailors head into Sunday. Waves will range between one to two feet throughout both days of races.  

Vietor Trophy Team Race – New London, Conn.
Windy conditions will mark day one of the Vietor Trophy Team Race, with winds staying steady around 20 to 25 knots and gusts up to 40 knots. Sailors can also expect choppy seas, with waves peaking anywhere between three to five feet. Winds will drop to 10 to 15 knots on the final day of competition, with gusts easing to 20 knots. Competitors can also expect waves to fall to one to two feet as they close out races on Sunday. 

BU Team Race & the Duplin Trophy Team Race – Boston, Mass.
Competitors on the Charles River will open competition with tough winds, ranging between 15 to 20 knots alongside gusts up to 40 knots throughout the day. Moving into day two, winds will drop to around 10 knots, with gusts only reaching 20 knots. Waves will stay consistent throughout the weekend, maintaining around two feet. 

What to Know
-At the 2018 Vietor Trophy Team Race, Harvard sailed to an eighth-place finish, with Taylor Gavula and Emily Wang earning a top-10 finish in three A-Division races. 
-The Crimson went 6-8 last year at the Szambecki Team Race, finishing seventh overall in the field with wins over Cornell, Tufts and Kings Point.
-Overcoming tough conditions at last year's BU Team Race, Harvard earned third place off an 8-7 overall record, including two wins each over MIT and Salve Regina.
-The Crimson returns to the Duplin Women's Team Race for the first time since the 2017 season, when the women finished fifth overall. 

Up Next
The Crimson sets its sights on another packed slate, splitting competition between four races next weekend, March 30-31. The coed squad prepares for the Marchiando Trophy Team Race hosted by MIT, the BU Trophy and the Central Series 3 Race, while the women's team readies for the Dellenbaugh Trophy hosted by Brown.