The Sailing Team Needs Your Help!
We are proud to be sending three teams to Nationals this year! What an achievement! However, with this great gift comes a great cost (an estimated $8,000). So we are asking for any donation that you feel comfortable giving. Any amount is a helpful contribution to our efforts.
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Thank you for helping out and supporting us. Even if you do not choose to donate, we are a student run organization and all support, big or small, is greatly appreciated.
An Accomplished Season Not Yet Over
Congratulations to the Wisconsin Sailing team for advancing their Coeds and Team Race teams to Nationals, while also qualifying their Women's team to semi-finals! Nationals will be held on the 21st of May in Florida, so support the team in two weeks from the comforts of your couch or the coach's side! Go Go Wisco!
Clearly Spring Break paid off this year, as Wisconsin, currently ranked 20th in the ICSA, won the regatta by three points. The other Wisconsin teams in the Regatta also did well in the competition. As Lake Mendota is frozen, having any body of water to sail on is what the Wisconsin team needed. Expect a regatta report up within the week covering the victory, the shifting wind, and the chilly venue.
Spring Break Recap
After a long and snowy winter, it was good to have warm weather for a few days before returning to the cold North. But our time in Texas was spent doing much more than appreciating the weather. On Lake Travis, the team spent a few days shaking off the rust and getting into the sailing swing of things. Then we sailed into intense team racing mode, pushing hard until Friday night, when we said good bye to Texas and began our return journey to Wisconsin.
With only two weeks remaining until our seven day vacation, the sailing team is looking forward to its Spring Break! While last year they worked hard under the ocean sun in Florida, this year they will be traveling to Austin, Texas to sail on the water of Lake Travis. Keeping an eye out for scorpions and Cotton Mouths, this team should have no problem getting into the sailing swing of things in their time off of school.
The check has been approved and the UW Sailing team will be purchasing six 2010 FJ's from the Yale University Sailing Club. The addition to our fleet will allow for a wider practice venue and a more diverse option for regattas to come.
Charleston Spring Coeds
Last weekend the team sent sailors to compete in the Charleston Spring Coeds Regatta. The sailors had little time to get back into the swing of sailing, but their determination and ability was displayed by their placement. Taking fifth of eighteen in the Regatta, the UW sailing team proved to be the best of the Midwest and better than many more East Coast college teams.
Given the conditions of Lake Mendota around this time of year the team has switched from on the water practice to indoor workouts. Workouts are held at the same time as normal practices, and end in a game of basketball that strengthens bounds of camaraderie team wide. However, the intensity and drive to be the best in the Midwest has not been diminished by the cold as the team will show in their early Spring regattas.
Timme's Tune Up
Last weekend Wisconsin sent two births to the Timme's Tune Up regatta in Evanston. Lake Michigan was as choppy as ever, with some moderate breeze, giving the sailors a good challenge. A storm during the middle of the first day, and high winds cut the number of races very low, but just enough qualify it as a regatta. Wisconsin took third overall in the racing with 38 points, following Minnesota, with 17, and Michigan, with 10.
Wisco Team Race
Despite the bitter cold and biting wind, Wisco Team Race went off without a hitch. The breeze made sailing impossible numerous times during the regatta, so only a few races were finished. The event ended with everyone very close together in the standings, with Wisconsin in third, North Western in second, and Minnesota in first.
Advanced Racing Clinic
Wow, what a wonderful weekend of sailing. The Wisconsin Match Race team competed in the MCSA Match Race Championship this weekend at Sail Sheboygan, finishing 2nd for the regatta, and unfortunately out of a spot qualifying to Nationals. The 2nd Annual Advanced Racing Clinic went off without a single hitch! Though a little more air would have been appreciated on the first day, sailors went through some intense racing maneuvers on Saturday, before putting them into practice in their races on Sunday. Special thanks to Connor Trepton, George Kutschenreuter, Joe Kutschenreuter, and Molly Forbes for lending their coaching expertise to the sailors that came to learn. Also, thanks to Meg Six for the unexpected, but always appreciated, visit and coaching help. Hopefully there was a good deal learned and a great deal of interest in returning next year!
Just a reminder to all those interested in the Advanced Racing Clinic that there are still a few positions available. The clinic, lead by famous alumnus Joe Kutschenreuter and Molly Forbes, as well as the current team members George Kutschenreuter and Connor Trepton, will be on October the 20th and 21st, so in only a couple short weeks! Follow the link below so sign up.
This weekend the ladies of the team faced off against several different female competitors from around the MCSA at our very own regatta, Wisco Women's. While the wind wasn't as forecast on either day (when is it ever), the competition was a close one. Minnesota won the regatta, while our teams followed VERY closely, taking 2nd, 4th, and 5th. Overall it was a great event, sure to be followed by a great regatta report posted sometime soon. Thanks to everyone that participated and helped out on those miserably rainy days. Next up: Advanced Racing Clinic!
This weekend our team was divided, and it conquered. Of the three sailors that competed in the MCSA Singlehand Championship, two finished in the top five and one qualified for nationals; congratulations Andrew Fox! In the Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta in New York, the team of five UW-Madison sailors (depicted in picture above) placed second in the 105 division, and tied for third overall. Another team of six took 9th out of sixteen at the Hobart and William Smith Fall Regatta out East. Those members of the team that did not compete this weekend had a successful practice (focusing on crew techniques) with awesome alumnus Meg Six. Overall, great weekend team! Next up, Wisco Women's!
This weekend, our sailing team snatched a victorious first at Pere Marquette. The success of our third MCSA regatta will hopefully be followed by success this weekend with the MCSA Single Handed Championship in Evanston, IL, and Hobart and William Smith Fall Regatta out East! The regatta report for this weekend will be up soon, and expect an update for next weekend sometime Monday!
UW Sailing Team Highschool Clinic
Coming up on October 20th and 21st is the Second Annual Advanced Racing Clinic. This is a great way to both help out our team and learn a good deal more about racing. Expect more information up shortly.
This weekend in Iowa, the Davis Cup was held. The wind was strong on the first day and slight on the second, but the team still managed to sail well. Out of eleven teams Wisconsin White tied for third, while Wisconsin Red took fifth. Check out the Regatta report for more details. Danmark and Pere Marquette are coming up this weekend! Expect updates early next week.
Last weekend the University Wisconsin Madison Sailing Team sailed in Minnesota in the first Team Race regatta of the season. The team had four teams at the regatta, one of which took second, but all of whom preformed well. More details are in the regatta report. Check it out! Davis Cup is the regatta lined up for this weekend and already sailors are preparing for it in our FJ's.
The University of Wisconsin Madison Sailing Team won our first regatta of the season! With some old hands and some new sailors, the team's A and B pairs did great in the heavy wind. Thanks to the teams that attended the regatta, and thanks to the weather for providing prime event conditions. The link below shows the scores of each team in the regatta. Hopefully next weekend will be more of the same at Streufert Cup. Go Go Wisco!
The Start of a New Season
The University of Wisconsin Sailing Team had their first official practice on September 4th! With many returning sailors, a large group of interested new members, and a few GoPros this year promises to be full of success. A regatta is already scheduled for the upcoming weekend, and with others following closely, the team is already off to a great start. Expect videos and pictures to come soon!