Since 2003, the Quantum Woman Collegiate Sailor of the Year award has honored a female sailor performing at the highest level in district and national championships. We are celebrating the history and significance of this award with a series of profiles featuring past winners.
Corrie Clement Lambert
2003 Quantum Woman Collegiate Sailor of the Year
Today, we salute Corrie Clement Lambert who won the inaugural award in 2003 while sailing for Old Dominion University. Now a physical therapist living in Seabrook, TX, Corrie continues to sail on anything and everything.
The depth of Galveston Bay limits her options, but she’s been able to race J-22s, V-15s, OD35s, and the 2011 J-105 North Americans. Corrie credits her experience at the Rolex International Women’s Keelboat Championships with introducing her to keelboat racing.
Courtesy Photo. Despite an injury sustained the night before, Corrie's mom
joined her in sailing a J/22 in the Houston RIWKC in 2007. A real trooper!
Since college, Corrie has spent some time coaching, including a stint as the head coach for Norfolk Collegiate. She also occasionally coaches in Seabrook, introducing kids to Laser sailing. She just purchased a Sunfish to do the Wednesday night races in Seabrook, saying “It is a lot different than a Laser Radial, but should be fun!”
Corrie’s collegiate sailing not only helped develop her teamwork and leadership skills, it also prepared her for her career. Sailing with different people and different learning styles translates well for her work as a physical therapist.
She encourages all collegiate sailors to not be intimidated by sailing on different boats with new people. Instead, try to learn something new every time you go out.
The 2013 winner will be announced on May 24, 2013 following the ICSA National Championship in St. Petersburg, FL.
2004 Quantum Woman Collegiate Sailor of the Year
Genny Tulloch was a sophomore at Harvard University when she won the award in 2004. After graduating, Genny moved to San Francisco, California where she continues to pursue her passion. She’s made a career of it, working in broadcasting and media for sailing, and is currently covering the America's Cup.
Genny graduated from college as a junior to pursue her sailing, with an Olympic campaign in match racing along with various other offshore and professional racing. Her off-shore racing background involves being the only female on the Morning Light race team (the basis of the Disney documentary movie), multiple Transpac races, and an overall victory in the Los Angeles-Tahiti race and a division win in the Sydney-Hobart Race. Additionally, Genny has raced a variety of other boats: from high-performance skiffs and Extreme 40 catamarans to Melges 20s, 24s and 32s, Farr 30s and 40s, and TP 52s and many classes of match racing boats.
Genny says that winning the 2004 Sailor of the Year Award gave her the motivation to make sailing a career. Her collegiate experiences not only taught her about starts, small course tactics, and boat handling, she also learned how to structure time in her professional and personal lives, and be involved in small and big team dynamics which help navigate life on and off the water.
Genny Tulloch competing at College Nationals her final year.
Genny Tulloch with her Olympic campaign team, Jenn Chamberlin in
the middle and Alice Leonard on bow.
Genny was the only female crew member on Morning LIght, pictured
here at the finish of one of their Transpac Races.
Anna Tunnicliffe, 2005 Quantum Woman Collegiate
Sailor of the Year on the 49erFX. Photo © Andrea Mead Cross
In 2005, Anna Tunnicliffe won the Woman Sailor of the Year award while competing with Old Dominion University. Following graduation, Anna took her sailing expertise to the US Olympic Sailing Team, where she competed in the 2008 Beijing Olympic games. In a regatta that came down to the last two legs of the final race, Anna was triumphant, winning gold in the Laser Radial class, and bringing home the first US women’s Olympic Gold sailing medal in 20 years.
Olympic Round Robin with Debbie Capozzi, Molly Vandemoer,
Anna Tunnicliffe. Photo © Ian Roman
Olympic Opening Ceremony: Anna Tunnicliffe, Molly Vandemoer,
LeBron James, Debbie Capozzi. Photo © US Sailing.
After the 2008 Games, Anna decided to focus on match racing and another Olympic Campaign. At the 2012 Games in London, Anna and her crew finished fifth in the Elliott 6m.
Anna often shares her skills with others when she coaches youth Laser sailors. She especially enjoys encouraging the young female sailors. For them, she wants to lead by example. At this stage of her career, that means campaigning for the gold medal in Rio, 2016.
As a collegiate sailor, Anna learned how to train, be self-disciplined, and about the sacrifice required to make a dream come true. Winning the 2005 Sailor of the Year Award gave her the spark she needed to pursue her dream of Olympic gold. She’s surpassed her expectations – in addition to her Olympic gold medal, Anna has been named winner of US Sailing’s Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year four times and is a two-time winner of the ISAF World Sailor of the Year award.
Alana O'Reilly, 2006 Quantum Woman
Collegiate Sailor of the Year
The Quantum Woman Collegiate Sailor of the Year in 2006 was Alana O’Reilly, who graduated from The College of Charleston. Alana recently finished an 18-month-long Olympic campaign in Women’s Match Racing where she took second place. Before that, she spent five years coaching at Georgetown University.
Her college career greatly impacted Alana, teaching her how to be a part of a team, how to be consistent, and how to get over a bad race. Winning the 2006 Quantum Woman Collegiate Sailor of the Year Award has given her the opportunities to be more involved in sailing, including her Olympic campaigns.
Alana has no immediate plans for another Olympic bid and is planning to take some time off to just enjoy the water. She is currently the Junior Program Coordinator at Annapolis Yacht Club.
Adrienne Patterson and Melissa Pumphrey, at the 2007 ICSA Women’s
National Championship. Photo by GTS Photos for ICSA.
Adrienne Patterson, was a junior with St. Mary’s College of Maryland when she received the 2007 Quantum Woman Collegiate Sailor of the Year award. The same year, Adrienne was named Woman Athlete of the Year for St. Mary’s College and recognized as an ICSA All-American. Following graduation, Adrienne went on to earn a Master of Arts degree in teaching. Coaching and teaching have always been her passion, and she has years of experience working at numerous yacht clubs and as a private coach. Currently, Adrienne is Sailing Director at Key Biscayne Yacht Club. Adrienne continues to be active in the sport, competing in the women’s 470 class and Olympic match racing.
2008 Quantum Woman Collegiate Sailor of the Year
Kaitlin Storck has stayed busy since receiving the 2008 Quantum Woman Sailor of the Year Award while sailing at Tufts University. She got right into sailing Laser SB3s for the World Championship in Dublin, then moved to 470s, where she had the chance to sail with Olympic athletes. Though an inspirational experience, she realized the 470 wasn’t her boat. She went on to sail with the All-American Offshore Team and in multiple races, including the Block Island Race, Annapolis-Newport Race, and the Transatlantic.
Kaitlin also did some more match racing. She sailed the Team Race Worlds, British Match Race, Match Race Olympic Trials, and the US Sailing Women’s Match Race Championships. She’s also still racing with her family, winning the J/80 North American with her dad and brothers.
Winning the Sailor of the Year Award was a goal Kaitlin set for herself as a freshman in college. Receiving the award was not only extremely satisfying, it also gave her the confidence she needed to try other types of sailing, as well as coaching.
Kaitlin is a graduate student at Tulane University where she is working on a master’s degree in public health. She also coaches the Tulane sailing team. In New Orleans, Kaitlin often sails a Melges 24 in the local racing scene.
2009 Quantum Woman Collegiate Sailor of the Year
The 2009 Quantum Woman Collegiate Sailor of the Year Award was a tremendous honor for Yale University graduate Jane Macky when she received it, though she says she appreciates it even more now that she’s working in the real world. “I have gained a perspective that allows me to reflect on all the hard work it took to get there, and it represents the fact that we did make it to the top. It reminds me I have done that and I can do that in whatever I choose.”
Jane is quick to point out that she didn’t succeed alone. Her coaches, teammates, and especially her crew challenged and encouraged her. Because of her strong support system, she gained more awareness about herself, her strengths, and the types of people she works best with, both on the water and in life.
Over the past few years Jane has occasionally coached and sailed around New England, but she’s been out of the competitive circuit. She continues to be involved in the collegiate sailing world, providing coverage of ICSA sailing events throughout the year.
For Jane, sailing has always been about going out each day and continually striving to improve. It’s a mindset she applies to everything she does.
Allie Blecher, right, receiving the 2010 Quantum Woman
Collegiate Sailor of the Year Award from past winner Anna Tunnicliffe.
Since graduating from the College of Charleston, 2010 Quantum Woman Collegiate Sailor of the Year award winner Allie Blecher has stayed active as both a sailor and coach. She’s shared her talents with others at the Hawaii and California Yacht Clubs, helping them appreciate the joy of sailing. From her experience, Allie believes people always sail the best when they’re having a good time, so she tries to guide them in that direction.
Right out of college Allie started experimenting with other boat types, including the 29er-X and I-14. Using completely different tactics, she had to forget everything she learned in college, but the experiences introduced her to the larger sailing world. In 2012, Allie took first place in the US Singlehanded Championships in Sheboygan, WI and earlier this year, she earned 6th in the 49er FX at the ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami.
Allie knows what it takes to receive the Sailor of the Year Award, and she tries to teach and watch for those abilities in others. In early 2011, she suggested that Annie Haeger and Sydney Bolger had what it takes to earn that recognition. She was right.
Allie Blecher, right, with Helena Scutt at 2013 ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami.
2011 Quantum Woman Sailor of the Year
While a student at Boston College, Annie Haeger was named Women’s All American four years running and became the only sailor to be nominated for the Quantum Woman Collegiate Sailor of the Year three times, winning in 2011.
Winning the 2011 Quantum award gave Annie the confidence she needed to keep pushing herself as an athlete. Fellow winners include many women Annie admires and she considers the award one of her greatest accomplishments. Other notable achievements include recognition as the 2012 Boston College Female Eagle of the Year and 2012 College Women’s Double-handed National Champion. Hager is a three-time ICSA Women's Singlehanded National champion.
Annie says her collegiate sailing experience was both amazing and unforgettable. She not only learned ways to better her sailing, but also valuable lessons that she applies in her personal life and sailing career. Currently, Annie is a member of the US Sailing Development team, training with Boston College teammate Briana Provancha for the 2016 Olympic 470 class.
Annie Haeger with Briana Provancha, January 2013 ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami.
Photo by Mick Anderson/Sailing Pix
Stay tuned for more profiles in this series….