Newport, RI—(11/10/13)—Christina Frost finished 3rd in dramatic fashion at the 2013 Women's College Sailing Singlehanded National Championship, winning the last race to secure the final podium position. Frost's 3rd place is Coast Guard's best performance at this event since 2008.
The 2013 Singlehanded Nationals were hosted by Brown University on Narragansett Bay in Newport, RI. Eighteen competitors from across the country who qualified out of their respective conferences sailed Laser Radials, an Olympic class boat which demands precise technique and a high level of fitness.
Racing began on Friday with a strong westerly breeze ranging from 15-20 knots, which would become the pattern for the rest of the weekend. Albeit cold, competitors and spectators were treated to ideal sailing conditions for all 18 races of the championship.
Early in the event, Frost quickly established herself as one of the favorites, finishing consistently amongst the top group. Conservative starts, superior boat speed, and smart decision-making allowed her to comfortably remain in a close group of sailors all competing for a podium position.
Going into the final race, Frost found herself in 4th place, only one point behind Brown's Sky Adams. Frost engaged on the starting line but allowed Adams to split to the favored right side of the course. Knowing she had to make up for being on the left, Frost kicked it into high gear and just barely managed to tack one boat length ahead of Adams at the first windward mark.
For the rest of the race, Frost was able to cover while Adams was looking for opportunities to pass. Despite her best effort, Adams was unable to take the lead, which Frost maintained to the finish line.
"Christ's ability to close at the end of a championship was impressive and fun to watch," commented head coach Brian Swingly. "In such a strong fleet winning any race is difficult, let alone the last one when everything's on the line."
Erika Reineke from Boston College won the Women's Singlehanded National Championship for the second year in a row with 49 points. William Smith's Arielle DeLisser was second with 69. Frost finished third with 96 points and only five races outside of the top-5.
"This is a great result, not only just for Christi but for the entire team," said Swingly. "It was a team effort to get her prepared for the event – each player has something to celebrate."
Next weekend Frost and the rest of the 13th ranked women's team will travel to Cornell for the Women's Atlantic Coast Championship.
Photos by Rob Migliaccio.