Nov. 12, 2008
New London, Conn.- The Cardinal sent a team of freshmen sailors to the second annual Freshmen Intersectional Regatta hosted this year by Connecticut College in New London, CT. For the young team, this would be their only chance in their entire sailing careers to race in a fleet made up of solely their classmates. The Cardinal squad would most importantly have a chance to experience the rigors of traveling to the east coast for a regatta weekend.
Traveling to the event for Stanford was Justin Doane, Nick Dugdale, Laura Lilly, Grace Porter, and Carolyn Prioleau. Starting in A division was Doane and Porter, while Dugdale and Lilly sailed B-division in the traditional two races on, two races off college sailing regatta format. Doane and Porter started the Card off right, and after a complete set of both divisions, the team found themselves in second place overall. The conditions were difficult, as Connecticut College's home waters, the Thames River, delivered inconsistent winds from a wide range of directions and velocities. Prioleau skippered one set for the Card in A-division on Saturday, after which the team was in sixth place overall.
Sunday's racing brought more tricky conditions, with current moving across the course and the wind most easily described by Assistant Coach Erik Storck as "consistently inconsistent." Nevertheless, the Card had a standout day, improving all the way up to third overall in the twelve-team fleet. The combination of Doane, Porter, and Prioleau finished 9th in A-division. Dugdale and Lilly sailed an excellent series in B-division, and along with Porter who crewed the final two races, they managed to win on a tiebreaker over the home team.
The next competition for the Stanford Sailing Team is the North-South Pacific Coast Sailing Conference Fall Championship to be hosted by UC Santa Barbara this coming weekend. Stay tuned to www.gotanford.com for news, results, and schedules for all sailing events as the fall season comes to a close.