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Newcomer to FAU's Sailing Club may help group ride high

Alyson Myers joined the Florida Atlantic University sailing club recently after sailing from Miami to the Bahamas in an annual race and finished in second place. Sailing before she could even drive, Myers wants to bring her strengths and competitive experience to the sailing club, and help the group attain its first win.

Myers, a junior majoring in biology, was born and raised in the Bahamas and recently moved to Boca Raton to attend FAU. She grew up sailing. She had her boater’s license before her driver’s license, and could swim before she could walk.

At age 15, Myers started competitive sailing. This is where she met fellow teammate Thomas Lankin, also born and raised in the Bahamas, and still living there today. At the time Lankin was 20 so with some age and experience on her, he showed her all the tricks of the trade.

“All I remember is watching this little scrawny blonde girl who looked no more than 12 years old walk into practice and claim that she had what it takes to be on our team. She was very talented, but needed a little guidance,” Lankin said.

Every other day, at least three times a week, Lankin would take Myers out on the water for some serious training.

“The training was so intensive that I wouldn’t be able to move my body for days sometimes. My abs would burn, my arms would feel flimsy, and my legs would wobble when we got done,” Myers said.

Once Myers was whipped into shape, her progression was starting to not only show, but it shined through.

“She become probably the best sailor on our team. I don’t want to take all the credit for her skills and strength for she is one stubborn and hard working girl,” Lankin said.

Now that Myers is at FAU, she wants to get involved. Brian Stone, a senior studying pre-med and captain of the sailing club, approached her after her race recently that sailed from Miami to the Bahamas and finished second.

“Our team of five other people is lacking a little of what she has – stubbornness to never give up, extra strength, and skills. I know the training will be hard and painful, but I know that we all have what it takes and Alyson can help us make it to the top,” Stone said.




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