Sailing Prepares for Four Races

Photo showing the Harvard fleet of sailboats.
Photo courtesy of Gil Talbot.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard sailing will hit the water for its fifth consecutive weekend, competing at the Stu Nelson Trophy, the MIT Smith Trophy, the Hewitt Trophy and the Co-ed Showcase. For the Stu Nelson Trophy,  the Crimson travels to Connecticut College for a second consecutive weekend. The Hewitt Trophy will be hosted by Dartmouth on Lake Mascoma in Hanover, N.H., the Co-ed Showcase will take place in St. Mary's, Md., and is hosted by St. Mary's College of Maryland. Finally, Harvard will race on the familiar waters of the Charles at the MIT Smith Trophy.

Weather Forecast

Stu Nelson Trophy (New London, Conn.) – A moderately windy weekend is expected over the weekend in New London, with temperatures in the upper 60s. Wind speeds should range between 11 and 14 knots coming from the north on Saturday and shifting to the south Sunday.

Hewitt Trophy (Hanover, N.H.) – It will be a cool weekend in the Granite State, with temperatures not expected to clip 60 degrees. Sailors can expect a calm weekend, with winds at approximately six to eight knots.

Co-ed Showcase (St. Mary's, Md.) – Crimson student-athletes travelling to southern Maryland will have a pleasant weekend on the St. Mary's River, with temperatures approaching 70 degrees on Saturday and 80 degrees on Sunday. Winds will come from the east switching to the south at approximately 10 knots.

MIT Smith Trophy (Boston, Mass.) - Sailors in Boston will experience a sunny and cooler weekend, with temperatures around 60 degrees. Windy conditions are expected Sunday, over 15 knots. 

What to Know

  • Harvard returns to action after picking up its first win of the fall season at last week's Danmark Invitational.
  • The trip to Maryland will be the Crimson's longest of the season.
  • The Crimson women's second-place finish at last week's Women's Showcase was the squad's best finish since the St. Mary's Women's Interconference Race in March.
  • The Crimson placed fourth at the 2018 edition of the Co-ed Showcase and fifth at the 2018 Stu Nelson Trophy.
  • The MIT Smith Trophy schedule was moved from last weekend.

At the Helm

Head Coach Michael O'Connor has led the Harvard sailing program since 1997. During his tenure, O'Connor has led the Crimson to a coed national championship in 2003, a women's national championship in 2005, and a pair of team race championships in 2003 and 2005, respectively. Harvard has also won nine New England championships during O'Connor's span as head coach. 

What's Next

Harvard will vie for the Captain Hurst Bowl at Dartmouth and the Women's Showcase Finals over Columbus Day Weekend, Oct. 12-13.