Hobart and William Smith Sailing Head Coach Scott Iklé ’84 was one of five college coaches helping to lead two days of clinics at the 2015 U.S. Junior Women’s Singlehanded Championships hosted by the Rochester Yacht Club this week. The five-day event opened with two days of clinics followed by three days of racing.
U.S. Sailing National Championships feature high-level coaching and skill. The clinics familiarized the competitors with the local conditions and race course. Racing begins on Friday, July 17 and continues through Sunday, July 19. Thirty top young sailors under the age of 19 will be competing for the Nancy Leiter Clagett Memorial Trophy on Lake Ontario in Laser Radials. The winning sailor will qualify for the 2016 U.S. Youth Sailing Championship, the premiere youth sailing regatta in the country.
Iklé will begin his 24th season at the helm of the HWS sailing program this fall. He led HWS sailors to their first national championship in 2005, finishing first at the Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association (ICSA)/Layline North American Team Race Championship, and three days later HWS won the ICSA/Gill North American Coed Dinghy Championship. Under Iklé’s guidance the Colleges have earned a spot in 55 ICSA National Championship events and logged 20 top five finishes.
The clinic’s coaching staff also included Hobart alumnus John Pearce ’04, the head sailing coach at George Washington University.
HWS sailing begins its 2015-16 season competing at the Cornell Fall Open, the Laser North and the Radial Open on Sept. 12-13.