Charleston Takes the Lead in the Men’s and Boston College Wins Women’s Intercollegiate Sailing Championships at the Belmont Pier

Saturday, 11/03/2012 9:03 pm

The top 18 men and 18 women singlehanded college sailors from around the country returned to the US Sailing Center – Long Beach for the second day of racing in the 2012 LaserPerformance/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 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.

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.

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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