Nov. 14, 2008
Mission Bay, Calif.-The 2008 PCCSC Women's Fall Championships were hosted this past weekend, November 8-9 by UC Irvine and UC San Diego. Sailed out of Mission Bay YC on Mission Bay, the weather on Saturday brought light to moderate winds and flat water wave conditions, which is typical weather for southern California this time of year on the small bay. On Sunday the weather was a different story: with winds ranging from 18-24 knots, many boats had trouble staying upright, and it was obvious to discern those with experience in the strong winds.
At the end of racing on Saturday, the Stanford women's team found themselves on top of the fleet with six races completed in A-division and five races completed in B-division. However, with merely a three point lead, the Cardinal left the door wide open with the next three teams in the standings within striking distance. With no throw outs, and multiple short-course races, the collegiate game is one of consistency in finishes, and every good college sailor knows that you cannot win the regatta on Saturday alone, but you can certainly lose it.
On Sunday, the team took advantage of the big breezes and slammed the door shut, once again defended their title as the Pacific Coast Conference powerhouse. Winning by a combined 21 points over ten races sailed in each division, the team never scored worse than a fourth place, and took first in six races. The team was especially proud of their "Cardinal Sunday," in which they improved upon Saturday's results and extended their lead, finishing the regatta with a win the final race of each division.
Sailing for the team was Taylor Grimes `09 skippering in A-division, with both Kelly McKenna `09 and Hayley Tobin '11 trading off on crew responsibilities. In B-division, skipper Hannah Burroughs '11 teamed up with Catherine Cu '09 to overcome a broken mast that crumbled in the big breeze of race seven and take the winning spot overall.
Final overall standings:
1. Stanford University
2. University of Hawaii
3. University of Southern California
4. UC Los Angeles
5. UC Irvine
6. UC Santa Barbara
7. UC San Diego
8. California Maritime Academy
9. CSU Monterey Bay
10. Chapman University
Up next is the North/South PCCSC Fall Championships hosted by UC Santa Barbara, in which the team will face the best coed teams from around the conference, as well as a couple east coast schools looking forward to take part of the west coast action in the warmer weather. Find all the news and updates here at GoStanford.com!