Stanford Repeats Win At Rose Bowl
Jan. 5, 2004
LONG BEACH, Calif. - Stanford didn't need a BCS computer to get the best ofUSC and 18 other college sailing teams in the 15th annual Rose BowlRegatta, hosted by USC at the Alamitos Bay Yacht Club in Long BeachSaturday and Sunday. Stanford won this event in '03, and was notnecessarily going for a repeat this year, 'I just hoped to do well with ouryoung team,' explained Coach Jay Kehoe. The Rose Bowl Regatta is the firstevent of college sailing's spring season, leading up to the nationalchampionships held in June.
Sophomore Brian Haines, with freshman Caroline Young as crew, sailedStanford's 'A' boat to three wins in eight races to lead a combined A and Bvictory by six points over the Trojans, who suffered in the two light-airraces Sunday. Schools from Hawaii to the East Coast were represented in thelargest combined college and high school regatta in the nation.
Freshmen Emery Wager and crew Becca Levin competed in B Division for theCardinal. Competing in their first major intersectional regatta together,the duo improved with each race to earn 6th overall in B Division.
Teams were split into A and B divisions all sailing Collegiate FJ dinghies.There was plenty of wind the first day, following a full day of rainFriday, but not enough Sunday to complete the 15 scheduled rounds.
The races were run on the protected inner bay, where the harbormaster'sheadquarters flew a red Small Craft Advisory flag all the first day as achilling northeasterly wind of 15 knots gusting to 20 whistled through therigging of the little boats. Capsizes were common, and the sailors soonlearned that the 57-degree water was as cold as the breeze.
Sunday remained cool but with no wind. While competitors digested breakfastburritos from the ABYC snack bar, the boats remained beached for more thantwo hours before a bright sun got enough air moving to run just a fewraces.
Haines, the son of Robbie Haines, a world-class ocean racer from San Diego,and Young, from Florida, had sailed only one other event together anddidn't do well.
'Communication is the best thing we had going,' Young said.
'And boat handling was our weakness,' Haines said. 'We're one of theheavier boats out there, but near the end we knew we had to beat [USC].'
Sailing for Stanford's Women's team, seniors Liz Shearer and crew MargiaCorner sailed A Division while senior Ashley Frush and junior Julie Pittscompeted in B Division. They finished 14th overall and second women'steam.
Top-ranked Harvard did not compete but second-ranked Dartmouth was third,three points behind USC and one ahead of Washington College of Maryland.
Complete results and photos will be posted at www.abyc.org
Rich Roberts with Amy Gross-Kehoe
Rose Bowl Regatta Final ResultsPos Team A B Total1 Stanford University 28 59 872 U of Southern Calif 51 42 933 Dartmouth College 46 50 964 Washington College 51 46 975 Georgetown University 45 59 1046 U of Rhode Island 85 32 1177 UC Irvine 53 68 1218 U of Hawaii 71 51 1229 U.S. Naval Academy 60 71 13110 UC Santa Barbara 71 75 14611 UC Berkeley 102 81 18312 Orange Coast College 86 99 18513 UC Santa Barb - Women 100 89 18914 Stanford Univ- Women 101 94 19515 U of Hawaii- Women 93 110 20316 U of Washington 119 103 22217 UC San Diego 124 108 23218 Cal Maritime Academy 101 156 25719 UC Los Angeles 136 151 28720 U of Washington-Women 158 136 294
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