Who are we?
The University of Wisconsin Sailing Team is a coed, student-run, nationally competitive club team that allows undergraduate students of all sailing abilities to compete at regattas around the Midwest and the country.
Who can join?
Any undergraduate student interested in racing and improving their sailing abilities from competitive racers to inquisitive newcomers.
What do we sail?
The majority of our regattas are held in collegiate 420s or FJs, although several regattas each year sail lasers or techs.
Where do we sail?
The team practices out of the Hoofers Sailing Club located right outside Memorial Union on Lake Mendota. Competing at schools around the Midwest, members get to experience a variety of sailing locales and conditions such as Lake Michigan sailing at Northwestern and small inland lake sailing at the University of Michigan. Nationally the team has traveled to a variety of locations including Boston, Charleston, San Francisco, Annapolis, New Orleans, with spring break training trips from Virginia Beach to Austin.
Who coaches the team?
We have two coaches – Dave Elsmo and Claire Dennis. Dave grew up sailing in Wisconsin, raced on the University of Minnesota Sailing Team, and now races big boats on Lake Michigan and Lake Superior while running the Hoofers Sailing Club and coaching the team. Claire Dennis grew up racing in San Fransisco, was on the US Sailing Team for a number of years, competed (and won!) many World’s regattas, raced on the Yale University Sailing Team during her undergraduate career, and now attends the University of Wisconsin – Madison Law School.
When do we practice?
The fall season begins with the start of the school year and ends Thanksgiving weekend in Chicago. As soon as the ice breaks in the spring, sailors again begin braving the cold and practice until Nationals at the end of May. The team practices Tuesday through Friday from 2:30 until around 5:30 or sundown (usually whichever comes first), with only two practices required per week.
When do we compete?
Regattas of varying skill levels occur every weekend around the country with most sailors competing in two to four per semester. Students generally leave Friday after class and drive to their sailing site, arriving at their location in time to get a good nights rest to be ready to sail the next morning.
Why should you join?
The team is a great and fun way to meet friends from around the country who share your interests. From homework help to general advice, sailing tips to team dinners, the team is there for you at any point. With a variety of personalities, your teammates will become your best friends and give you memories you will never forget.
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