The Hobart and William Smith Colleges sailing team will open the 2014-15 season this weekend with three regattas. HWS will compete in the Cornell Fall Open, the Laser North and the Navy Radial Open on Saturday, Sept. 13 and Sunday, Sept. 14.
Head Coach Scott Iklé ’84 begins his 22nd season at the helm of the program. “We’re very excited to begin another year of competition,” said Iklé. “More than half of this year’s team is made up of first-years. This weekend eight will be out sailing in their first collegiate regattas. It will be a good test of the talent and strength.”
Last year, the Colleges competed in three championship regattas to cap the fall season and William Smith sailors earned their best finish in program history taking seventh place at the ICSA Women’s National Championship to close out the spring season.
This year, HWS returns 11 including two seniors, Elliott Morrill and Liana Folger. Morrill, who earned the team’s Most Valuable Sailor Award last year, competed in 14 regattas. Folger took part in five. She helped the Herons earn a spot in last year’s ICSA Women’s National Semifinals. In addition, the team welcomes 15 members of the Class of 2018. The Colleges will be put to the test early as the Laser North in Kings Point, New York, serves as a qualifier for the Carl Can Duyne Regatta and the Navy Radial in Annapolis, Maryland, is a qualifier for the Faye Bennet Trophy.
In 2013, HWS placed second at the Cornell Fall Open. Junior Eddie Cox took fifth at the Laser North, qualifying for the Carl Van Duyne MAISA Men’s Singlehanded Championship, and Arielle deLisser ’14 and Brooke Lyon ’14 finished second and fourth, respectively, earning spots in the Faye Bennet MAISA Women’s Singlehanded Championship.