The Hobart and William Smith sailing team earned a first place finish out of 20 teams at the Danmark Trophy in New London, Conn., this weekend. HWS also came in second at the Intrepid Trophy in Annapolis, Md., and William Smith sailors claimed second at the MAISA Women’s Fall Dinghy in Ithaca, N.Y. HWS took home fourth place at the Big Apple Classic in New York City.
The HWS sailing team was ranked eighth in the most recent Sailing World’s College Sailing Rankings co-ed poll. William Smith sailors were voted 13th in the women’s poll.
Senior Sam Blouin and junior Catherine Pelo won the A Division, finishing 35 points ahead of second place finishers the University of Wisconsin. The pair posted top five finishes in nine out of 13 races, and earned three wins. In the B Division, junior John Norfleet and sophomore Morgan Gould took home a fourth place finish after a head-to-head tie breaker with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Norfleet and Gould logged four seven top five finishes, including four wins.
At the MAISA Women’s Fall Dinghy, William Smith finished second of 13. In the A Division, sophomores Arielle deLisser, Jane Rew and Adele Huffine sailed to eight top five finishes in 13 races and crossed the finish first two times. First-year Liana Folger teamed with sophomore Jacqueline Day and first-year Hannah Wittleder and took second. They placed in the top five in 10 races.
At the Intrepid Match Race, senior Austen Anderson, senior Alex Butti, sophomore John Darby and first-year Peter Holz competed for HWS. In Round 1, HWS earned wins over Georgetown, Maine Maritime, New Hampshire, Navy and St. Mary’s. Their lone loss was to SUNY Maritime. In Round 2, HWS split six races, picking up wins over Georgetown, New Hampshire and SUNY Maritime. Advancing to the final four, they topped Maine Maritime and Navy to finish with a total of 10 wins and five losses for second out of the 14 teams.
In New York City, HWS earned a fourth place finish out of 12 teams. Sophomores Louis Padnos and Mike Deady claimed fourth in the A Division after sailing to eight top five finishes, including one victory. The duo of first-years Elliott Morrill and Robert Wands came in fifth in the B Division, placing in the top five four times.
The sailing team will be back in action Oct. 8-9 when they host the HWS Fall Intersectional. Sailors will also compete at the Moody Trophy in Kingston, R.I., and the Navy Women’s Intersectional in Annapolis, Md. Blouin, Darby and junior Tim Zacher will sail in the Carl Van Duyne Singlehanded Championship in King’s Point, N.Y. They will be competing to qualify for the ICSA Men’s Singlehanded National Championship later this fall.