#2 College of Charleston’s senior and ICSA College Sailor of the Year frontrunner, Stefano Peschiera won the Laser Performance Men's Singlehanded Nationals in impressive fashion. A regatta, stacked with talent, showcased three previous champions, including Peschiera himself, who won the event as a freshman in 2014. Posting a scoreline with one race outside the top-7 positions, Peschiera walked away from the competition regardless of its strength. Mr. Peschiera finished with 50 points after 12 races, including 5 races inside the top-3. With only the Atlantic Coast Championship left to sail, Peschiera has put together a compelling campaign, winning his conference championship, A-Division at the Danmark Trophy and now the Singlehanded Nationals.
Congratulations to Stefano Peschiera (Senior, College of Charleston) and Sophia Reineke (Freshman, Boston College) who won the Men's and Women's Laser Performance Singlehanded National Championships this weekend sailed in St. Petersburg, FL.
The 2017 College Sailing Singlehanded National Championships on November 4-5 will be hosted by St. Petersburg Yacht Club and University of South Florida St. Petersburg at St. Petersburg, FL.
The top 18 men and top 18 women singlehanded college sailors have qualified, based on quotas, through the seven national conferences and will compete in provided new full rig Lasers (men) and Laser Radials (women) on Tampa Bay.
Four of the top five from the 2016 Men's Nationals have returned, with Scott Rasmussen '20 (Boston College) looking to defend the title over Gerald Williams '19 (College of Charleston),
Nicholas Baird '19 (Yale University), and Stefano Peschiera '18 (College of Charleston).
While 2016 Women's Nationals winner Erika Reineke '17 (Boston College) has graduated, the rest of the top four from last year are ready to take over from the 4-time winner. Haddon Hughes '19 (Georgetown University) had won the 2015 title, but to win again she must topple rivals Kelly-Ann Arrindell '20 (College of Charleston), Lindsey Baab '18 (Brown University), and Dana Rohde '18 (U. S. Coast Guard Academy).
At an awards ceremony following racing for the Gill Coed National Championship, the honors for the Marlow Ropes College Sailor of the Year, Robert H. Hobbs Sportsmanship Award and the Leonard M. Fowle Trophy for the Best Overall Team were presented. The names of the winners will be added to the ICSA Hall of Fame display located in the Robert Crown Center at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.