Sailing World - - Starting Line - —Jen­nifer Mitchell

An­nika Gar­rett is a skip­per, crew, team racer, keel­boat sailor, scholar ath­lete and more. “She does it all,” says Andy John­son, head coach for the Univer­sity of Hawaii sail­ing team. “She’s a good ex­am­ple of an all- around col­lege sail­ing team player.”

“I have tried my best to al­ways show my coaches that I am up for a chal­lenge,” Gar­rett says. “That be­ing said, I have been for­tu­nate to have been on the trav­el­ing team since I was a fresh­man.”

Gar­rett sees her role on the team as help­ing out wher­ever needed, which has in­cluded be­ing able to jump in a boat at the helm or in the front, and also help­ing new team­mates learn the ba­sics of sail­ing.

“Bounc­ing be­tween skip­per and crew al­ways keeps my life in­ter­est­ing, but crew­ing will al­ways have a soft spot in my heart,” Gar­rett says. “Skip­per­ing has given me a bet­ter ap­pre­ci­a­tion on the im­por­tance of com­mu­ni­ca­tion. When­ever I go back to crew­ing, I try to pro­vide my skip­per with as much in­for­ma­tion as I can.”

Gar­rett grew up in Cul­ver City, Cal­i­for­nia, and started sail­ing at the age of 8 in the Del Rey Ju­nior Pro­gram. She also had a con­nec­tion to sail­ing at the Univer­sity of Hawaii early on.

“Many of my coaches from when I was grow­ing up are Hawaii alumni. We are in con­stant con­tact, and they are al­ways mo­ti­vat­ing me to im­prove and check­ing in on my new­est ac­com­plish­ments.”

Gar­rett has met great friends through col­lege sail­ing, and en­joys the se­ri­ous but fun vibe of the Hawaii sail­ing team. An­other ben­e­fit she has found is that the con­sis­tency of sail­ing helps her stay fo­cused with her school­work too.

“My goals in sail­ing are to be as in­volved as I can on the Hawaii sail­ing team, and out­side of the sail­ing team I hope to be­come more ac­tive with the keel­boat rac­ing that takes place in Hawaii,” Gar­rett says. “Out­side of sail­ing, I hope to be able to do work that is mean­ing­ful and gives me an op­por­tu­nity to give back to the com­mu­nity.”

Hawaii se­nior and team cap­tain An­nika Gar­rett was also named to the 2017-’18 ICSA Al­lA­ca­demic Sail­ing Team.

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