“Ike has been a core member of the team over the last four years,” HWS Head Coach Scott Ikle said. “Being selected to represent both the ICSA and the USA is an honor and a testimony to his hard work and leadership as a student-athlete. This is a great opportunity for Ike and an excellent way to cap off his collegiate sailing career.”
Babbitt skippered the US/Korea keelboat. In its fourth year, the Korea Cup has become one of the premier regattas in Asia. In 2010, 17 different countries were represented in the competition.
June 1 marked the event’s opening ceremony as well as the start of racing. Races continued from June 2 through June 6 and the event wrapped up with a closing and awards ceremony on the final day.
After learning about the event from Coach Ikle, Babbitt sent a cover letter and his sailing resume to the ICSA President. He was then accepted to take part in the international competition.
“This experience is an excellent way to transition out of college sailing to other opportunities in the future,” Babbitt said. “This is the first time I will be competing internationally, so I’m very excited to have this opportunity to skipper. This will also be a great cultural experience, since I’ve never been to Asia before.”
Babbitt, who started sailing at the New Bedford Yacht Club Sailing School when he was just eight years old, has been a member of the HWS sailing team for the past four years. This year, he helped HWS to a second place finish at the Thompson Trophy and also guided the team to claim fourth at the South Fall No. 1. In his junior year, Babbitt took second at the Pine Trophy and helped HWS finish second in the Intrepid Trophy Regatta, and in his sophomore season, he helped guide the Statesmen to victory in the Spring Keelboat Regatta at Navy.