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Senior captains Matthew Ricci and Alex Hitchcock share their thoughts about the upcoming season as well as give us a taste of what the team was like in the club days before it became varsity. 

Matthew Ricci '15
Hey everyone, my name is Matt Ricci, and I'm one of this year's captains of the GW Sailing Team! I'm a senior studying Biological Anthropology in the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, and I'm also on the Pre-Med track. This year, the senior class represents the last class that was a part of the Club Sailing Team before we gained varsity status, so we wanted to share some of these perspectives as we continue to share our story with you.

When I joined the sailing team my freshman year, it was a modest club team with a lot of heart despite having the bare essentials. We were entirely student-run, and during practices we often joined the Georgetown Sailing Team in drills led by their head coach, Mike Callahan. Without a coach, this was one of the only ways we were able to structure our own practices. My time on Club Sailing was limited, however, thanks to the impressive dedication of the sailors before me who spearheaded our varsity campaign. 

During my sophomore year, I was one of the lucky team members able to witness and partake in our transition to a Varsity Team. Seeing the transformation of this team over the past few years has been truly incredible, and I am fortunate to have been part of such a pivotal point in our team's history. Out of all of the benefits, amenities, and luxuries we gained in this transition, what I appreciate most is the fact that our Varsity status allows us to focus on what we are there to do, and that is simply to sail. We no longer have busy college students worried about maintaining and repairing our boats. We no longer have team members stressed about travel logistics each weekend. All we have to do is show up and sail. I believe this benefit alone has allowed us to compete at a much higher level due to our ability to focus on our sport with minimal distractions.

Being on a team with its sights set on becoming one of the nation's top sailing programs has taught me the power of working on a team of close-knit, dedicated individuals. With our continued perseverance and fearless leadership by our Head Coach, John Pearce, I know that GW Sailing is on its way to greater success than we've ever seen before.

Alexandria Hitchcock '15
My GW sailing career started the fall semester of my freshman year when I signed up to join while perusing the student organization booths. I had no idea what I was getting myself into, but I knew I wanted to be involved as I had grown up sailing and loved being on the water. If someone told me then that I would be a varsity sailor on a D1 team in less than a year, I probably would have laughed. I had little knowledge of the large plans my predecessors had in store for the team and what that entailed.

Those were the days when regatta weekends meant piling into someones car and driving eight hours, insanity from listening to the same homemade CD for hours on end, and sleeping on the floor of our closest friends houses wherever the regatta was hosted. It also meant being on a team comprised of friendships, inside jokes, and genuine compassion for the sport. In the two years since going varsity, floors have now turned into proper beds and eight hour drives have been made more comfortable by the coveted Ford vans. But of course that's not all - the introduction of our coach, John Pearce, has brought new insight, drive, and the leader we have needed to take our team to the next level. 

With each year, our team continues to grow and strive to be the best we can be and live up to the expectations set by us, and for us. As we bring in new talent, there is a continued commitment to recognize where we started, and where we are going. Our unique bond between each and every one of us as teammates and friends has allowed the team to stay connected to our roots in the club days, while excelling as athletes on the water. 

This upcoming year is going to be a monumental one! With more than 10 new members joining our team and an even greater drive to succeed, we have the perfect formula for success. Of course, the introduction of 18 new boats, a product of the Raise High the Sails Campaign, will surely help! It's going to be a great year and I am excited to see where we will go! 

@GW_WBB in Europe Day 7 - Marseille

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Today was a light day, especially in comparison to the first six days of our trip, and with structured tours every day in London and Paris, today's down time was a welcome change of pace.

After three great days, we bid adieu to Paris and boarded a train to Marseille in the South of France. The second-largest city in France wit ha population of about 1.5 million, Marseille is the biggest trading harbor in the county.

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This morning we drove about a half hour southwest of Paris to the Palace of Versailles, home of the French monarchy for parts of the 17th and 18th centuries during the reigns of Louis XIV, Louis XV and Louix XVI. After wandering the breathtaking gardens on our own, we moved inside the palace for our guided tour, where we learned all about its history.


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This morning we toured Paris by bus, stopping at such iconic landmarks as the Arc de Triomphe and Notre Dame Cathedral. The detail in the Gothic architecture of the cathedral was incredible, and the stained glass windows were beautiful. 

Our tour ended at the Louvre, where we had a few hours to wander around. Everyone made sure to visit the famous Mona Lisa and her enigmatic smile and spent the rest of their time checking out the paintings, statues and other artifacts.

@GW_Sailing Debuts Capital City Sailors Blog

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Sailing_Blog_22nd_G.jpgGW sailing is debuting Capital City Sailors, a bi-weekly blog written by members of the team.  This initial post was written by sophomore Gabriella Malek

With our pre-season training right around the corner, GW sailing is getting pumped for an amazing year ahead! Not only do we have a great class of recruits joining our ranks, but we are also slated for our best year of competition as a varsity team. This sailing blog was started to tell OUR story - our journey as a team collectively.  It will give you a chance to get to know who we are, what we do and how we are achieving the goals we set out for ourselves this upcoming year!

There are some great things to look forward to
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- We have a very talented recruiting class of 11 freshmen - We can't wait to have them join the team on the Potomac, at the regattas and the Exorcist Steps (see future blog post).
- Bigger regattas and more wins! With several regatta wins under our belt last year and greater competitive regattas the new "norm," we are looking forward to putting our skills to the test against the top nationally ranked teams consistently.
- With coming just shy of qualifying for nationals last season, our determination is that much greater to qualify for Women's and Coed Nationals this upcoming spring (look out world, we're coming for you!).

We are so proud to have successfully completed our Raise High the Sails fundraising campaign and will be receiving a new fleet of Z420s for the 2014-15 season! With these boats we will be able to train harder and on a more competitive level. Expect us to host more teams on campus and regattas on the Potomac.

We have such a bright season ahead of us and are looking forward to sharing our incredible journey, especially the memories that we make along the way, with you. Welcome everyone!

- Gabriella Malek '17

 



Today we bid farewell to London and said "Bonjour" to Paris. We boarded the Eurostar train at St. Pancras Station around lunch time and prepared for the just under three-hour journey to Paris via the Chunnel, the tunnel that runs under the English Channel connecting London to Paris and the rest of mainland Europe.

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Today was game day! But first we spent the morning sightseeing - we cruised down the River Thames, then took a ride on the famous London Eye.

On our river cruise, we saw many famous sights, including Big Ben and the houses of Parliament, Shakespeare's Theatre, St. Paul's Cathedral and the old port of London. After driving over them yesterday, we rode under London Bridge and Tower Bridge and learned that if someone waves to you from the Tower Bridge as you sail under, it means five years of good luck!

@GW_WBB in Europe Day 2 - Buckingham Palace and More

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Our second day in London began with a driving tour through the city with our amazing tour guide, Ruth, that took us past a number of historic sites. After driving over London Bridge - which didn't fall down - we stopped for some photo opportunities near the more picturesque Tower Bridge and the Tower of London, a nearly 1,000-year-old castle that houses the royal crown jewels. From our spot across the River Thames, we had a great view of the White Tower.

From there it was on to Westminster, the government center, where we saw Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey, the site of royal weddings and coronations, as well as the burial site for British monarchs.

@GWSquash WSF World Junior Championships Update #2

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All three of GW's student-athletes continued individual competition after their initial elimination in one of three consolation draws at the WSF World Junior Championships in Windhoek, Namibia this week.

To read about each player's matches in the main draw, click here. 

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@GW_WBB in Europe Day 1 - London

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Greetings from London! 

We landed here a little before 9 a.m. London time, which was 4 a.m. back in D.C. We tried to get some sleep during the six-and-a-half hour flight, but needless to say we're a little tired.

Today was a relatively light day thanks to our jet lag and a bit of rain - it is London after all. After meeting our tour guides, Joey and Leo, at the airport, we boarded the bus and headed for downtown. It was really strange to be driving on the "wrong side of the road! On the way, we learned that London is the biggest city in Europe with a population of about 8-9 million, and has both the tallest building and the most expensive apartment in Europe - it recently sold for £120 million - or $240 million!

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