Sailing Set to Compete in Five Regattas After a Successful Weekend – Harvard University – Harvard Athletics

Sophia Montgomery’s win at the NEISA Singlehanded Championships, Harvard sailing is set to sail in five more regattas this weekend. 
On Saturday, September 24th, the Crimson will host two, one-day, events in Cambridge, Mass. the Charles River Invitational and the Cambridge Invitational.
In addition, Harvard will send sailors to three two-day events, occurring from September 24th-25th.  The Crimson will keep it local with the Mrs. Hurst Bowl in Cambridge, Mass. and the Hood Trophy hosted by Tufts.  To cap off competition, the Crimson will also be represented at Brown for the Hoyt Trophy. 


Charles River Invitational, Cambridge Invitational, Mrs. Hurst Bowl – Cambridge, Mass.
This weekend will bring much cooler temperatures than of late with a high of 66 degrees on Saturday.  With the chillier tempature will also come powerful wind.  Wind is expected to hold steady around 10 to 13 knots throughout the day with powerful gusts out of the southeast reaching as high as 27 knots.  Calmer conditions are expected for Sunday with a high of 72 and wind out of the northeast ranging from 6 to 9 knots. 
Hood Trophy – Medford, Mass.
Conditions for the Hood Trophy in Medford, Mass. is expected to be nearly the same as that in Cambridge, Mass.
Hoyt Trophy – Providence, RI
In Providence, RI, conditions are expected to be a little bit calmer than those in the Boston area.  On Saturday, the wind will stay consistent around 9 to 10 knots throughout the day with temperatures reaching a high of 67 degrees.  For Sunday, temperatures will be similar with a high of 71 and winds ranging from 5 to 10 knots throughout the racing day. 

What to know

  • Last weekend the Crimson secured their second win of the season from Sophia Montgomery’s first-place performance at the NEISA Singlehanded Championships. 
  • In addition, Harvard finished in the top three out of 18 teams at both the Hatch Brown and Regis Bowl. 
  • The Crimson also saw a 5th place finish out of 15 teams at NEISA Fundamental and an additional 15th out of 18 teams at the Regis Bowl.


At the helm

Michael O’Connor is entering his 26th season as the head coach for the Harvard sailing program.  Under O’Connor, the Crimson have won national team race championships in both 2002 and 2003.  Additionally, they won the national coed championship and women’s national title in 2003 and 2005, respectively.  Last year, O’Connor led his team back to the ICSA Team Race National Championship and the ICSA Coed Dinghy Championship.

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