Nov. 3, 2008
Newport Harbor, Calif. - The Stanford sailing team competed in their third Pacific Coast Championship of the fall over the weekend of November 2-3. The PCCSC Sloop Championship was hosted by University of California Irvine from the college's Newport Harbor sailing center with racing sailed in six Shields.
Competing for the Cardinal, who gained entry to the event by resume, was a young squad entirely new to this event. Sophomores Cole Hatton, Ben Pedrick, and Hayley Tobin sailed the event while alternate freshman Oliver Riihiluoma was ready and waiting, watching in the coach-boat with Head Coach John Vandemoer.
While the threesome of sophomores had never sailed together in a Shields boat before, they all have backgrounds of racing bigger boats that are similar in style. In fact, Pedrick spent some time this summer sailing in a series raced in Shields in his hometown of Newport, RI. Tobin and Hatton also both sailed sloops a few times over the summer, as opposed to focusing merely on the dinghies that make up most of college sailing.
With Hatton skippering the Cardinal entry, the team began the regatta with a slow start, recording a sixth in the first race. Head Coach Vandemoer spoke highly of the team, noting that they "learned very quickly, and really adjusted to the boat well." In the remainder of the one-day event, the threesome notched a first, a second, and three third place finishes. At the end of the six race regatta, Stanford was in a tie for second, one point behind the winning team from USC. While the team was disappointed, they knew that with some more practice they will no doubt be better prepared for the event next year.
The next competition for the Stanford sailing team is the Women's Fall Pacific Coast Championships and the Freshmen Intersectional both to be held this coming weekend, November 8-9. Be sure to check back fall championship results as the fall season comes to an end.