The Hobart and William Smith Colleges sailing team closed out the 2016-17 season with a fifth place finish at the College Sailing/Gill Coed National Championships in Charleston Harbor. The Colleges finished second in A Division and sixth in B Division.
HWS advanced to the finals after placing third in the eastern semifinals which were held Tuesday and Wednesday. The Colleges were one of 18 teams competing for the National Championship.
The start of the first day of the two-day national championships was delayed because the winds were too light to compete with the current. Sailors took to the water around 12:50 p.m. and were able to complete 10 races in both divisions before racing was called. HWS sat in sixth after 20 races with 164 points. Georgetown led the competition with 127 points. Light winds again delayed sailing today in Charleston Harbor. The wind picked up in the afternoon, allowing teams to compete seven more races in each division. The Colleges finished the championship with 271 points, four points behind fourth place Boston College and ten points behind third place Dartmouth.
In A Division, junior Greiner Hobbs, first-year Anna Flaherty, and sophomore Lindsey Kloc finished second with 123 points, three points behind the College of Charleston. Flaherty sailed in races 1-4 while Lindsey Kloc competed in races 5-17. They combined to finish in the top-10 in 13 races, including wins in races six and seven.
First-years Hector Guzman and Maya Weber and senior Adam Schaefer represented the Colleges in B Division. Weber competed as crew in races 1-8 and 11-17 while Schaefer sailed in races 9 and 10. They took sixth in their division with 148 points, three points behind Georgetown University. Guzman, Weber, and Schaefer compiled 11 top-10 finishes.
The host College of Charleston won the national championship with 230 points, claiming the Henry A. Morss Memorial Trophy. Yale was second and Dartmouth rounded out the top-three. HWS’ fifth place finish was its best finish since taking second at the event in 2011.
The Colleges competed in all three ICSA National Championships this spring. HWS also finished fifth at the LaserPerformance Team Race National Championships.