Sailing Set to Compete at Ivy League Championships

Photo courtesy: Gil Talbot
Photo courtesy: Gil Talbot

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—The Harvard sailing team readies for a packed weekend of competition this weekend, April 13-14, with the teams slated to split competition between five regattas. The coed team will take on the Thompson Trophy at Connecticut College, the Oberg Trophy hosted by MIT and Northeastern, and the Ivy League Championships hosted by Yale. In addition, the women's crew will set its sights on the Women's National Team Race Invitational hosted by Brown. To close out the weekend, the coed crew will return to the water on Sunday, April 14, for the Central Series 4 at Tufts.

Owen, Mosbacher-Knapp Trophies (Ivy League Championship) & Thompson Trophy – Branford, Conn.  
Competitors at the Ivy League Championship will see windy conditions to open up the weekend in Connecticut. Early races can expect winds between 10 to 15 knots, with gusts reaching up to 25 knots, and waves peaking around two feet. Winds will begin to diminish throughout the afternoon and into the final day of competition, settling at around five to 10 knots.

Women's National Team Race Invitational – Cranston, R.I.
Sailors can expect winds around 10 to 15 knots to kick things off in Rhode Island this weekend, with gusts occasionally reaching 25 knots. Waves will be choppy, with peaks reaching around four feet. Heading into day two, winds will drop to around five knots throughout the day.

Oberg Trophy & Central Series 4 – Boston, Mass.
Boston-based sailors can expect winds between 10 and 15 knots and gusts up to 30 knots to start off competition at the Oberg Trophy. Additionally, early morning races may see delays due to a possibility of rain. On day two, winds will stay at a consistent five knots to close out the competition at both the Oberg Trophy and Central Series 4.  

What to Know
-Harvard heads into the Thompson Trophy as the defending champions after commanding the 18-team field last year to earn a decisive first-place finish.
-The Crimson hopes to bring home the Ivy League title after coming in second to Ancient Eight rivals Yale last season at the Owen, Mosbacher-Knapp Trophies.
-Harvard returns to the Central Series 4 race for the first time since 2014, when the team placed second overall.
-After placing fifth at last year's Oberg trophy, Harvard hopes to best its performance this weekend on the Charles River.
-This weekend marks the first time the Crimson women's team will compete at the Women's National Team Race Invitational.

Up Next
The Crimson splits competition across Boston next weekend, April 20-21. The women's crew will compete for the NE Women's Championship at MIT, while the coed team will host the Boston Dinghy Club Challenge Cup as well as take on the Morris Trophy hosted by Boston University.