Annie HaegerSailor of the Week: June 2-8
Annie Haeger (Lake Forest, Ill.), a junior and A-division skipper on the Boston College sailing team, was crowned the 2011 Quantum Women’s College Sailor of the Year. She was also named an ICSA All-American Women’s Skipper for the third time in her collegiate career.
“Winning the Quantum Women’s Sailor of the Year award was a huge honor, especially with all of the other amazing sailors in college today,” said Annie. “I am so grateful to my team and coach for pushing me to do my best this season. Of course, I wouldn’t have got the award without my crews Emily Massa, Danny Bloomstine, and Briana Provancha.”
In the fall, Annie sailed primarily in coed regattas and in the spring she focused more on team racing and women regattas. Annie was quick to point out how important college sailing has been to her. “As soon as I got to BC, I immediately had a family who would be there for me through thick and thin,” she said.
Annie also had some tips for incoming college sailors, and what they need to do to make a successful transition from high school. “I think the biggest adjustment to be made for sailors coming in is consistency. After a bad race, it is imperative to move onto the next one with an objective view about what worked previously in the day,” she explained.
Annie is a 470 sailor on the US Sailing Development Team with crew Briana Provancha. This week they are sailing at Skandia Sail for Gold, an ISAF Sailing World Cup event, in Weymouth, U.K. “Being part of the team has helped my sailing immensely by being able to train with some of the best in the world and getting coached by the best as well,” she said. “The learning atmosphere is amazing and we hope to continue to improve. We plan on sailing full time in pursuit of a spot at the 2012 Olympic Games.”
Annie’s father Kent, who is a competitive C Scow class sailor, introduced her to the sport. She learned in a summer sailing program on Lake Beulah in Wisconsin at the age of seven. “He’s the one who got me to love the sport and is my biggest supporter and fan,” said Annie. Annie isn’t the only college sailor in the family. Her brother Will is a freshman skipper at Tufts University.
Annie looks up to US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics women’s match racer Sally Barkow, who grew up on one of the inland lakes of Wisconsin. “She has been such an inspiration to me and many others to be a strong role model for younger woman.”