Uh Sailing Gear up for Nationals on East Coast, Homecoming for Caitlin Schadt

Uh Sailing Gear up for Nationals on East Coast, Homecoming for Caitlin Schadt

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - On Monday the UH Women's Sailing team will open competition at the ISCA Sperry National Championships in Newport, Rhode Island more than 5,000 miles away from the Ke'ehi Lagoon Beach Pak where the bows practice.  And while for most member of the UH sailing team sailing in the Atlantic means entering unfamiliar water, for Freshman Caitlin Schadt, the trip means a chance to go home.

According to Schadt being home doesn't just mean seeing family and friends cheering from the sidelines.   The Massachusetts Native says she expects to see some familiar faces in the boats racing against her as well.

While the bows resident patriots fan says she's tried to stay focused on gearing up for the National Championships, she admits having not been home since Christmas there's a few other things she's looking forward to once she gets back to New England.

"Oh my god yes, Dunkin Donuts. Definitely going to eat some good clam chowder, gonna go to the beach back home just see my friends see my dog," said Schadt.

R.I., Brown University, New York Yacht Club and Salve Regina University co-host the women's nationals as well as the Laser Performance Team Race and Gill Coed Nationals. The championships are a culmination of the 2014-15 school year race schedule with the top schools from across the country going head-to-head after qualifying through seven ICSA districts. The women's nationals open with the semi-final round over the course of two days as 28 teams will compete in two 14-team regattas. The nine advancing teams will sail an 18-boat regatta in the championship round, held May 27-28.The Rainbow Wahine qualified for the nationals after finishing fourth at the PCCSC Championships (April 20).