HOLLAND, MICH. – Freshman Abbie Carlson of the Tufts University sailing team finished 13th out of 18 competitors at the 2018 Intercollegiate Sailing Association Women's Single-handed Nationals which finished up on Sunday.
Carlson was 11th with a 76 score after the first eight races of the championship were contested on Saturday. In six more races on Sunday, she posted finishes of 13th, 13th, 10th, 12th, 12th and 12th to finish with a final score of 148 for the 14 total races.
The Jumbo freshman was 11 points out of 12th place where sophomore Sophia Sole from Stanford scored 137. Freshman Ciara Rodriguez-Horan of Tulane was well behind Carlton in 14th with a 184 score.
Stanford sophomore Christina Sakellaris won the 2018 women's national single-handed championship by the narrowest of margins. Her 60 score was one in front of runner-up Charlotte Rose, a freshman from Jacksonville who scored 61.
Day 1 had seen a light NE breeze that built into a steady 8-12 from the NW. Sailors were treated to some big wave Lake Michigan sailing and eight races were completed in swell.
Day 2 brought puffy conditions and the race committee took pity on everyone and sailed inside Macatawa Bay. Flat water was great and the wind was 10-20 knots from the SE. Six races were completed.
Carlson had qualified for Nationals by placing fourth out of 11 sailors at the New England Single-handed Championship earlier this season, with the top five moving on to the national championship.