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Marshall, Sakellaris win College Singlehanded Nationals

Published on November 4th, 2018

The top 18 men and 18 women singlehanded sailors in the USA came together at the 2018 LaserPerformance Men’s and Women’s College Singlehanded National Championships, held November 3-4 in Holland, MI.

Topping the fleets were Henry Marshall (Auburndale, Mass.), a freshman at Harvard University winning the Men’s Championship and Christina Sakellaris (Milton, Mass.), a sophomore at Stanford University winning the Women’s Championship.

The conditions for the first day of racing were about 6 to 8 knots of wind from the East Northeast in the morning, off shore winds and lumpy waters with temperatures in the 40s. The wind switched to a West Northwest direction and picked up to about 8 to 14 knots with big swells on Lake Michigan. Eight races were completed for the men and women on windward leeward courses with four legs.

The second day was another cool day in the 40s. The winds were steady from the South East with puffs and ranging from 10 to 20 knots. Courses were all windward leeward with four legs this time sailing on Lake Macatawa. The competitors completed six races today finishing up the event with 14 races total around 2 p.m.

Marshall is the winner of the Glen S. Foster Trophy, awarded to the first place finisher. This is his first collegiate national championship and it’s the first time in 15 years that Harvard has won the Men’s Singlehanded Nationals.

“It was a great weekend of hard fought sailing,” says Marshall, “We saw a little bit of everything on the water. I’m happy to be heading home with a title and I’m super grateful to everyone who helped me, especially for the support of my teammates and, above all, my family.”

Marshall led the event all weekend and finished with 40 points, 31 points ahead of second place.

Leo Boucher, from St. Mary’s College of Maryland placed second and received the George Griswold Trophy. This is the first time that St. Mary’s has placed in the top two at this event. He finished with 71 points only two points ahead of Thomas McCann in third place, from Georgetown University.

Sakellaris is the winner of the Janet Lutz Trophy, awarded to the first place finisher. She finished the regatta with 60 points only one point ahead of second place.

“I am very proud and excited for Christina and our whole team,” says John Vandemoer, head coach for Stanford. “Christina knew the conditions were going to be all over the map with two race courses and an extreme forecast. She executed a game plan of keeping herself in every race knowing the consistent conservative sailing would win the event.”

Charlotte Rose from Jacksonville University finished in second place with 61 points. Sophia Reineke from Boston College, who won this event last year, finished in third place with 69 points.

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Men’s, Final Results (14 races):
1. Henry Marshall ’22, Harvard University, 40
2. Leo Boucher ’22, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, 71
3. Thomas McCann ’22, Georgetown University, 73
4. Nicholas Baird ’19, Yale University, 75
5. Patrick Shanahan ’19, Brown University, 84
6. Scott Rasmussen ’20, Boston College, 88
7. Gerald Williams ’19, College of Charleston, 92
8. Carson Pearce ’21, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Kings Point, 131
9. Charles Carraway ’22, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, 137
10. Upamanyu Dutta ’20, University of Southern California, 141
11. Malcolm Benn Smith ’21, College of Charleston, 144
12. Jack Gower ’20, Jacksonville University, 156
13. Vir Menon ’20, Christopher Newport University, 165
14. John Hanna ’19, Texas A&M University at Galveston, 166
15. John Kirkpatrick ’22, Stanford University, 184
16. Michael Levy ’19, Oregon State University, 186
17. Korbin Kierstead ’19, University of Wisconsin, 215
18. Bobby Sessions ’20, Marquette University, 242

Women’s, Final Results (14 races):
1. Christina Sakellaris ’21, Stanford University, 60
2. Charlotte Rose ’22, Jacksonville University, 61
3. Sophia Reineke ’21, Boston College, 69
4. Hannah Steadman ’20, Brown University, 79
5. Carly Broussard ’21, Georgetown University, 83
6. Lenox Butcher ’20, University of Pennsylvania, 95
7. Isabella Loosbrock ’19, Boston College, 99
8. Kelly-Ann Arrindell ’20, College of Charleston, 103
9. Riley Legault ’19, George Washington University, 115
10. Jessica McJones ’20, U.S. Naval Academy, 126
11. Louisa Nordstrom ’20, Yale University, 128
12. Sophia Sole ’21, Stanford University, 137
13. Abbie Carlson ’22, Tufts University, 148
14. Ciara Rodriguez-Horan ’22, Tulane University, 184
15. AnaLucia Clarkson ’22, Connecticut College, 199
16. Cailin Considine ’19. University of Wisconsin, 234
17. Rachel Rantanen ’19, Michigan State, 235
18. Gabrielle Savage ’18, British Columbia, 245

Background: The Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) is the governing authority for sailing competition at colleges and universities throughout the United States and in some parts of Canada. There are seven Conferences that schedule and administer regattas within their established geographic regions, with ICSA hosting two national championships in the fall (singlehanded, match racing) and three national championships in the spring (team, women’s, coed). collegesailing.org

Source: Jen Vandemoer Mitchell

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