The Hobart and William Smith Colleges sailing team finished in first place out of 15 teams at the North Fall Qualifier on Seneca Lake his past weekend. The Colleges also competed in the MAISA Laser Elimination Regatta and the Faye Bennet Trophy in Annapolis, Md.
At home on Seneca Lake, HWS finished first in a weather shortened regatta, Sunday’s racing was cancelled because of a lack of wind. After Saturday’s racing, the Colleges were in first place with 23 points, five ahead of Fordham. Sophomore Charlie Miller and first-year Maya Weber won B Division, finishing with nine points. Out of the six races contested, they won three and finished in second place in three. In A Division, junior Greiner Hobbs and first-year Anna Flahertytook second with 14 points. They won two races and finished runner-up once.
In Annapolis, three sailors represented the Colleges at the MAISA Laser Elimination Regatta. First-year Michael Munger led the way, placing seventh overall. He missed out on one of the six qualifying spots for the Carl Van Duyne MAISA Men’s Singlehanded Championships by nine points. Munger won the second race and finished inside the top 10 in all but three races. Fellow first-years Philip Davis and Ian Beckley took home 13th and 17th places respectively.
Two William Smith sailors were also in Annapolis for the Faye Bennet Trophy, the MAISA Women’s Singlehanded Championship. First-year Jessica Lietz finished in 12th with 145 points, while first-year Kate Coxwas 15th with 178 points. Lietz claimed seven top-10 finishes, including a third place finish in the seventh race. Cox had four top-10 finishes, including a win in the final race of the weekend.
The Colleges will be back on the water next weekend, Oct. 1-2, for three regattas. HWS will be back in Annapolis for the Intrepid Trophy. The Colleges will also travel to New London, Conn., for the Danmark Trophy. Heron sailors will travel to Ithaca, N.Y., for the Cornell Women’s Regatta.