Bears Win Danmark Trophy, Rohde Advances to Nationals

Bears Win Danmark Trophy, Rohde Advances to Nationals

NEW LONDON, Conn.—The sailing team continued their successful season this past weekend, winning their home interconference regatta, the Danmark Trophy. At the New England Women's Singlehanded Championship, Dana Rohde finished second and will move on to the Women's Singlehanded National Championship.

The Danmark Trophy, first contested in 1942, is the Coast Guard Academy's annual fall interconference regatta that routinely attracts the top teams from across the country. Due to its location and position on the schedule, the Danmark is notorious for being one of the toughest events in the fall. This year, with fourteen of the eighteen teams in attendance being ranked in the top-20 in the nation, was no exception.

Ten races in each division were sailed in a northeasterly breeze that ranged from 10-25 knots during the two-day competition.

The Bears got off to a quick start in the opening set, posting only 11 points over four races, and never looked back. The team used their speed, knowledge of their home water, and quick decision making to lead the event from start to finish. While surges from local rivals Boston College, Harvard University, and Yale University kept it close at times, Coast Guard eventually opened up a lead of 26 points over the second place team.

Nikole Barnes and Andrew Britton sailed to an impressive 33-point victory in B-Division, leading the team to the overall win. They finished outside of the top-5 only once and won four of the ten races. In A-Division, Avery Fanning and Robert Turley also put together a strong series, finishing fourth in A-Division with 61 points and multiple top-5 finishes.

The Bears won the 2015 Danmark Trophy with 90 points. The home team will have their name engraved on the trophy for the first time since 1973. Boston College finished second with 116 points and Harvard was third with 132.

At the New England Women's Singlehanded Championship, wind in the range above the threshold for safe racing forced the race committee to abandon racing on Saturday making the championship a one-day event. When racing finally got underway at noon on Sunday, the wind had tapered only slightly to 18-25 knots. Competitors sailed six races in very windy conditions, but ideal for singlehanded competition.

Coast Guard's Dana Rohde finished second in a field of New England's best women's singlehanded sailors. She used consistent speed conservative boat handling to safely earn her spot to the National Championship. Madelynn Widmeier, sailing in her first championship as a college sailor, finished just two points from a qualifying position.

Lindsay Baab from Brown won the 2015 New England Championship and Isabella Loosbrock from Boston College rounded out the top three. Charlotte List from Connecticut College and Taylor Ladd from Harvard will join, Rohde, Baab, and Loosbrock at the Women's Singlehanded National Championship on November 7-8 at Old Dominion University. 

Photo Ed Pepin.