Oct. 28, 2008
San Diego, Calif. - A young Cardinal team headed south for the annual frosh/soph regatta hosted by UC San Diego and Mission Bay Yacht Club. The team would look to gain some valuable experience, especially for the two new crews racing. Sailing FJs at the shifty MBYC venue in a 23 team regatta would prove a fantastic learning process for all in attendance.
Competing in the event for the Stanford team was Hannah Burroughs '11 with Katie Jewitt '11 in A division and Oliver Riihiluoma '12 with Laura Lilly '12 in B division. Both Jewitt and Lilly have been sailing college dinghies for less than a month. Lilly got her first taste of a college regatta sailing JV the weekend prior at the Stoney Burke regatta, yet for Jewett the frosh/soph would be her introduction.
The team got a slow start to the regatta, as they generally had some of the same difficulties as their teammates across the country in Annapolis were having. Once some of their starting issues were worked out, the sailors were able to focus on the big picture and put up some better scores. Burroughs and Jewett finished 8th in A division with some major highlights including a win in the final set of the regatta. The freshmen boat in B division finished 6th, having been scored OCS in the final race to move them back from 2nd.
For the new crews, Assistant coach Erik Storck would focus primarily on "making the transitions in their boathandling through the greatly varying pressure." As the wind would fill in sporadically, it was important to focus on each move individually.