Sept. 19, 2008
Erie, Penn.- Stanford sailing's returning assistant coach, Erik Storck kept a busy sailing schedule this summer, culminating in the U.S. Team Racing National Championship on Aug. 15-17. Storck and his team, including both his brother John Storck and his sister Katy Storck, finished the regatta in third place, making them eligible for the Team Racing World Championships held early next year in Perth, Australia.
The regatta was hosted by the Erie Yacht Club. With three days of excellent weather ranging from 8-16 knots, the race committee was able to complete a total of 190 races, crowning the reigning World Champions, Team Silver Panda, as the 2008 U.S. Team Racing National Champions and winner of the Hinman Trophy. Storck's Team Tannery Loungers were beaten only by the champions and the West Kirby Hawks, one of the UK's best teams with a solid record in international competition. In order to finish in a qualifying spot, Storck's team had to fend off attacks from strong teams traveling from all over the U.S. Coach Storck cited minimizing of fundamental mistakes and ensuing penalty turns as being critical to his own boat's success that often added to his team's winning combination.
Competition for the Hinman Trophy is in a team racing format, pitting one team of three boats versus another team of three boats in a fast-paced, cutthroat, head-to-head fight of wits and skill. With all the difficulty of navigating your own boat around a tight buoy course, team racing entails an added level of complexity, requiring the smooth communication and fluid coordination of your two other boats.
Stanford Sailing is grateful to have Storck's expertise in the discipline of team racing. While the Cardinal looks to compete in just one team racing event this fall at the Jean Schenck Memorial Team Race Regatta, they will focus their efforts on team racing in the spring.