Sailor of the Week: June 3-9
Senior skipper Jane Macky, of Auckland, New Zealand, was named Quantum Women’s Sailor of the Year and All-American after leading #1-ranked Yale to a victory at the 2009 Intercollegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) Women’s National Championship last week co-hosted by Stanford and the St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco Bay.
Coming into the final day of the championship Yale led the overall standings by just six points. However, Jane and junior crew Marla Menninger solidified their place atop the A-Division by putting together a 4-1-1-7-2-2-1-1 scoreline. In the end, Yale’s combined score of 148 points through 14 races in FJ’s was nine points better than runner-up, #2-ranked College of Charleston. Out of the 14 total races, Jane and Marla won six, with only three finishes outside the top four, and one finish outside the top half. After an 18th place finish in race five, Jane mentioned “Marla and I looked at each other and really knew we had to get out there and sail our very best, no holding back, and that is exactly what we did. What a way to end my four years in college sailing.” Admittedly, Jane doesn’t put a lot of stock in individual awards, but she appreciates how symbolic the Sailor of the Year award is to her. “I am definitely not an awards oriented person, but I feel like it reflects what I know of my career with Marla,” she said.
Jane couldn’t be happier about her decision to participate in college sailing here in the U.S. The experience provided Jane with so many new sailing challenges that have made her a better overall sailor today. “This opportunity gave me a chance to continue sailing and study at the top level,” Jane said. “We always had a big breeze sailing in New Zealand, so my strength was in windy conditions and long courses in singlehanded dinghies. I needed to learn how to sail as a team and in doublehanded dinghies here at Yale. I also needed to learn how to win in light, shifty, and unpredictable winds.”
Jane started sailing when she was 8 in an opti. Her whole family sails, including her two sisters. Jane added that she was inspired by her sister Sarah who competed for New Zealand in both the Sydney and Athens Olympic Games.