Oct. 29, 2004
Stanford, CA - With over 60 years of Stanford Sailing history, there have been numerous challenges between the UC Berkeley and Stanford Sailing Teams. This year, with Cal replacing their fleet and having a major resurgence on the Bear's intercollegiate sailing team, they have challenged Stanford to an on-the-water battle for bragging rights on the Bay.
Big Sail 2004 will be sailed Tuesday November 16th of Big Game Week at St. Francis Yacht Club, on the Marina in San Francisco. The regatta will be sailed in 30-foot J105 keelboats. The competition will be match-racing, a discipline that pits teams one-on-one against each other, using boat-handling skill and rules knowledge to finish the race ahead of their opponent. This is the same style of racing as used in the America's Cup.
The competition will be best two races out of three wins each match. In addition, three matches will be held. The first match will be for the Master's Division (alums over 40 years old). The second match is for Young Alums (alums under 40). The last match of the day will be between the current Cal and Stanford intercollegiate sailing teams.
The event is held in conjunction with St. Francis Yacht Club's monthly luncheon. The club will be open for all Stanford and Cal Alumni to eat, socialize and cheer on their team. Racing will begin after lunch, at 1:00 pm. Races will be held right in front of the clubhouse and will be easy to follow, with color-coded sails and battleflags on each boat. An awards ceremony and social hour is scheduled for after 4:00 pm.
Cardinal fans have reason to be confident; in boats both big and small, the record shows that the Stanford Cardinal has dominated the Cal Bears through the years. For more information, contact Amy Gross-Kehoe firstname.lastname@example.org.