Jan. 5, 2004
LONG BEACH, Calif. - Stanford didn't need a BCS computer to get the best of USC and 18 other college sailing teams in the 15th annual Rose Bowl Regatta, hosted by USC at the Alamitos Bay Yacht Club in Long Beach Saturday and Sunday. Stanford won this event in '03, and was not necessarily going for a repeat this year, "I just hoped to do well with our young team," explained Coach Jay Kehoe. The Rose Bowl Regatta is the first event of college sailing's spring season, leading up to the national championships held in June.
Sophomore Brian Haines, with freshman Caroline Young as crew, sailed Stanford's "A" boat to three wins in eight races to lead a combined A and B victory by six points over the Trojans, who suffered in the two light-air races Sunday. Schools from Hawaii to the East Coast were represented in the largest combined college and high school regatta in the nation.
Freshmen Emery Wager and crew Becca Levin competed in B Division for the Cardinal. Competing in their first major intersectional regatta together, the duo improved with each race to earn 6th overall in B Division.
Teams were split into A and B divisions all sailing Collegiate FJ dinghies. There was plenty of wind the first day, following a full day of rain Friday, but not enough Sunday to complete the 15 scheduled rounds.
The races were run on the protected inner bay, where the harbormaster's headquarters flew a red Small Craft Advisory flag all the first day as a chilling northeasterly wind of 15 knots gusting to 20 whistled through the rigging of the little boats. Capsizes were common, and the sailors soon learned that the 57-degree water was as cold as the breeze.
Sunday remained cool but with no wind. While competitors digested breakfast burritos from the ABYC snack bar, the boats remained beached for more than two hours before a bright sun got enough air moving to run just a few races.
Haines, the son of Robbie Haines, a world-class ocean racer from San Diego, and Young, from Florida, had sailed only one other event together and didn't do well.
"Communication is the best thing we had going," Young said.
"And boat handling was our weakness," Haines said. "We're one of the heavier boats out there, but near the end we knew we had to beat [USC]."
Sailing for Stanford's Women's team, seniors Liz Shearer and crew Margia Corner sailed A Division while senior Ashley Frush and junior Julie Pitts competed in B Division. They finished 14th overall and second women's team.
Top-ranked Harvard did not compete but second-ranked Dartmouth was third, three points behind USC and one ahead of Washington College of Maryland.
Complete results and photos will be posted at www.abyc.org
Rich Roberts with Amy Gross-Kehoe
Rose Bowl Regatta Final Results Pos Team A B Total 1 Stanford University 28 59 87 2 U of Southern Calif 51 42 93 3 Dartmouth College 46 50 96 4 Washington College 51 46 97 5 Georgetown University 45 59 104 6 U of Rhode Island 85 32 117 7 UC Irvine 53 68 121 8 U of Hawaii 71 51 122 9 U.S. Naval Academy 60 71 131 10 UC Santa Barbara 71 75 146 11 UC Berkeley 102 81 183 12 Orange Coast College 86 99 185 13 UC Santa Barb - Women 100 89 189 14 Stanford Univ- Women 101 94 195 15 U of Hawaii- Women 93 110 203 16 U of Washington 119 103 222 17 UC San Diego 124 108 232 18 Cal Maritime Academy 101 156 257 19 UC Los Angeles 136 151 287 20 U of Washington-Women 158 136 294