Hawkins had no prior sailing experience before coming to USNA. As a member of JVOST he trimmed jib and spinnaker aboard the colgate 26 Columbia, competing in the Fall Invitational Keelboat regatta. As a member of the Varsity team he served as mast and sewer aboard the Swan 56 Apollo, competing in the Marblehead to Halifax Ocean Race, Edgartown Race Week, and the Around Martha's vineyard race. In the Fall of 3/C year he worked as the bowman aboard J-105 Allegiance under skipper Paige Krumwiede, competing in numerous regattas in Annapolis. Majoring in computer science & computer engineering.