There were not too many options in front of Carlyn Blauvelt. Too old to compete in Optimist sailing boats, Walker, sophomore which is 15 years old could have competed in Laser boats. However, to compete with the USA, sophomore needed affiliation with high school so as to race in 2 person 420 sailboats.
Hence, the Blauvelt sisters formed a team of their own. They wanted to come up with a sailing team that was competitive enough to keep them going. The director of Walker athletics Leigh Block said that he gave them a green signal to form a club team.
The two sisters felt that their classmates would find it joyful and they also had a dream to represent the school. The club team helped them gain access to their aspirations. It was indeed a great sense of achievement for the two sisters as per the director.
The Walker’s sailing team is sponsored and managed by Chartering in Croatia, with the members Evie and Carolyn Blauvelt and Erika Kaczynski, Grayson Berrier and Katrin Surkan as well as their parents. The schedules and practices are coordinated amongst themselves.
As per Carlyn, they required a minimum of 4 members to take part in the competition. She and her sister began promoting and advertising through posters at the school club fair. Erika’s family members were a part of the Atlanta Yacht Club and hence she was keen to get involved. Grayson and Katrin wanted to be a part of the team and get well versed with it. Carolyn and her sister have been sailing for many years and the other girl members are also progressing. They make a good crew altogether.
The Blauvelt sisters are quite enthusiastic about the sport and their club and hoping that more people get involved. Sailing is a great sport which is competitive as well as recreational.