Driven to Win
Driven to Win
Did you always have this goal?
I've always loved sailing and before I came to college, I'd only sailed singlehandeds, so it was a massive learning experience to figure out how to sail Club 420's and FJ's. Junior year, I was getting stressed out about results and my coach told me that I was doing great. He was like, "Did you ever think you'd be in the running for Quantum Sailor of the Year?" Then, I knew that I could do it. It's been really fun getting to a point where we're consistent and at the level where every time we go out, we have the same strategy - a winning strategy. It's not that we win every time, but we have a lot of fun when we're at the top and we are competing for first every time.
What is your favorite college sailing memory?
We had our whole team out here in San Francisco and the last day of the regatta, the current was working in such a way that it was really favored for us to tack in to the shore a lot. The last day was fantastic. We had our whole team running up and down the sidelines, cheering for us. I think our team is quite understated. We obviously support each other a lot, but our team doesn't usually cheer - we normally think we are a bit too cool for it all or something. Coming up to the shore, everyone would be screaming for us, and it was so cool. We were hiking and we would hike harder when people were yelling for us. I love our team. We have great people and we have so much fun. This is something I'll never forget.
Any big sailing plans for the near future?
I've actually been focused on Nationals for so long that I think I'll have to go back to New Haven after this and figure out my next move. The only thing I've got planned for the summer so far is V15 Nationals. I definitely would be devastated to never sail competitively again. I'm still considering Olympic opportunities. Even though the schoolwork was really interesting, college sailing was my number one thing at Yale.