Cuyler Dull 4/17
Cuyler was awarded most improved all-around sailor on our team heading into our spring season. He's a freshman, and his eagerness to learn and improve every day is incredibly inspiring to the rest of us.
"I was born and raised in Oak Park, Illinois, a western suburb of Chicago. In high school, I competed in wrestling, soccer, and tennis. I am presently a Freshman studying mechanical engineering and considering doubling in MADE (manufacturing and design engineering)."
Cuyler competed in his first regatta this past weekend, NU Spring, and performed incredibly well considering how new he is to competitive sailing. It's super exciting to think about where Cuyler could end up with continued effort and improvement!
"I started with very limited experience with sailing and knowledge about the world of sailing. I have loved the opportunity to practice with experienced sailors, receive feedback from coaches, and improve with time. I am still quite a novice but am eagerly looking forward to more time on the water and improving."
Susie Riley 3/17
Co-Captain Susie Riley is one of the most hardworking, if not the most hardworking member of NUST, and there is no question that her hard work has paid off.
"I learned to sail at Northwestern, and the best thing about our team (and sailing!) is how improving at sailing is so doable if you put in the time and energy and brainpower," Susie explains. "It's not easy, it can be frustrating, but it's straightforward and so rewarding."
Starting her sailing career just two years ago, she has developed into a skilled skipper and a leader on the team. While competing at Women's Nationals, Susie held her own when skippering against highly seasoned competitors.
"Last spring, going to Nationals was one of the best sailing experiences I've had. It was inspiring to compete against varsity teams- and so motivating," Susie said. "After spending a month working to prepare for the competition, it was awesome to see everybody improve so much and see concrete solutions to problems we had with our sailing."
Susie is a busy computer science and gender studies double major who spent her summer teaching high school girls to code, but she still manages to dedicate an incredible amount of time to the team. She fulfills her duties as captain, attends practice, and builds genuine and intentional relationships with her teammates.
"Even when we're not competing, sailing is the best thing to do at Northwestern. It's definitely what I'm most passionate about. Getting out onto Lake Michigan every day is the best way to spend my time, hands down, and I do it with the best people."
Kate O'Donnell 2/17
"Sailing is my passion. I've been sailing since I was about 8, so 11 years now. I got my start through summer camps at Chicago Yacht Club Belmont Station. I started in Prams, worked my way through Optis, and then started at CYC's Sailing School with 420s at 11 and Club 420s at age 13.
Then I joined the Saint Ignatius Sailing Team and competed on their varsity team all four years of high school. During the summers, I sailed on CYC's Race Team and traveled throughout the Midwest and East Coast competing as a crew in countless regattas including Nationals, North Americans, and a bunch of other highly competitive regattas.
Now I'm a sophomore on the Northwestern Sailing Team, and I’m the team’s Co-Captain. I’ve been alternating between driving and crewing, and most enjoyed skippering in A division in San Diego for Women’s Nationals."
Kate has been an instrumental member of the team during her time at NU, and we can’t wait to see what her next two-and-a-half years with NUST will hold! Besides being a skilled (and improving!) sailor, Kate is also a major contributor to the team. Last year she served as Fleet Captain. As Fleet Captain, when we broke it, she fixed it (which we tried to keep to a minimum!). On a serious note though, she does a lot of hard work for the team ensuring the regattas we host run smoothly and the boats stay in tip-top shape. Now that she's a Captain, she'll continue to be an irreplaceable contributor to the team.
"So Kate, what do you do besides sail?"
"Well… I work at the Northwestern Sailing Center, I run an Instagram and Snapchat called @katesails, watch sailing videos, dream about sailing, and bike up and down the lake to look at boats out on the water."