GALVESTON, Texas—Coast Guard junior Dana Rohde finished fifth at the 2016 ICSA Women's Singlehanded National Championship in Galveston, TX. This marks Rohde's second time finishing within the top-5 among the best singlehanded sailors in the country.
Eighteen sailors, each who had previously qualified at their respective conference championships, were treated to superb conditions on day one of the national event. The racing area on Offatts Bayou offered flat water and shifty conditions in an 8-12 knot easterly wind. Sailing the Laser Radial, the same equipment used for the women's singlehanded division at the Olympics, competitors had to use a combination of speed and smarts to put together quality races.
Rohde sailed well in the morning, putting a string of top-8 finishes together that positioned her within the top of the leaderboard. She suffered her first double-digit finish in race 6, however, leaving her with some work to do in the remaining races. She rebounded with all top-6 finishes, including a third in race nine and a second in race ten, to finish the day.
Going into the final day, Rohde was only seven points outside of the top-3, with momentum on her side. Four races remained in the fourteen-race series. Despite a strong finish to the regatta, Rohde was unable to put enough points between herself and the competition ahead of her. She was, however, able to hold off a strong surge by several sailors behind her and held onto fifth place overall with 92 points.
Boston College's Erika Reineke won the event for the fourth straight year with 31 points. Kelly-Ann Arrindell of College of Charleston was second with 70 points. Lindsay Baab of Brown University also finished with 70 points but lost the tie breaker to Arrindell.
"This weekend had great conditions that made for a challenging and competitive championship," commented Rohde. "The shifty wind and talent of all the competitors caused the need to be focused at all times. I'm excited to use all that I learned this weekend in this upcoming weekend's fall championship."
Rohde, along with the rest of the women's sailing team, will travel to the College of Charleston for the Women's Atlantic Coast Championship. That and the Coed Atlantic Coast Championship at MIT are the culminating events of the fall season.