San Diego Yacht Club

Team Captain Brian Stanford gives us some insight on the San Diego team:

Please tell us a little bit about team racing at your club: We’ve been involved in team racing for a long time and SDYC has always been supportive. We’ve had sailors competing in keelboats, USTRA events, Hinmans, etc. We’re trying to grow a bit more at home though now that we have a fleet of Club owned boats and can bring team racing to a broader audience at home.

Tell us about how this year’s Baldwin Cup team came together, and why they make a good team: We’ve assembled some of the top team racers we have at the Club. Almost everyone on the team is a Baldwin Cup veteran. Everyone on the team has team raced in college and we’ve got a lot of team racing championships under our belts and need to add the Baldwin to the list!

And most importantly, what is your team’s theme song?

Skipper Mikee Anderson

Mikee AndersonWhere are you from originally and what’s your sailing background? Coronado and Seaforth Marina

How have you trained for this regatta? Studied the best way not to mess up a 4×4 team race. All I have come up with is that chaos ensues and wins in the end. As such, the 12oz curl has been a reliable replacement.

What is your usual pre-regatta ritual? Coffee

What makes a good team racer teammate? Patience

Hardest or favorite part of Team Racing? Win as a team, lose as a team

Favorite Baldwin Cup moment? British Port-Tack T-bone

Who do you think is your biggest competition? Why? The 25¢ Beers.

Why will your team win this year’s Baldwin Cup? We have a secret weapon. If I said anything, it wouldn’t be a secret. We will have to wait and see.

Crew Brian “BS” Stanford

Brian StanfordWhere are you from originally and what’s your sailing background? America’s Finest City and 1 score and 10 years ago my parents threw me in a Sabot. I didn’t like it. The next summer they did it again. I didn’t like it. The third time is apparently the charm, because round three seems to have stuck.

How have you trained for this regatta? The key to success is fender trim. I’ve been cross training in rental Duffys and working on leaving my fenders out for the duration of the ride, while setting the bottom of the fender so it just kisses the water’s surface. You can’t beat that.

What is your usual pre-regatta ritual? Typical morning ritual

What makes a good team racer teammate? Exquisite fender trim

Hardest or favorite part of Team Racing? Getting that fender trim just right. Wow, there are a lot of fender related questions this year!

Favorite Baldwin Cup moment? Always fun to see old friends.

Who do you think is your biggest competition? Why? All of the teams at the Baldwin are great but this year it’s gonna be:

Why will your team win this year’s Baldwin Cup? Again with the fender trim!?

Skipper Brian “bhaines” Haines

Brian HainesWhere are you from originally and what’s your sailing background? San Diego and Junior, high school, and college sailing.

How have you trained for this regatta? Time on the water, in any type of boat has been all I can hope for recently. Work and family haven’t left much time for anything else!

What is your usual pre-regatta ritual? Coffee, and a surf if I’m lucky.

What makes a good team racer teammate? Someone who is level-headed and keeps fighting ’til the end of the race, especially in 4×4!

Hardest or favorite part of Team Racing? 4×4 chaos!

Favorite Baldwin Cup moment? My favorite moment was NOT the ice luge a few years back.

Who do you think is your biggest competition? Why? I love this event because you know every race will be hard-fought. Newport always fields a strong team, so we’ll be out to beat them!

Why will your team win this year’s Baldwin Cup? We’ve got a great group of sailors this year, so if we can gel as a team and focus on the basics we’ll be in the hunt.

Crew George “Big Cat” Saunders

George SaundersWhere are you from originally and what’s your sailing background? San Diego and Sabots

How have you trained for this regatta? I have trained by google searching 4v4 winning combos

What is your usual pre-regatta ritual? My usual pre-regatta ritual is checking to make sure i still have my phone, wallet, and keys, and to hope I closed out my bar tab from the night before

What makes a good team racer teammate? What makes a good team racer teammate is someone who never forgets to bring the snacks out on the course.

Hardest or favorite part of Team Racing? Reading and understanding the Sailing Instructions. I always find it hard to find the SI on tape so I can listen to it instead.

What are you most looking forward to at Baldwin Cup? I look forward to the beer, and being able to afford to buy all my teammates a round on me since it will cost me so much!

Who do you think is your biggest competition? Why? Thunder and Lighting…storms tend to scare me and that’s why I live in San Diego because I enjoy sunshine and calm days.

Why will your team win this year’s Baldwin Cup? We have one speed, we have one gear: go!

Skipper Tyler “Tee my homie G” Sinks

Tyler-Sinks-Baldwin Cup_2016Where are you from originally and what’s your sailing background? San Diego and grew up sailing sabots in San Diego

How have you trained for this regatta? I’ve done some team racing in the past…

What is your usual pre-regatta ritual? GTL

What makes a good team racer teammate? Someone who is levelheaded and very disciplined.

Hardest or favorite part of Team Racing? The team aspect is definitely the best part of team racing. Also, there’s lot’s of action in a short period of time.

Favorite Baldwin Cup moment? The party was pretty good.. last time we didn’t have best event so we’re hoping to have a better showing this time around.

Who do you think is your biggest competition? Why? All the teams are good. This is a fun regatta because the level of competition is so high, yet everyone has fun.

Why will your team win this year’s Baldwin Cup? We are the best looking team and the saying goes, “looks are 90% of sailing, the rest is luck”.

Crew Melanie “Melrob” Roberts

Melanie Roberts 2016Where are you from originally and what’s your sailing background? San Diego and Naples Sabots

How have you trained for this regatta? By watching other sailboat regattas.

What is your usual pre-regatta ritual? No bananas.

What makes a good team racer teammate? One that sails in a blazer and doesn’t look up from his phone.

Hardest or favorite part of Team Racing? Counting.

Favorite Baldwin Cup moment? Too many!

Who do you think is your biggest competition? Why? I would like to take this opportunity to thank the umpires for their time!

Why will your team win this year’s Baldwin Cup? It’s a secret.

Skipper Adam Roberts

Adam Roberts 2016Where are you from originally and what’s your sailing background? San Diego and exclusively the Naples Sabot.

How have you trained for this regatta? Mainly 12oz curls – lot of sitting as well. Also visualization and practicing compartmentalization techniques for the stressful 4v4 racing.

What is your usual pre-regatta ritual? Coffee, socializing with other competitors, and breakfast while my crew rigs the boat.

What makes a good team racer teammate? Someone who can bail me out of the mistakes I make while also securing the “1.”

Hardest or favorite part of Team Racing? Pretending I still know what is going on! Foolin’ a lot of people these days.

Favorite Baldwin Cup moment? Warm weather, hanging with all the amazing people at the event, and taking a day off from work.

Who do you think is your biggest competition? Why? Besides my own head? Mikee Anderson – yes I am aware that he is on my team. Why? I think that is obvious…

Why will your team win this year’s Baldwin Cup? Everyone knows that 99% of sailing success is good looks. Our team is phenomenal at that.

Crew Lauren “Pounds” Brants

Lauren BrantsWhere are you from originally and what’s your sailing background? Forth Worth, TX and Optis

How have you trained for this regatta? Put in a lot of time in Tahoe….winning après is critical.

What is your usual pre-regatta ritual? Deep groin partner stretching.

What makes a good team racer teammate? The ones that still win races when you are in the deep 8.

Hardest or favorite part of Team Racing? The sailing part.

What are you most looking forward to at Baldwin Cup? Looking forward to busting out some crazy Harbor 20 roll tacks.

Who do you think is your biggest competition? Why? Itchenor Sailing Club. Know thy enemy…and I don’t know them.

Why will your team win this year’s Baldwin Cup? It’s been so long, beginner’s luck is back on the table.

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