March 29, 2004
Norfolk, VA - The Stanford Cardinal sailors competed
against other top-ranked teams at the Szambecki Team Race hosted by
Old Dominion University. Glimpses of the racing were featured on
ESPN's coverage of the Women's NCAA tournament (also hosted by ODU
this past weekend). The television coverage, shown on Sunday, was
actually of Saturday's racing, which was unfortunately plaugued by
light-air conditions, causing the races to move very slowly.
Between wind delays, the Stanford team went 2-1 on Saturday, beating
2nd ranked St. Mary's of Maryland and King's Point, while earning
their only loss against 8th ranked Hobart/Wm Smith. This left the
Cardinal 2nd overall in the regatta after day 1.
Sunday's wind of 10-20 knots made for great racing. In the conclusion
of the preliminary round-robin, Stanford dominated 10th ranked
College of Charleston, UC Santa Barbara and Texas A&M. A loss to
13th ranked Old Dominion seeded Stanford 3rd in the final 6 sail-off.
In the finals, another loss to ODU and a loss to St. Mary's left the
Stanford team in 4th overall.
Team Racing is the most tactical form of sailboat racing, where three
boats from one team use boathandling, speed and rules to colectively
finish better than three boats from another team. Sailing for the
Cardinal in this 3-on-3 racing format were skippers Jen Porter, Peter
Deming, Brian Haines and Emery Wager. Crews were Taylor Clark, Liz
Shearer, Anna Vu, Caroline Young and Becca Levin.
1. Hobart/Wm Smith: 11-1
2. St. Mary's of MD: 8-4
3. Old Dominion University: 8-4
4. Stanford: 6-6
5. College of Charleston: 4-8
6. US MMA, King's Point: 3-9
7. UC Santa Barbara: 2-5
8. Texas A&M Galveston: 0-7