April 28, 2004
Redwood City - With four of eleven teams ranked in the top 20 of
Sailing World's college sailing rankings, this weekend's battle for
berths to the Intercollegiate National Sailing Championships will be
fierce. Stanford is hosting the Pacific Coast Championships for both
Team Racing and Fleet Racing this weekend.
Last weekend, the Cardinal Women upset USC to earn the second berth
to Women's NA's. U Hawaii took first. Competition between the three
school's coed teams promises to be heated this weekend.
The Team Race PCC's will be held in Redwood City Basin, withing
viewing distance from the Stanford Boathouse. Team racing features
fast, action packed races where three boats from one team use
boathandling, rules and strategy to finish ahead of three boats from
another team. Color-coded sails distinguish one team from the other.
In previous eliminations, 6 teams qualified to compete in this year's
event: Stanford, Cal, USC, UC Irvine, UC Santa Barbara, U Hawaii.
Two of these teams will earn berths to the ICSA North Americans, to
be held May 30-June 1 at Cascade Locks Oregon.
Dinghy Fleet Race PCC's will be held Saturday and Sunday in South San
Francisco Bay. Competitors will launch from the Stanford Boathouse.
Spectators will be ferried out on Spectator boats. The event consists
of two boats from each school competing in a double round robin of
races. Scores from the A & B Divisions are added together to
determine the low-point winner. After the two days of racing, the top
two teams will earn berths to the ICSA Dinghy North Americans June
2-4 at Cascade Locks, Oregon. Competing teams: 10th ranked Stanford,
4th ranked USC, 13th ranked U Hawaii, 11th ranked UC Irvine, Cal, UC
Santa Cruz, UC Santa Barbara, Cal Poly, CSU Monterey Bay, UC San
Diego, Orange Coast College.
For more information call the Sailing Office at 650-725-0745.