The top 18 men and 18 women singlehanded college sailors from around the country descended upon sunny Southern California and started sailing today in the 2012 LaserPerformance Sailboats/ Intercollegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) Singlehanded Nationals off of the Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier in Long Beach, CA.
After a brief delay waiting for wind racing got underway in a nice southerly sea breeze ranging from 4 to 10 knots. Erika Reineke of Boston College and Chris Barnard of Georgetown Sailing got off to a quick start and are leading the regatta after 6 races.
“I’m pretty stoked about it (the regatta),” said Reineke. “Avoid the big mistakes and tacking advantage of the bigger shifts has been the key to doing well. “
When asked about sailing back in Southern California, Chris Barnard said, “It’s great to be back sailing on my home waters in the sunny weather. My boat speed has been a big advantage and I’ve also avoided having any big mistakes.”
Still the racing is very close with Juan Maegli of the College of Charleston only 2 points behind Barnard. Meanwhile, Reineke has a larger lead of 12 points over 2nd place Lauren Cefali of the Coast Guard Academy.
The women, sailing Laser Radials, are competing for the Janet Lutz Trophy. The men, sailing Laser Full Rigs, are competing for the Glen S. Foster Trophy. Each sailor has earned a spot by qualifying at championship regattas in their respective conferences.
The winners of each fleet will be invited to compete for the US SAILING O’Day Trophy which is the National Singlehanded Championship for all sailors in the United States.
Event Chairperson, Mike Segerblom said, “It is great to see all of the Southern California natives return here to sail for this championship. We are expecting another great day of racing tomorrow.”
After a brief delay waiting for wind racing got underway in a nice westerly sea breeze ranging from 4 to 10 knots. “The breeze came up a little earlier today allowing for great racing. With excellent conditions we were able to complete 8 races today and have 2 races to be sailed on Sunday,” said regatta chairperson Mike Segerblom.
Erika Reineke of Boston College continued to sail with speed and break away from the fleet over the course of the day. After 16 races Reineke clinched the regatta by having a 46 point lead, taking home the Janet Lutz Trophy. The competition from the rest of podium places is very close with Mayumi Roller of St. Mary’s College is in 2nd with 69 points and Claire Dennis of Yale College is in 3rd with 97 points in the women’s fleet.
“It’s been really fun,” said Reineke. “I had good starts and sailed well.”
Meanwhile, the competition between Southern California native sailing for Georgetown, Chirs Barnard and Guatemalan sailing for Charlestion, Juan Maegli continued to heat up throughout the day in the men’s division. After eight more races Maegli took a commanding lead of 17 points, overtaking Barnard, inching closer to winning the Glen S. Foster Trophy. Still there is a protest pending and the result of the protest will change the results.
“There have been great conditions. I focused on having really good starts and staying in the front of the fleet,” said Maegli.
After a delay waiting for wind, racing got underway in a nice westerly sea breeze ranging from 4 to 10 knots and Juan Maegli sailing for the College of Charleston went into the day with a plan, “It was my goal to stay away from the fleet and protect my lead. Fortunately, my plan worked and I got a big lead during the first race of the day.”
Maegli clinched the regatta after the first race of the day and enjoyed a stress free second race knowing he had just won the national championship, but this is not the final stop for him. “I’m off to Peru next week to sail in a training regatta for the Guatamalan Olympic team.” Maegli finished 7th in the 2012 Olympic Games and plans to campaign to sail again in the 2016 Games.
Meanwhile, Erika Reineke of Boston College continued to sail with speed and broke away from the fleet over the course of the day. She won the regatta yesterday, but continued to show her skill today.
Everyone in attendance enjoyed the event, especially the native Southern Californian’s. Nevin Snow, of San Diego and sailing for Georgetown, said, “It’s great to be back in Southern California. The weather is way better here and I’ve been sailing well.” He finished his first collegiate national championship regatta tied for 7th with another freshman San Diegan, Olin Paine sailing for Fordham.
“The breeze was much better than predicted for today. The offshore breeze provided some challenges and as a result we decided to move the course further out to sea for the last race of the regatta.” said regatta chairperson Mike Segerblom.
Maegli and Reineke will be invited to compete for the US Sailing O’Day Trophy which is the National Singlehanded Championship for all sailors in the United States. The event is hosted and organized by the United States Sailing Center-Long Beach and the University of Southern California Varsity Sailing Team.
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|College of Charleston
|Juan Maegli '13
|Chris Barnard '13
|Kieran Chung '15
|Cam Cullman '13
|Colin Smith '13
|Oliver Toole '14
|Olin Paine '16
|Nevin Snow '16
|University of South Florida
|Christopher Stocke '15
|Carson Crain '16
|University of Florida
|William Heausler '13
|Lucas Adams '15
|University of Vermont
|Michael Zonnenberg '15
|St. Mary's College of Maryland
|John Wallace '14
|University of Wisconsin
|Andrew Fox '13
|Texas A&M University at Galveston
|Trey Hartman '15
|University of Oregon
|Philip Gordon '12
|University of Minnesota
|Chris Loew-Blosser '14
The following chart shows the relative rank of the teams as of the race indicated. Note that the races are ordered by number, then division, which may not represent the order in which the races were actually sailed.
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