It’s still early in the Olympic sailing regatta, but Trevor Moore ’07 and Erik Storck have to be pleased with their early results. Competing in the 49er class, the pair earned their first victory today on the windward/leedward course of Portland Harbour.
On July 30, the 20-boat 49er regatta began with a pair of races on the Nothe course. Moore and Storck produced a solid sixth place finish in their Olympic debut and wrapped up Day 1 with a 10th place effort. The combined results put them in seventh place.
Day 2 dawned with a typical English summer day, cold, windy and rainy. The Americans got off to a slow start in the third of what is scheduled to be a 15-race series. They found themselves in 19th place at the first mark, but fought throughout the race to climb up to 16th place.
Moore and Storck rebounded in superb fashion in race four. They rode a 19-knot wind to the lead at the first mark, slipped into second place around the next four marks, but reclaimed the lead before the finish line, beating the second place boat from Ireland by 11 seconds.
“It’s always a thrill to win a race,” Moore said in a release issued by US Sailing. “I think our mentality is going to be the same, taking one race at a time, one start at a time. Hopefully by the end of it we’ll be there fighting for a medal.”
Moore isn’t the only Statesman competing in the games. Rob Crane ’09 is Team USA’s entry in sailing’s Laser class. Scheduled for 10 races, Crane sits in 36th place out of 49 entries after four races. He produced his best finish so far in the final race today, placing 28th.
At Hobart, 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, he competed in seven ICSA National Championship events, leading the Colleges’ to the 2005 Team Race and Coed Dinghy National Championships. Moore was also the first Statesman sailor to earn the Francis L. “Babe” Kraus ’24 Award as Hobart’s Senior Athlete of the Year.
Crane was the first Hobart sailor to compete in two ICSA Men’s Singlehanded National Championship regattas. He was 13th in his first appearance in 2006 and placed third as a senior in 2008.
49er racing is scheduled for seven races over the next three days before taking Saturday off. The final four 49er races are slated for Sunday and Monday with the medal race on Wednesday, Aug. 8. The Laser class will complete two more races tomorrow followed by an off day. The final four races will be completed on Friday and Saturday with the medal race on Monday, Aug. 6.