Sept. 30, 2008
San Diego, Calif. - The Cardinal sailors had two championships over the long weekend, and they walked away with both, asserting their dominance of the Pacific Coast College Sailing Conference once again.
University of California San Diego hosted the women's Singlehanded PCC's at Mission Bay Yacht Club on Friday. Stanford sent senior Taylor Grimes, sophomore Hannah Burroughs, and freshman Carolyn Prioleau to the national qualifier. Competing in varying wind conditions throughout the day, the lady Card sailors remained consistent. Over twelve races held in a four to ten knot breeze, the women managed to avoid finishes in the bottom half of the twelve boat fleet. At the end of the day, Grimes had won the first championship of the season, with Prioleau placing in second and securing the final qualifying spot for the singlehanded national championships to be held at Cornell the weekend of October 24-26. Burroughs sailed a strong regatta to finish fifth overall.
Taking advantage of the strong start provided by the women's team, the Stanford coed team sent five sailors to the men's singlehanded PCC's also hosted by UCSD out of MBYC over the weekend. Senior T.J. Tullo, sophomore Cole Hatton, and freshmen Oliver Riihiluoma, Nick Dugdale, and Justin Doane competed in the 25-boat fleet. The conditions were similar to what the women saw on Friday. The men's regatta had 25 races over two days before the championship came to a close Sunday afternoon. In the end, Stanford came away with another championship; this time Tullo avoided major pitfalls to earn the victory and the first of two qualifying spots for nationals. Dugdale sailed a very impressive first college championship to finish fourth, merely missing out on going to nationals. Doane finished 8th, Hatton 10th, and Riihiluoma 19th, showing the depth of the Stanford squad.
The team will look to build on this momentum throughout the fall season, most especially at the next Pacific Coast Championship to be held in sloops, or keelboats. For now, the Cardinal can look forward to competing in their first national championship for the year October 24-26 at Cornell University. Grimes, Prioleau, and Tullo will all be vying for top honors.