Marly Isler was recently named 2015 Captain of the Yale women’s sailing team. Isler, a junior, has been sailing since she was 7 years old, and was at one time a member of the U.S. Sailing Olympic Development Team.
Isler follows in her mother, JJ Fetter’s, footsteps. Also a La Jolla native, Fetter was a sailing team captain at Yale in 1984 and is a two-time Olympic medalist. Isler’s grandparents, Jane and Tom Fetter, are community volunteers in La Jolla.
“I had always proven to be a leader on our sailing team, both on and off the water, but was still incredibly dazed and honored to be given the title of captain,” Isler told La Jolla Light. “I am absolutely ecstatic to have the opportunity to form very close, personal relationships with each member of my team and with my coaches.”
Isler said her primary goal for the team is to “Keep up the fun, cooperative atmosphere that has been present since my mom was captain in 1984.” Isler also said she would love to see the team win the national races in which Yale participates. “But to be perfectly honest, as long as I can look around at practice and witness my best friends laughing and having an awesome time out on the water, that will be sufficient.”