The Hobart and William Smith sailing team earned two victories over the weekend. Senior Sam Blouin captured a first place finish at the MAISA Laser Qualifier in Kings Point, N.Y., and HWS took home a victory at the North Fall No. 1 Ithaca, N.Y.
In King’s Point, wind conditions only allowed for four races. Blouin recorded 16 points for first place. Sophomore John Darby earned a sixth place finish. Both Darby and Blouin qualified for a spot in the Carl Van Duyne Singlehanded Championship which will take place in King’s Point, N.Y., on Oct. 8-9. Junior Tim Zacher will also compete in the championship. He qualified with a fifth place finish at the Laser North No. 1 back on Sept. 10-11. All three sailors will be competing in the Carl Van Duyne looking to qualify for the ICSA Men’s Singlehanded National Championships later this fall.
In Ithaca, senior Austen Anderson and junior Bridget Nannig earned a first place finish in the A Division. The pair placed in the top three in all nine races and recorded seven first place finishes. In the B Division, junior John Norfleet and sophomore Jane Rew also posted a first place finish. They finished first in six races. With the victory, HWS qualified for its fall conference dinghy championship, the War Memorial in Annapolis, Md. on Oct. 29-30.
HWS was also scheduled to compete at the Faye Bennet Trophy, however, due to poor sailing conditions the regatta had to be postponed to a later date.
HWS will be back on the water Oct. 1-2, when they compete at the Danmark Trophy in New London, Conn., and at the Intrepid Trophy in Annapolis Md. Sailors will also take part at the Big Apple Classic in New York, N.Y. William Smith sailors will also compete in at MAISA Women’s Fall Dinghy in Ithaca, N.Y.