Nov. 13, 2001
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Stanford earned 2nd overall in the annual Fall Championship Regatta hosted by UC Santa Barbara. Known as the North/South, it is the only Fall event that brings together the top contenders from both the north and south ends of the Pacific Coast district. Of the 18 teams competing, Stanford and Hawaii proved themselves to be the top dogs, and will be the ones to watch going into the 2002 Spring Season.
The Cardinal put forward a solid front line in this 4 Division Regatta. Sailing A Division, Dave Phillips '04 and crew Kara Sweeney '03 earned a solid 2nd in A Division, with 6 of 10 races in the top 3. B Division reps Peter Deming '04 and Lauren Gross '05 struggled slightly in the shifty Lake Lopez breeze and came out 3rd in B Division. Because Stanford's doublehanded talent runs so deep,Ted Conrads '03 and Amy Halvorsen '05 spent the weekend on deck, in case the sophomore skippers needed bailing out.
Sailing Lasers in the singlehanded C and D Divisions, Dave Kenny '03 and Matt Hooks '03 earned 3rd and 5th respectively. Maximum winds of 8 knots made the Laser Fleet a tough one, removing the heavy-air edge that helped Kenny win the Pacific Coast qualifiers for the singlehanded nationals earlier this fall.
"We acheived our goal," said coach Jay Kehoe, who explained that the goal was to finish top two to dominate the ranking system. A second place ranking means Stanford gets first right of refusal to invitations to all the top college regattas held around the country in the spring season. This is an important bit of strategy coming up to the three Spring National Championships for Co-ed, Women's and Team Racing.
RESULTS: 1. UHawaii (128pts), 2. Stanford (180), 3. UC Berkeley (203), 4. USC (205), 5. UC Irvine (215), 6. U Washington (232), 7. UC Santa Barbara (308), 8. UC Santa Cruz (323), 9. U Vermont (387), 10. Cal Maritime (422), 11. UC San Diego (457), 12. Cal Poly (467), 13. San Diego State (482), 14. Western Washington (580), 15. Santa Clara U (594), 16. Orange Coast College (624), 17. UCLA (640), 18. Pepperdine (726).