Feb. 4, 2013
Miami, Florida hosted North America's only regatta for the International Sailing Federation's World Cup, featuring over 300 sailors from 35 countries and serving as the qualifier for the US National Team. These same boats will be competing for a medal in Rio de Janeiro for the 2016 Olympic Games. The top two American boats in each class would qualify for the team. Among the competitors for the United States were three Eagles: Erika Reineke '16, and graduate teammates Annie Haeger '12 and Briana Provancha '12.
Reineke raced in the Laser Radial, the women's singlehanded boat and the same boat in which she won the 2012 Collegiate Women's Singlehanded National Championship. In this Laser Radial in Miami, Reineke was competing against the second largest fleet in the event and a number of Olympic athletes. Her best finishes came early, with a third place finish in the first race, fifth place in race four, and sixth place in race six. She also performed well at the close with another sixth place finish in race 14. After the 15 races, Reineke had earned 70.00 points, good for sixth place overall and the second-best American time, meriting a position on the National roster.
For now, Reineke will return to BC determined to defend their 2012 National Title. Later in the spring and during the summer, she will travel to Europe to compete in World Cup events as a member of the US Sailing Team.
After exceptional sailing careers at Boston College, including multiple National Titles, graduates Haeger and Provancha continue their success with a fifth place finish overall at the Miami World Cup and the opportunity to chase the Olympic dream. Haeger and Provancha, who had been training full-time since graduation, competed in the two-person 470 in Miami. They consistently finished among the top ten boats until Haeger suffered a dislocated kneecap while sailing in the windy conditions, causing them to sit out the final race. Despite the setback, they held on to fifth place with 90.00 points and were the lead boat representing the United States, finishing behind Brazil, two boats from China, and Austria.
Haeger will use the spring for recovery and rehab with the goal of joining Provancha and the US Team for the tour through Europe.
The World Cup of Sailing will make its way to Europe, with events in Spain, France, the Netherlands, and Italy lasting through mid-summer.