Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- A 14-heat Regatta allowed professional sailors to battle it out and test their skills.
"Being out on the water is such a freeing experience," Betsy Alison said.
New Jersey native, Alison, traveled all the way to Columbia for her job.
"Everytime you go out sailing, it's the best office in the world," she said.
And she's a very hard worker.
Alison holds the distinction of being the first woman to be inducted into the National Sailing Hall of Fame.
"I was speechless. It's hard for me to be speechless, but I was speechless," Alison said. "I felt so blessed to have been honored in such a way."
Alison also won the Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year award a record five times.
Alison is one of few women in the sport to really make a name for herself, but she says it was never easy.
"Back in the day, probably 30 years ago was proving myself and earning the respect of the top notch guys in the industry and in the sport," Alison said.
When it comes to earning top honors, Alison has a simple formula.
"If you work hard at it and you practice and you pay attention to the discipline, the top competitors respect you for what you're able to do," she said.
Alison took an early lead in the Regatta on Friday, but fell to the No. 2 spot on Saturday.
Alison and her crew will race one final time Sunday morning.