Monday, 11/05/2012 11:19 am
The top 18 men and 18 women singlehanded college sailors from around the country returned to the US Sailing Center – Long Beach for the third day of racing in the 2012 LaserPerformance/ICSA Singlehanded Nationals off of the Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier in Long Beach, CA.
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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For more information, please visit the United States Sailing Center – Long Beach website, www.ussclb.org or call the Sailing Center at 562-433-7939. Address: 5489 East Ocean Blvd. Long Beach 90803
Information on the University of Southern California Varsity Sailing Team can be found at: www.uscsailing.org
The Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) is the governing body of college sailing in the United States and parts of Canada. Detailed info on the ICSA can be found at: www.collegesailing.org