Photo by John Payne for ICSA.
Congratulations to Deirdre Lambert, winner of the 2013 Quantum Woman Collegiate Sailor of the Year award. During the season, this sophomore from Dartmouth College won A-division in every event she sailed except for one. The Women’s National Championship regatta was no exception, with Lambert winning A-division by 37 points.
The Quantum Woman Collegiate Sailor of the Year award annually honors the woman who has performed at the highest level of competition in district and national championships throughout the season. Finalists for the award are selected by the Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) All-American Committee.
Two other outstanding sailors were also nominated for the award: Mary Hall ’15 (U.S. Naval Academy) and Erika Reineke ’16 (Boston College). All three honorees have competed in coed regattas and were involved in team race events as well.
“It is really a great honor,” Lambert says of winning the award. “My success has really been a whole team effort,” she says. Winning the award, however, reminds her that there is still work to do with the team over the next few years.
Lambert started sailing at the age of seven at Portland Yacht Club in Maine. She fell in love with it and has been sailing ever since. Both her sisters and parents are sailors as well. Her older sister, Emily, competed in college sailing and helped peak Lambert’s interest in sailing at the college level.