The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Rainbow Wahine sailing team claimed its first trophy of the season by winning the Jeff Simon Women’s Regatta, hosted January 28–29, by the University of California, San Diego. It marked the second-straight year that the Rainbow Wahine captured the regatta.
UH entered two teams against a field of seven other schools. UH’s top squad of Mercy Tangredi, Taylor Ledgerwood, Vivian Bonsager and Sophia Shaeffer tallied a regatta low 22 points, winning a tie-breaker over University of California, Santa Barbara, which also had 22 over the two-day event. The B division sailors of Bonsager (skipper) and Shaeffer (crew) were flawless over the weekend, placing first in all five of its races.
UH’s second team of Morgan Carew, Anna Kalabukhova, Katherine Shofran and Lily Simpson also had a solid weekend, placing third (27), well ahead of its nearest competitor UC San Diego (43). A division sailors Carew (skipper) and Kalabukhoava (crew) finished in the top two in four of five races.