Hyannis, August 26, 2012: 20 boats attended the 2012 US Women’s Nationals for two and a half days of great sailing on Nantucket Sound. Instead of the typical 15-18 knot Hyannis southwest seabreeze, the fleet was treated to 3-15 knots of east to southeast breeze, along with sunshine and perfect water and air temperatures.
Carol Cronin/Kim Couranz won the event after posting a string of firsts. Cara Vavolotis/Erin Pierce struggled a bit in the light air the first day, but then turned on the consistency to finish second. A tie for third was won by San Diego sailors Aine McLean Fretwell/Aimee Heim.
Top juniors Charlie Bess/Kristen Walker, who finished fifth overall, ended the regatta with a 1,2.
The regatta was the qualifier for the women’s slot at the Western Hemisphere and Orient Championship in November 2012, hosted by Yacht Club Olivos in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Photo: Harry Levinson