Bringing Her A Game
Bringing Her A Game
From start to finish of her college sailing career, Georgetown's Sydney Bolger has aimed for perfection and has come quite close to achieving it. What might come as a surprise is that she credits her Quantum Women's College Sailor of the Year honors not only to her calm mentality, but also to the element of fun that she brought to the racecourse this year.
Did you try to bring a certain mindset to all of your regattas this year?
I knew that I needed to go into regattas relaxed and with confidence, because if I started to stress everything was going to go down the tubes. Rebecca and I just had a lot of fun this last year sailing. There was this one race at St. Mary’s [Intersectional] where I tacked too close rounding the windward mark and had to do a 720 around the offset. In doing the 720, I nicked the back of another boat, and had to do another 720…Instead of doing anything rash or getting upset, we did our circles, focused on catching boats, and came back in that race to around seventh. I think that can be fully attributed to our calm mentality. We tried to keep an even keel in the boat, which allowed us to keep our heads in the game, to pass boats when it was necessary, and to maintain consistent scores throughout regattas.
What was it like to sail with two other All-Americans on your team, including Chris Barnard, who was also named College Sailor of the Year?
It was great. Georgetown has had some really phenomenal sailors while I’ve been there, including Chris Barnard and Charlie Buckingham, who was named College Sailor the Year twice. It’s fantastic to have these really talented sailors on the team because it raises the level of competition, but equally important are all the other members of the sailing team. At Georgetown we have the “as one” philosophy, which basically means that it’s the responsibility of everyone on the team to push themselves so everyone gets better. Every single person on the team is critical to our overall success.
You graduated from Georgetown this spring. What lies in store for you next?
In terms of sailing, my plan is to begin a full-time Olympic campaign in the 470. I’m going to move to Miami in the fall, find a crew, and begin training full-time with the U.S. Sailing Team Development Team. I intend to compete in the full world circuit for the next three years, with hopes of competing at the 2016 Olympics in Rio. Beyond that I’d also like to continue team racing, as much as it frustrated me a lot of the time. –A.Q.