Come Sail Away

May 2023

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Stanford sailing boat on the San Francisco Bay

Photo: Augie Dale

During an early spring-season practice session, sailing teammates Hannah Freeman, ’24, and Sophie Fisher, ’26, navigate Boat 2 through crisp gusts on the Bay. As sunset approaches, their training focuses on downwind speed, steering angles, and body position in the boat—“surfing the waves with our sails,” Freeman says.

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