Four Regattas on Tap for Sailing’s Opening Weekend

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard sailing is set to begin its fall season with an action-packed weekend on the waters, Sept. 11-12. The opening docket is comprised of four regattas, including three in Boston. Harvard will serve as the host for both the Charles River and Harvard Invitationals, while MIT will put on the Toni Duetsch Trophy, a women’s only event. Harvard will also send participants to the Harry Anderson trophy, hosted by Yale. 

Charles River Invitational, Toni Duetsch Trophy and Harvard Invitational – Cambridge, Mass. 

Mostly sunny skies are expected above the Charles this weekend, with temperatures reaching the high 70s on Saturday before climbing into the mid 80s on Sunday. Sailors will encounter winds hovering around eight to nine knots out of the northwest early Saturday, with the direction shifting slightly to out of the southwest in the afternoon. Sunday’s winds will once again be from the southwest and will reach speeds of up to 13 knots. 

Harry Anderson Trophy – Branford, Conn. 

Sunshine is in store for those racing in Branford as well, with temperatures reaching a high of 76 degrees Fahrenheit on Saturday and 82 degrees Fahrenheit on Sunday. Winds will be quiet on Saturday morning, coming from the northwest at around four to five knots, but will increase to as high as eight knots from the southwest in the afternoon. Things get a bit breezier on Sunday with winds out of the southwest rising to as high as 10-11 knots in the afternoon. 

What to know: 

  • The program earned a record eight All-America selections for the 2019-2020 season, breaking the previous mark of seven set in 2006-07. 
  • The team also brings back several 2019-20 NEISA award winners. Siblings Eli and Henry Burns return after landing spots on the Coed Skippers First Team, while senior Emma Kaneti is back for her senior year after earning a place on the Women’s Skippers First Team. Sophomore Sarah Burn will look to build off an outstanding first year in which she received All-NESIA Women’s Crew First Team honors and was recognized as Women’s Rookie of the Year. 
  • A total of five first-years are set to join the team for the fall season, a list which includes Cordelia BurnDavid DyeSophia MontgomeryCasey Murray and Christina Thomas

At the helm: 
Michael O’Connor is set to begin his 25th season leading the Harvard sailing program. He was named the NEISA Coach of the Year for the 2019-20 shortened season and has presided over the program for a total of four national championships, including team race national championships in 2002 and 2003, a national coed championship in 2003 and a women’s national title in 2005. 

Next up: Next weekend features another slate of four regattas for the team, including the Regis Bowl, to be held at Harvard Sailing Club. Other races on the schedule include the Barnett Trophy, NEISA Men’s and Women’s Singlehanded Championships and the Hatch Brown Trophy. Source