Annapolis, Md. (May 30, 2014) – The Quantum Women’s Collegiate Sailor of the Year was announced during an awards presentation at the Robert Crown Center at the U.S Naval Academy after racing at the Sperry Top-Sider Women’s National Championship. This is awarded annually to a woman sailor who has performed at the highest level of competition in district and national championships. The ICSA All-America committee evaluates with great detail all of the finalists’ results and calculates the winner.
Quantum believes that women sailors should receive the same recognition that male sailors receive in the sport to acknowledge their excellence in sailing and continue to foster the growth of women’s sailing.
Deirdre Lambert, Darmouth College, is the first woman
in the history of the Quantum® Woman Sailor of the Year
Award to be honored two consecutive years.
Photo by Brian Schneider/www.ebrianschneider.com
The finalists this year were Deirdre Lambert (Cumberland, Maine), Dartmouth College ’15, Erika Reineke (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), Boston College ’16 and Morgan Kiss (Holland, Mich.), Yale University ‘15. All of these female sailors have had an incredible year of competition.
Reineke was a finalist for this honor last year and she has again had a successful year competing as a sophomore. Reineke won the 2013 LaserPerformance Women’s Singlehanded National Championship and has consistently competed in the top of the women’s fleet. She is also a member of the 2014 U.S. Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider.
Kiss won A-division at many women’s regattas over the course of the 2013-14 season and just finished in second place with her team and in A-division at the 2014 Sperry Top-Sider Women’s Nationals.
For the second year in a row, Deirdre Lambert has been named the Quantum Women’s Sailor of the Year. Lambert just won the Sperry Top-Sider Women’s Nationals with her team and she won A-division handily, 41 points ahead of second place. She has proven to be deserving of this honor.
“It’s really awesome and definitely a team success. It’s great, I couldn’t imagine this happening again,” Lambert says. She also adds, “It’s really great for our team to be National Champions again, too.” Lambert will be a senior next fall at Dartmouth, where she is studying biomedical engineering.
Deirdre Lambert fell in love with sailing at a young age when she learned to sail at Portland Yacht Club in Maine. She comes from a sailing family and has enjoyed competing at the collegiate level. Photo by Brian Schneider/www.ebrianschneider.com
The Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) is the governing authority for sailing competition at colleges and universities throughout the United States and in some parts of Canada. Visit www.collegesailing.org to learn more.
The ICSA sponsors and partners are: LaserPerformance (www.laserperformance.com), title sponsor of LaserPerformance Men’s and Women’s Singlehanded National Championships and Official Boat Supplier of the ICSA Spring National Championships. Sperry Top-Sider (www.sperrytopsider.com), title sponsor of the Sperry Top-Sider / ICSA Women’s National Championship; Gill North America (www.gillna.com), title sponsor of the Gill / ICSA National Championship; Quantum Sail Design Group (www.quantumsails.com/), official sponsor of the “Quantum Women’s College Sailor of the Year”; Annapolis Performance Sailing (www.apsltd.com), title Sponsor of the APS / ICSA Team Race National Championship; Marlow Ropes (www.marlowropes.com/), presenting sponsor of the “Marlow Ropes College Sailor of the Year Award” and Official Rope of College Sailing; US Sailing (home.ussailing.org), supporting sponsor of the ICSA National Championships.