Oct. 28, 2008
Annapolis, Md. - The coed team traveled to Annapolis, MD to compete in the annual four-division regatta hosted by Navy. For their third trip to the east coast, Stanford fielded the youngest team at the twenty-team event. The Cardinal sailors certainly came out of the weekend with a better idea of what it will take to win at the top level.
Competing for Stanford were senior Kelly McKenna, sophomores Cole Hatton, Graham Todd, and Hayley Tobin, and freshmen Justin Doane and Nick Dugdale. Hatton skippered A division for the event, while Todd skippered B division. McKenna spent the entirety of the regatta crewing in FJs and Tobin in 420s in order to maximize their respective size advantages in each boat. A and B division switched between FJs and 420s after ten of twenty races. In the doublehanded divisions, the Stanford sailors had mixed results in the challenging conditions, finishing eleventh in each. In the two Laser divisions, freshmen Doane sailed the full rig C division and Dugdale sailed the radial D division. They fought hard and finished 15th and 9th respectively in the competitive fleets.
Seeing the most starts at any one regatta yet for the year, the team learned a great deal from applying Head Coach John Vandemoer's lessons. Vandemoer focused on getting the Cardinal boats to keep "their bow up to the line" on their final approach to the start, which is key in a competitive fleet.
Next up for the coed team is the Hoyt Trophy at Brown this weekend. The final test will be the North-South PCCSC Fall Championship hosted by UCSB November 15-16. The team has some time until then to refine their skills and work to come away from the fall season on a high note.