The Hobart and William Smith Colleges sailing team will open the 2016-17 season this weekend with three regattas. HWS will compete in the Jack Boehringer Memorial, the Laser North, and the Navy Radial Open, Sept. 10-11.
Last year, the Colleges competed in two of the three spring National Championships. Heron sailors qualified for the Intercollegiate Sailing Association Women’s Dinghy National Championships, finishing 12th. William Smith was paced by a fifth place finish in A Division from Bailey Carter and Sarah Warren. The Colleges qualified for the ICSA Coed Dinghy National Championship. HWS took 11th place in both divisions but due to combined points fell to 12th overall.
Head Coach Scott Iklé enters his 24th season at the helm of the program returning 24 student-athletes from the 2015-16 squad, including all four sailors that earned All-Middle Atlantic Intercollegiate Sailing Association honors last year. The Classes of 2020 add 16 to the program.
A two-time recipient of Hobart’s Most Valuable Sailor award, junior Greiner Hobbs was named to the All-MAISA Coed Skippers second team a season ago. He secured first place finishes in A Division at the Jack Boehringer Memorial Regatta and B Division at the North Fall qualifier. In the spring, he was one of three skippers that guided the Colleges to a 17-2 overall record and a win at the Admiral Moore Team Race. Hobbs served as skipper in A Division at the ICSA Coed Dinghy National Championships, finishing in 11th place. Seniors Adam Schaefer and Sam Hallowell bring experience and veteran leadership to the team.
A sophomore, Carter looks to build off her impressive rookie season that saw her garner ALL-MAISA Women’s Skippers second team honors. At the MAISA Women’s Championship, she and Warren finished second in A Division with 38 points. Carter also guided the Herons to a first place finish at the Mosbacher, Owen, Knapp Tropies in Ithaca, N.Y. Juniors Haley Okun and Warren were tabbed All-MAISA Crews. Senior Christine Moloney brings championship experience having competed at the ICSA Women’s Dinghy National Championships each of the past two years while senior Erin Condon returns for her fourth season after winning the Classes of 1994 Award each of the last two seasons.
This weekend, the Colleges will look to improve on their fourth place finish at the Jack Boehringer Regatta in Ithaca, N.Y. HWS sailors will also compete in Kings Point, N.Y., at the Laser North Regatta, and in Annapolis, Md., in the Navy Radial Open. The Colleges will host two regattas at Bozzuto Boathouse this fall, the North Fall Qualifier, Sept. 24-25, and the David Lee Arnoff Trophy Regatta, Oct. 8-9.