Nov. 4, 2012
Long Beach, CA -
Freshman Erika Reineke came out strong at the 2012 ICSA Women's Singlehanded National Championships, winning the first three races and she never looked back. The rookie sailor won the national championship this past weekend in Long Beach California.
The Championship, sailed in Laser Radials, was contested off the Belmont Pier in Long Beach, CA and featured the top 18 Women's Singlehanded sailors in collegiate sailing.
After opening up an early lead, Reineke made a boat-handling error in race five resulting in a capsize and a fifth place finish. She was back with the lead pack in the next two races, taking second and third and she went on to win the final two races of the first day to take a commanding 23-point lead.
There were no mistakes on day two. Reineke won all eight races sailed and open up a huge lead on the field. After winning race 16 of the 18-race event, Reineke's 46-point lead was enough to clinch the 2012 ICSA Women's Singlehanded National Championship. Two more races are scheduled today, with the rest of the field sailing for second place.
This is the 12th National Championship for Boston College Sailing, having now won four Women's Singlehanded Titles; a Sloop Championship; a Match Race Championship; and two Championships each in Team Racing, Women's Dinghy, and Coed Dinghy - all in the past six academic years.