Three former Hobart College sailors were recently named to the 2010 US SAILING Team AlphaGraphics (USSTAG). Rob Crane ’09, of Darien, Conn., Andy Horton ’98, of South Burlington, Vt., and Trevor Moore ’07, of North Pomfret, Vt., earned a spot on the national sailing team comprised of Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls.
Crane is the United States’ No. 2 ranked sailor in the Laser Class (one person dinghy). He was promoted to the USSTAG from the US SAILING Development Team. As a senior, Crane turned in a third-place showing in the 2008 ICSA Men’s Singlehanded National Championship. Internationally, he finished seventh in the 2009 Laser North Americans and 15th at the Rolex Miami OCR last month.
Horton is the skipper for the fourth ranked U.S. boat in the Star Class (men’s keelboat). The three-time All-American led the Hobart and William Smith sailing team to a third place finish in the ICSA Coed Dinghy Championship in 1998, and a fourth place finish in the 1997 Sloop National Championship. A veteran of the international sailing scene, Horton won a gold medal in the Lightning Class at the 1999 Pan American Games, won the 2007 and 2009 Star North American Championships, and finished second at the 2010 Rolex Miami OCR.
Moore is the crew for the top-ranked boat in the 49er Class (men’s two-person dinghy high performance). Like Horton, Moore was a three-time All-American and in 2007 he became the first Statesman to win the Everett B. Morris Trophy as the College Sailor of the Year. During his collegiate career, Moore competed in seven ICSA National Championship events, leading the Colleges’ to the 2005 Team Race and Coed Dinghy National Championships. He was also the first Statesman sailor to earn the “Babe” Kraus Award as Hobart’s Senior Athlete of the Year. Since graduating, Moore’s sailing resume boasts a fourth place finish in the Laser Class in the 2007 U.S. Olympic Team Trials and an 11th place finish in the 49er Class at the 2010 Rolex Miami OCR.
The 2010 team was selected based on top performances at a series of qualifying events, including last month’s US SAILING’s 2010 Rolex Miami OCR, where the United States won the most medals of any country competing.
This year’s qualification system was adapted to include the top performing boats, whether it is two or five in each class. This new system rewards athletes who performed well internationally in 2009 and are committed to competing at the top regattas in the world leading up to the 2012 Games.
The Olympic Sailing Program continues to build a cohesive and collaborative team within a structure of elite training and competition, in order to ensure high performance leading up to, and during, the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Sailing Competitions in Weymouth/Portland, England. The program provides team members opportunities to become medalists and fleet leaders at competitive international regattas, including the ISAF Sailing World Cup events and Olympic and Paralympic class world championships.