Washington Also 13th at Hood Trophy, 17th at St. Mary's Fall Intersectional
CHESTERTOWN, MD -- Washington College freshman Ryan Bailey (Toms River, NJ/Toms River South) finished fourth of 19 sailors at the MAISA Laser Qualifier, hosted by Merchant Marine this weekend, to earn a spot in the Carl Van Duyne Trophy - the MAISA Men's Singles Championships. The WC sailing team also finished 13th of 21 teams at the Hood Trophy, hosted by Tufts, and 17th of 18 teams at the St. Mary's Intersectional this weekend.
Bailey finished 10th, sixth, sixth, and second at the four races held at the MAISA Laser Qualifier. The low number of races was due to light conditions all weekend. Hobart & William Smith's Samuel Blouin won the regatta, Alex Post of Georgetown was second, and Old Dominion's Evan Hoffman was third. The top six sailors at the regatta qualified for the Carl Van Duyne Trophy. Bailey is the first WC sailor to qualify for that regatta since Carl Horrocks in 2005. This year's Carl Van Duyne Trophy will be held October 8th and 9th at Merchant Marine.
At the Hood Trophy, senior skipper Mike Whitford (Chicago, IL/Francis W. Parker School) and freshman crew Dale Strong (Severna Park, MD/Gunston Day School) were second in A Division. Freshman skipper Dan Ricker (Fair Haven, NJ/Rumson-Fair Haven Regional) and freshman crew Eleanor Conroy (West Dennis, MA/Tabor Academy) were 18th in B Division.
Light conditions limited the Hood Trophy to four races in each division, with just one race (the fourth B Division race) sailing on Sunday. Third-ranked Harvard won the regatta followed by 10th-ranked Tufts in second and top-ranked Yale in third.
At the St. Mary's Intersectional, senior skipper Mildred Conroy (Newton, MA/Tabor Academy) sailed with junior crew Matt Lawler (Alexandria, VA/Christchurch School) and freshman crew TJ Heist (Ocean City, NJ/Ocean City) to finish 17th in A Division. Lawler was Conroy's crew for the first six races in the division; Heist for the final two. Sophomore skipper Sam Fitzgerald (Fairfield, CT/Greens Farms Academy) drove Washington to a 13th-place finish in B Division. Heist was his crew for the first two B Division races, sophomore Erin McAuliffe (Germantown, MD/Good Counsel) was Fitzgerald's crew for the final six.
Only two races sailed in each division at St. Mary's on Saturday due to light conditions. The final six races in each division sailed on Sunday in light winds that began from the Northeast and later filled in from the South. Connecticut College won the St. Mary's Intersectional, ninth-ranked St. Mary's was second, and second-ranked Boston College was third.
Next weekend, the Washington College sailing team will compete at the St. Mary's Open and the MAISA Women's Fall Championships, hosted by Cornell.