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Sailor's corner | Terry Tomalin

Tampa sailor guides Stanford to fourth overall

Evan Brown, left, and Hannah Burroughs finished third in the A division at the 2008 ICSA Women’s National Championships. Brown, the Stanford team captain, is a two-time first-team All-American.

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Evan Brown, left, and Hannah Burroughs finished third in the A division at the 2008 ICSA Women’s National Championships. Brown, the Stanford team captain, is a two-time first-team All-American.

Evan Brown, a member of Tampa's Davis Island Yacht Club, earned her third Intercollegiate Sailing Association All-American honor at the ICSA Women's National Championships in Newport, R.I., in late May.

Brown was also named to the All-Pacific Coast Collegiate Sailing Conference team for the third consecutive year. The Stanford senior and captain of her sailing team, placed third in the A division, leading the Stanford women to fourth-place overall at the ICSA event.

The school's Athletic Board also gave Brown the Pam Strathairn Award, presented each year to the female senior athlete with the best competitive attitude.

"My grandfather always told me that the best way to win a sailboat race is to keep all the other boats behind you," she said in her acceptance speech. "To me, being competitive is not about starting in the lead and staying there, but rather possessing the grit and determination to come back and fight."

Another Tampa sailor, Shannon Heausler of the College of Charleston, received an honorable mention from the ICSA.

Alinghi Update: Alinghi, defender of the 33rd America's Cup, is currently two-boat training with multihulls off Lorient, France.

Ed Baird, who got his start sailing optimist prams at the St. Petersburg Sailing Center, served as helmsman on the Swiss team and is currently training with the team overseas.

"We now need to hone our boat-handling skills, maneuvers and mark approaches by matching up to another boat," Alinghi team skipper and tactician Brad Butterworth said in a recent news release. "Having crew on both (boats) will increase our learning curve exponentially and marks the beginning of our two-boat training program towards a multihull America's Cup."

Floridians compete: Several Florida junior sailors competed this past week at the U.S. Youth Sailing Championship hosted by the San Francisco Yacht Club. The sailors, who ranged in age from 13 to 19 years old, competed in Laser, Laser Radials, 29ers, and Club 420s.

Luke Lawrence of Palm City, competing in Laser, was leading the regatta when he was penalized twice in the last three races for starting early, dropping him to a fourth-place finish. Tampa's Ian Heausler, last year's champion, ended up in 14th place in the Laser Radial, and Clearwater's Emily Billing was 22nd in Laser Radial as well.

Also competing in Laser Radials were St. Petersburg Yacht Club youth team members John Wallace (sixth), Mateo Vargas (11th) and Ian Holtzworth (32nd). Later this month, Wallace, his sister Caroline, and teammate Vargas, will compete in the Laser North Americans in San Francisco, then head to the Laser Nationals in Long Beach, Calif.

Olympic Update: Clearwater's Zach Railey, the U.S. Olympic representative in the Finn class, one of the most physically demanding single-handed boats in international competition, has been training in China and Germany in recent weeks, but he is home this week for the Fourth of July. Follow Railey's exploits online at www.zachrailey.com.

After three weeks of training in at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club, Ben Barger, a U.S. hopeful in windsurfing, is finally in China. You can follow Barger on his Web site at www.benbarger.com.

Twilight Series: After eight races, Dr. Mike Siedlecki's Tack Tick leads the Spinnaker A class in the St. Petersburg Yacht Club's Twilight race series. In Spinnaker B, the leader is Cakewalk. In the non-spinnaker class, Mike and Noah Blacker's Pulse is out in front. In the True Cruising Class, Greg Cahanin's Juju is the leader. The competition continues through Aug. 29.

Terry Tomalin can be reached at (727) 893-8808 or tomalin@sptimes.com. To submit sailing information, go to community.tampabay.com and click on the "Submit info here" link.

Tampa sailor guides Stanford to fourth overall 07/03/08 [Last modified: Thursday, July 3, 2008 4:31am]
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