By Brianna Glase
With the wind behind their sails, the St. Mary’s sailing team raced into the new season victoriously, taking first and second place awards at the Riley Cup and placing sixth at the Harry H. Anderson Trophy, according to the official college sailing score release.
According to Director of Sailing Bill Ward, the team finished the last season strongly. “Last year we were second at the women’s nationals and second at team nationals,” he said.
According to senior co-captain John Wallace, the addition of fifteen new members to the team should help challenge all the members to excel. “We are very excited to have such a good group of freshman sailors. We added fifteen new members to the team this year which is above average and will make our practices much more competitive and therefore make us stronger overall as a team,” he said.
At the beginning of the 2013-2014 season, the weekend of Sept. 14 and 15 saw the sailing team performing strongly in two competitions, the Riley Cup, sponsored by Old Dominion University, and the Harry H. Anderson Trophy, sponsored by Yale University. Currently in their division, the St. Mary’s sailing team is ranked seventh.
Ward hopes that this success will continue throughout the season, leading up to the national championship in the spring, which St. Mary’s will be hosting. “We hope to qualify for [the national championship] and contend like we did last year,” Ward said.
Wallace echoes Ward’s optimism. “We hope to improve on our results from last year and continue to improve all year in order to peak at the national championships in the spring,” he said.