Sailing Kicks Off Spring Season with Two Regattas

Emma Kaneti sails at practice on the Charles River.
Photo courtesy: Gil Talbot

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Harvard sailing opens its spring season with a duo of regattas this weekend, Feb. 29-March 1. The team will split up to race at the Hap Moore in New London, Connecticut, while also competing for the Bavier Trophy in Charleston, South Carolina.

Bavier Team Race- Charleston, South Carolina
Sunshine is in store for the weekend in Charleston, with highs in the mid-50's on both Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday, winds are expected to come from the west anywhere between 11-13 knots, but will switch to a northwest direction between five-eight knots on Sunday.

Hap Moore Team Race- New London, Connecticut
The Harvard squad won't see as nice of weather in New London, as temperatures will only reach a high of 35 degrees throughout the course of the weekend. While chance of precipitation is low, winds could reach up to 20 knots on Saturday coming from the west, and up to eight knots coming from the northwest on Sunday.

What to Know

  • Five sailors were named to the 2020 NEISA Watch Lists for Co-ed and Women's Sailor of the Year, Babineau Crew of the Year and Women's Crew of the Year.
  • The Crimson tallied 13 top-five wins in the fall, highlighted by a first-place finish competing for the Danmark Trophy.
  • The team returns two ICSA All-American selections from the 2018-20 season; Co-ed Honorable Mention All-America Skipper Eli Burnes, as well as Honorable Mention Women's All-America Skipper, Emma Kaneti.
  • Harvard is set to race at Hap Moore for the first time since the 2017-18 season, where it placed fifth.

At the Helm
Head Coach Michael O'Connor is in the midst of his 21st season as the Harvard sailing team's head coach. During his tenure, Harvard has won a pair of national team race championships (2002, 2003), as well as a national coed championship (2003) and a women's national title (2005).

What's Next
The Crimson looks forward to its first home regatta of the season. The Wood Trophy is set for March 7-8.