The College Sailing Women’s National Championship finals hosted at Tulane University got underway on May 25 with A Division in 420s and B Division in FJs. Competitors saw a range of conditions with breeze coming from the Southeast at 3-15 knots. Two races in A Division and one Race in B Division were completed until racing was halted for about four hours due to thunderstorms. Eventually, the storms cleared and four races in both divisions were completed by the end of day one.
Leading the regatta after the first day was Yale University with a total of 30 points. Harvard University sat in second place with 36 points. Stanford University was third with a total of 47 points. At the conclusion of Saturday’s races, Emma Kaneti ‘22, Marleigh Belsley ‘24 and Alexandra Dorofeev ‘25 of Harvard University led A Division with a total of 13 points. Sophia Reineke ‘22, Laura Ferraris ‘22 and Sara Schumann ‘25 of Boston College trailed them in second with a total of 18 points. Michelle Lahrkamp ‘23, Grace Austin ‘24 and Sammy Pickell ‘22 of Stanford University were tied for second place with 18 points as well.
“This morning was super breezy so we tried to stay flat and sail fast to the pressure,” said Harvard’s Emma Kaneti ‘22, recapping the day on the water. “Marleigh, my crew, did an awesome job hiking hard; we’re glad all the heavy wind practice this season came into use! The lighter wind in the afternoon was tricky.”
Emma Cowles ‘25, Mia Nicolosi ‘25, Ximena Escobar ‘25 and Anisha Arcot ‘23 of Yale University led B Division with 9 points. Caroline Bayless ‘23, Madeleine McGrath ‘22 and Julia Reynolds trailed them in second place with 23 points. Marbella Marlo ‘24, Sarah Burn ‘24, Corinne Lee ‘23 and Juliana Ruggieri ‘23 were tied for second place with a total of 23 points as well.
“There were a lot of ups and downs today so it was crucial to be flexible,” said Caroline Bayless ‘23 of Brown University. “Also, with so much time on land it was important to mentally check back in every 30 minutes.”
Bayless’ crew, Madeleine McGrath ‘22 said, “As usual, sailing with your head out of the boat was key. Today was fairly shifty so if we played the shifts well and had good boat speed and fleet management we’d be pretty successful.
Racing on the following day came with the breeze from the east/northeast. Winds ranged around 3-10 knots. A Division sailed FJs and B Division sailed 420s. Boston College was able to secure the regatta win with a total of 114 points. Yale was second with a total of 116 points and Stanford completed the podium with 120 points.
Greg Wilkinson, Head Coach of Boston College stated, “I’m just proud of our team. And I’m especially happy for our seniors. They graduated on Monday and now they’re National Champions. So happy for them.”
Sophia Reineke ‘22, Laura Ferraris ‘22 and Sara Schumann ‘25 of Boston College won A Division with a total of 45 points. Michelle Lahrkamp ‘23, Grace Austin ‘24 and Sammy Pickell ‘22 of Stanford finished second with a total of 57 points. Emma Kaneti ‘22, Marleigh Belsley ‘24 and Alexandra Dorofeev ‘25 of Harvard University were third with 63 points.
“Sophia and I went into the last race only to complete the goals we previously made for the regatta,” said Sara Schumann ‘25 of Boston College. “We knew that by completing our goals we’d be happy with our racing regardless of the outcome of the scores. Super stoked to experience a national championship and to get the job done with an amazing group of women.”
Emma Cowles ‘25, Mia Nicolosi ‘25, Ximena Escobar ‘25 and Anisha Arcot ‘23 of Yale topped the B Division with a total of 41 points. Following them were Hallie Schiffman ‘23, Stephanie Houck ‘21, Hannah Freeman ‘24, Gwendolyn Donahue ‘24, Abigail Tindall ‘23 and Patrica Gerli ‘23 of Stanford and they finished with 62 points. Rounding out the top three were Lilly Myers ‘23, Bridget Green ‘25, Jana Laurendeau ‘23, and Gabbi DelBello ‘23 of Cornell University, finishing with 68 points.
- Boston College
- Yale University
- Stanford University
- Harvard University
- Brown University
- Tulane University
- United States Naval Academy
- Cornell University
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- Bowdoin College
- Dartmouth College
- Jacksonville University
- University of Pennsylvania
- Georgetown University
- United States Coast Guard Academy
- St. Mary’s College of Maryland
- College of Charleston
- Tufts University