May 22, 2009
Stanford Sailing To Host Nationals
The ICSA National Sailing Championships are coming to the Bay Area from May 25 through June 3. Stanford will host both the ICSA Women's Championships from May 25-27 and the Coed Dinghy Championships from June 1-3. Both events will take place at St. Francis Yacht Club. California will host the ICSA Team Racing Championships from May 29-31 from the Treasure Island Sailing Center. The events will be a gathering of the top collegiate sailors from around the nation competing for the right to be called national champions.
The Class of the PCCSC
The Cardinal established themsevles as the top team on the West Coast by dominating the Pacific Coast Collegiate Sailing Conference in 2008-09. In the team race, the Cardinal dropped their first race before winning 14 in a row on their way to the title. Stanford placed third in the Coed Dinghy Championships, but still adavanced to the National semifinals. Finally, the Stanford women dominated the Women's PCCSC Championships with eight wins, led by five from skipper Taylor Grimes and crew Carolyn Prioleau. In addition, Cardinal sailors Hannah Burroughs, Nick Dugdale, Taylor Grimes, Cole Hatton, Kelly McKenna, and Hayley Tobin were elected to the All-Pacific Coast College Sailing Conference Team for 2009. The six sailors were elected in a voting process in which each team in the conference could nominate up to ten sailors in each category; coed skipper, women's skipper, and crew. After all votes were tallied eight coed skippers, seven women's skippers, and seven crews were named to the team. Stanford accounted for a conference-leading six of twenty-two honorees.
Stanford last hosted the collegiate nationals in 1988 when the Richmond Yacht Club co-hosted the Inter-Collegiate Yacht Racing Association (ICYRA) nationals with Stanford. Stanford finished sixth in the coed dinghy fleet, and members of that year's squad included: Robert Brown, Dan Buckstaff, Kathleen Mallery Buckstaff, Drew Gashler, Kevin Hagan, Tom Kuhnle, and Rita Snape. Also sailing that year was would-be Stanford Sailing head coach Steve Bourdow, representing his undergraduate alma mater, Tulane. The last PCCSC school to host nationals was the University of Hawai'i in Honolulu in 2002.
A Look Back at Stanford at Nationals
2008 Newport, RI (4th Women's, 7th Team Racing, 13th Coed) 2007 Annapolis, MD (3rd Women's, 12th Coed) 2006 Charleston, SC (4th Women's, 8th Team Racing, 11th Coed) 2005 Austin, TX (7th Women's) 2004 Cascade Locks, OR (7th Women's, 10th Coed)
Coach John Vandemoer in his First Season at Stanford
Head Coach John Vandemoer enters his first year at Stanford to begin a new era of Stanford sailing as he takes the reins from Coach Jay Kehoe who coached the team from 2000-2008. Before coming to Stanford, Vandemoer was head coach at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. He led the Midshipman to three national championship appearances in spring '07, and ended the season with both the women's and coed teams ranked in the top 10 in the country. He began collegiate coaching at St. Mary's College of Maryland, where as an assistant coach he worked with All-American sailors and helped form teams in contention for national titles.