The 2013-14 Washington College sailing team exceeded tempered expectations. First-year head coach Conner Blouin '10 took over the reins of a program with no seniors in early September - a program which had missed out on qualifying for the ICSA/Gill Co-Ed National Championship first round for the first time since 2007. By spring, Blouin had the team right back where it belonged.
The 2013-14 intercollegiate sailing season begins this weekend and Washington College will embark on the campaign with a familiar face as its new head coach. Conner Blouin, a two-time All-America honorable mention skipper and 2010 graduate of the school, was hired on as the team's head coach just last week. He will guide a team which will open the fall with seven returning sailors on its roster.
Five members of a British University Sailing Association (BUSA) All-Star team on a month-long tour of the United States are practining today, tomorrow, and Wednesday with the Washington College sailing team.
Conner Blouin, a 2010 Washington College graduate and two-time All-America honorable mention, finished third in the CORK Olympic Classes Regatta (OCR) Laser Radials event last month in Kingston, Ontario. Washington freshman sailor Ryan Bailey was 30th in the CORK OCR Lasers.
After four consecutive berths in the Intercollegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) Co-Ed Dinghy National Semifinals, the Washington College sailing team returns a great deal of collegiate experience and welcomes perhaps its deepest-ever recruiting class.
The Washington College Student Events Board is sponsoring a "Flock Out" this Saturday, April 2nd, as all nine Washington College varsity spring sports will be competing at home. A tailgate will be held on the Hodson green from 4:30 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.