Fall 2016

FALL 2016

Match Race Nationals (11/19/16 – 11/20/16)

After the mental bloodbath of MCSA Match Race Quals, the squad of Charles Bocklet, Cabell Sitter, Indigo Leslie and Ben Witman flew into beautiful San Diego on Thursday, November 17th accompanied by coach, Dave Elsmo. The team enjoyed some competitive mini golf and aggressive go-carting to get accustomed to head to head competition.

Day 1 of sailing featured very light conditions and 4/9 races of the round robin. The team faced Georgetown, Dartmouth, Boston College and Charleston in these races. Sadly, the team did not win any races against the tough teams, but many cobwebs were brushed away in the process.

Day 2 consisted of similar conditions. Wisconsin was able to secure a win against Washington College, putting them in a tie for 8th after the round robin was completed. The team won the tie breaker with Washington and Texas A&M and advanced into the petite round robin. The second-round robin was a knockout round with each matchup being best of three wins. Wisconsin faced Georgetown in the first round but the race committee called racing off for the day after only one race which Georgetown won by about a boat. Day three of racing started with the second race in the round and Wisconsin was able to draw a penalty in the prestart. Wisconsin stayed close until the second upwind when Georgetown started to pull away. Georgetown was able to create enough space to burn their penalty and finish ahead, knocking UW out of the competition. Georgetown eventually went on to beat Hobart in the finals. After getting knocked out of the regatta, Wisconsin was invited to take a ride on an M32 that had been cruising around the race area and all the team members and Coach Elsmo got a chance to steer. This was also Cabell’s first time sailing on a catamaran. All in all a great long weekend of sailing and great competition.

Singlehanded Nationals (11/5/16 – 11/6/16)

Two Wisconsin sophomores Korbin Kierstead and Charlie Kutschenreuter had the privilege of competing at the laser performance singlehanded nationals this past weekend at the university of Texas A&M Galveston, and it was a truly memorable trip for the duo. Coach Dave Elsmo also made the trek to Texas and was certainly a large help to Charlie on Friday night as he set up his brand new boat (all the boats were brand new and chartered from laser performance) and didn’t quite know how to rig the cunningham since Charlie’s boat he had been using for practice had a very simple hoofer style rigging, just one mere line. Friday consisted of just traveling, regatta check-in, the skippers meeting, and some delicious seafood fresh from the local waters. Sleep was hard to come by for the sailors not only because of the anxiety and excitement for the next day’s racing, but also the fact that the nation’s largest motorcycle rally, 500,000 bikers, was taking place at the same time as the regatta. Every five minutes or so throughout the night a pack would roll down the highway next to the hurricane proof sea scout base where the regatta was being held and the sailors were staying. Needless to say sleep was hard to come by that first night.

Saturday brought sunny skies, temperatures in the 80s, and great breeze which averaged around 12-14 MPH. The field was star-studded and included two Olympians from El Salvador and Peru respectively as well the defending champion and Wisconsin native Malcom Lamphere. With a potential for storms on Sunday, the race committee pushed hard to get in as many races as possible, by the end of the day ten races were complete and the sailors were exhausted. Seven hours of sailing with a mere 40-minute lunch break definitely pushed a lot of sailors to their physical limits by the end of the day. It was certainly an uphill battle for Korbin and Charlie, but after the first day they kept themselves positive and brought in many different lessons from the first day on the water.

Sunday brought a chance of storms, but they held off long enough for the last four races of the scheduled fourteen to be completed. Once again there was great breeze in the 14-16 MPH range and with nothing to lose the Wisco sailors brought a far more aggressive approach into the last day and began to push the limits of kinetics which really allowed them to hang much closer to the lead pack of boats. Korbin and Charlie finished 18th and 17th, but the event wasn’t all about the results for the young sailors. “I am just glad to have had an opportunity to sail against such tough competition and learn so much from this fleet. Seeing the way these guys are constantly working the boat to generate speed is really cool, and gives me a better understanding of what it’ll take for me to get competitive on the national level. Being able to battle it out with the lead pack of boats in the last couple races was awesome, and just makes me all that more excited to train for next year” Said Charlie Kutschenreuter after the event. Both sailors plan on attempting to return to nationals next year and use the experience gained this last weekend to better prepare themselves for an improved result.

Match Race Quals (10/22/16 – 10/23/16)

The team got to Detroit at 4pm Friday and practiced on the U20s.  We worked primarily on the sets and douses of the spinnaker in heavy breeze.  Then after some super market Shushi and pasta deals we got ready for some Match Racing.  The team consisted of Charles Booklet (Skipper), Ben Whitman (Bow), Indigo Leslie (Jib and Pit), and Cabell Sitter (Main and Spinnaker Trimmer).  Spinnakers were not allowed for the first day due to winds above 15mph.  Wisco lost the first two races of the day to Michigan State and Marquette…there was some confusion on the boat on starting signals and flags.  After that Wisco pulled out four straight wins and moved to the final four race off.  In the Final Four Wisco beat Michigan and Toledo comfortably.  After two races each, the race committee decided to cut short the final four and move straight into the Finals between Michigan State and Wisco, a best of three sail off.  In the first race Wisco drew a foul on the first downwind leg that led to a Wisco victory.  In a tight second race Wisco was edged out at the finish losing to MSU by three to four feet, which led to a sudden death race.  In the last race Wisco had a crush start into a commanding lead that was not broken and led to a finish by Wisco half a leg in front of MSU.  Disappointed by the outcome, MSU decided to protest Wisco because they were receiving coaching from Dave in between races, even though Dave was given permission to coach and given a coach boat by the race committee.  This forced the team to stay until the next morning in order for the protest to be heard by certified judges because there were not any judges on site for the regatta.  After a long session of finger pointing Sunday morning, the protest was dismissed and Wisco was confirmed as the victor.  The Team is excited to be moving on and are getting ready for Nationals in San Diego in the coming weeks.

Wisco Women’s (10/22/16 – 10/23/16) 

On Saturday, as the sun rose over our home turf, the Honey Badgers prepared to defend their territory after a long night of preparing for battle. The A team skippers Kate Klement and Cailin Considine for Honey Badgers 1 and 2 and their crews Brianna, Captain Korina, Alise, and Amelia, set out on their battle against a stubborn southwesterly shifty day. Bullets flew across the battlefield with Kate, and right behind was Cailin fighting off the gophers and the Irish. The bomb B team with Katy Z, and Marley behind the wheels and Nastya, Alice, Liz and Ally on deck, stuck to the front lines fighting between a tight first with those dang Gophers. As the wind started to die off (and continue to shift) it was truly a battle of speed and tactics. Playing the shifts was the make or break strategy for the day. The whole day ran smoothly thanks to a great volunteering team and awesome race organizers. At the end of the long day of racing, the sun started to set and the annoying whistle of Helen C White echoed through the campus. Kate and Katy stood their ground sitting in a first place overall, with Cailin and Marley right behind in fourth. Hopes were high and stomachs were empty, ready to be refueled for the next day.

On Sunday, similar wind patterns occurred throughout the day. The breeze was coming straight south from Memorial Union, but was steadily shifting more and more towards the west at 8 knots. Luckily, Claire had given a dope pep talk in the morning and told the sailors how to play the shifts. Throughout the day, the breeze grew more consistent with larger puffs and gave the women a chance to make major ab gains while hiking out. Perhaps the highlight of the weekend, though, came when the University of Ohio decided to head home. Instead of just taking their boat in for the day, Scotty and Ari were able to live the dream. Going skin to wind, the boys sailed the course at Wisco Women’s for the next three races. After finishing the sixth set for the weekend, Honey Badgers 1 ended in 1st overall and Honey Badgers 2 took 3rd (special shoutout to Amelia, Annie, and Katy Z for the bomb mason jar trophies).  A huge thank you goes out to our PRO Mark Prange who was accompanied by Bill Groskopf, as well as our alumni Whitney Kent who supplied an RIB and helped out this weekend as mark set. Even though there are still approximately 500 bagels left, the regatta was a great success and we can’t wait for next year!

Singlehanded Quals (10/15/16 – 10/16/16)

Saturday October 15th brought unseasonably warm temperatures and three Wisco sailors to the shores of Lake Michigan at Northwestern University for the MCSA Singlehanded Qualifier. Representing Wisconsin were sailors Korbin Kierstead, Megan McMahon, Charlie Kutschenreuter and even Dave Elsmo flew in from Bermuda, where he was visiting the team oracle sailing center, in order to coach the trio. There were three qualifying spots up for grabs on the men’s side, but only one spot on the women’s. Wisconsin’s competition on the men’s side consisted of one sailor from Washington University, two from Northwestern, and one from Grand Valley State University. On the women’s side there were two Michigan State sailors and one from Hope College.

Along with the warm temperatures of day one, there also came high winds of roughly 14-18 MPH out of the southwest. On the men’s side Charlie’s inexperience in the laser, this being his first laser regatta, was evident by the fact that he flipped over both before the first race and during the second downwind of the first race. He was able to bounce back however, and pushed his way closer to the top two sailors as the day went on. Consistently finding themselves in the top two were our own Korbin and the sailor from Wash U, James Harvey who is a senior that had won the event in his previous three years. By the end of the day the superior physical conditioning of the Wisconsin sailors was shown by a first and second finish in the last race. At the end of day, which consisted of seven races, Korbin found himself one point out of first and Charlie was in a solid third place well ahead of the rest of the fleet which struggled in the heavy breeze.

On the Women’s side Megan McMahon was in a battle with the sailor from Hope College. Megan had the disadvantage of being smaller and had issues with her tiller in the first two races but she battled hard throughout the entire day and pulled herself within one point of first by the end of the first day.

Needless to say the sailors were exhausted and struggled to stay awake as they watched the Badgers tragically lose to the Buckeyes from the basement in which they were staying. After some hydration and stretching the sailors hit the hay in preparation for day two.

Day two brought very light and variable conditions out of the southwest and only allowed for two subpar races to be sailed. It was anybody’s guess where the breeze would come from, and luck was a serious factor. On the women’s side Megan just didn’t quite have the luck to drift fastest on day two and finished the regatta in second, four points out of first and the only qualifying spot.

On the men’s side, Korbin was just a half-step behind the Wash U sailor in terms of boat-speed due to their weight differential. Unfortunately, he could not make a move into first but both Korbin and Charlie qualified for nationals by placing second and third respectively. Both sailors along with coach Dave Elsmo will be making the trek down to Texas A&M Galveston in order to compete at the National Championship on November 5th and 6th.

Trux (10/15/16 – 10/16/16)

On a brisk Friday morning, the clan of Badgers rolled out of Madison.  In a weird twist of fate, the 8 sailors got divided up evenly into two spacious mini vans (aka limos for four).  Noah Janssen and Erik Elliott were chauffeured in Limo 1, the Cool Van*, by Maggie Houtz and Korina Hendricks. Limo 2, the Extended Double Date Van, was manned by Charles Bocklet, Annie Sullivan, Kate Klement, and Mason Engnes. After a few unintentionally extended detours through the Pennsylvania wilderness, the sailors enjoyed the fall foliage and the rest of the drive passed quickly.  Our new favorite Navy family welcomed us into their home for the second weekend in a row, and we enjoyed a good night’s sleep in the best man cave of all time, (seriously, it had a urinal).  The next morning, we enjoyed beagles and bagels while preparing to face our first morning at the Naval Academy.

Under postponement, while waiting for the breeze to fill, the team spent time taking some nifty pictures. At 10:30ish racing commenced, leading to a long, janky, stressful, painful, wonderful, exciting, beautiful day on the water. Kate and Korina led the charge in A division sailing FJ’s, Charles and Maggie started the day in B division sailing z420’s, Noah made his collegiate Laser debut in division C, and Radial Annie made anther appearance in D division. Erik and Mason supplied the team with much needed muscles for emptying one Laser Radial of water, perfectly timed comedic relief, and much appreciated snack breaks. The wind was light out of the South clocking to the Southwest and racing was held in the river for the majority of the day. After an incredibly long day on the water, the team enjoyed their last race by the light of the moon (quite literally). Following a delicious meal supplied by Navy moms, the team returned to the Kennedy’s with anticipation brewing for the Wisconsin – Ohio State football game. Unfortunately, the Badgers fell a little short, but the close loss did nothing to damper spirits in Annapolis.

Sunday morning the team arose to the scent of fresh cinnamon rolls courtesy of Commander Larry – ya this family is awesome. Breeze on the second day was up and down, with several races being abandoned. However, six races were sailed in each division, with Mason and Erik sailing the last two sets due to the forecasted wind finally filling in.  Everyone threw down some improved race results on Sunday, and morale was moderately high as we got off the water at 3:00.  Maggie, in a well-intentioned attempt to help Noah de-rig his laser, tried to coil his mainsheet and instead fell through a crack in the Navy docks.  The team took this embarrassing incident as a sign it was time to head back to Madison, and the vans left the Naval Academy at about 3:30 in the afternoon, with their sights set on Chicago to stay the night.  All in all, despite the frustrations that come with fluky conditions, the team had fun this weekend in Annapolis and enjoyed the intense competition.

*This regatta report may or may not have been written by the cool van.

Davis Cup (10/15/16 – 10/16/16)      

On Friday evening, six Wisco sailors departed Madison to sail at the Davis Cup Regatta at Lake McBride State Park, Iowa, hosted by the University of Iowa. After the customary stop at Culver’s and meeting some curious Platteville folk, the team safely arrived at their hosts’ home for the evening. The weekend’s roster included A division skipper Alex Campbell, heavy crew Christopher Selzer, light crew Emily Anaya, and B division skipper Marley Crews-Hill, heavy crew Peter Sauer, and light crew Maurine Butler.

After an early rising Saturday morning, the team arrived at Lake McBride to what they hoped would be heavy conditions. The wind was approximately 8 knots with highly unpredictable shifts and strong gusts by the time the A Team made their way to the course. The A Team’s first two races were met with favorable conditions and Alex Campbell and Christopher Selzer finished fourth and third. The wind began to decrease dramatically by the time the B division began their first two races, with Marley Crews-Hill and Peter Sauer finishing sixth both times. Alex Campbell and Christopher Selzer returned to the course to very light and variable wind conditions resulting in a strongly left favored course. After facing significant side slipping and sporadic “dead zones”, the A Team was able to finish in fifth and sixth place. After a B team crew swap, Marley Crews-Hill and Maurine Butler attempted two failed rotations in nearly non-existent wind before sailing was called for the day. The team returned to their quarters to recuperate, enjoy some tasty calzones for dinner, and watch the Badger game (and do organic chemistry homework).

Starting with another early Sunday morning, the team arrived at a foggy, glassy Lake McBride. There was no wind to speak of until about ten o’clock when the fog lifted and a ripping breeze of about three to four knots developed. The day began with the light B Team, who pulled off two sixth place finishes and then rounded out the morning with a fourth and another sixth. The light A team Alex Campbell and Emily Anaya finished their morning set with two fifth places, rounding out the regatta. The Wisconsin Team placed fifth place overall against some very solid competition.

David Lee Arnoff at Hobart and William Smith (10/8/16 – 10/9/16)

Wisco left for Hobart super early at 6:00 am but Chris slept in a little bit due to IOS 10 battery life difficulties so we ended up leaving a little later. We were able to drive all the way to Toledo before stopping at 5 guys and got some really good burgers. After 12 hours of driving, we arrived at Chris’s house with pizza waiting for us thanks to Chris’s dad. He also had a really cute dog.

Saturday morning we got up and headed to the regatta. Some of Korbin and Noah’s ILYA friends were also there so it was nice for them to catch up. The lake we sailed on was extremely long (37.9 mi) and only 1.9 mi wide. The day started with Korbin Kierstead and Christ Haisch sailing in A division and Noah Janssen and Emma Zalog in B division. In the morning, for the 1st set, the breeze was around 10 knots but since the wind was coming from the south, there were really big waves. In the second set, in the middle of the B fleet race, there was an almost 180-degree shift towards the north, causing us to go downwind on the upwinds and upwind on the downwinds. That race was abandoned and the course was reset. The reset race was also a little interesting because waves were still coming from the south, so we were going against the waves on the downwinds. For the 3rd set of races, the wind died off to around 3-5 knots but then completely died when coming in for the day. We all then de-rigged the boat, hiked up the large hill back to the car, and headed back to Chris’s house where his dad made us super good spaghetti and homemade meatballs and sauce that was on the stove all day. There also was a really cool looking sunset over the lake if you didn’t see Korbin, Noah or Emma’s story.

On Sunday we went back to Lake Seneca where Noah fell down the hill on the way to the boathouse. The breeze was around 10 knots and built to around 15 by the end of the day. It shifted a lot throughout all of the races and having a good start and getting a clear lane was extremely important. After 7 races each, we headed back to Madison with very tasty oatmeal cookies and pumpkin bread with chocolate chips (thanks again to Chris’s fantastic family). It was delicious.

Overall it was a really good regatta, and we had tons of fun going out east.

Streufert Team Race (10/8/16 – 10/9/16)

Saturday: No wind, so race committee postponed race for several hours. By mid afternoon, the wind was gusting 1 knot, so race committee cancelled Saturday’s competition. However, Wisco did compete in Ultimate Frisbee!

Sunday: Wind picked up from Saturday, so the race was on. Conditions were challenging, with massive wind shifts. The course was set for only 8 minutes in order to get a full set in one day, even after Wisco protested to RC. The short course made for difficult timing. Wisco One took 4th, and Wisco Two took 6th.

Navy Women’s Fall (10/8/16 – 10/9/16)

As Hurricane Mathew approached the East Coast so did the Honey Badgers. Two veteran travelers led the charge; our captain, Korina Hendricks and senior Kate Klement. Making her skippering debut, Cailin Considine, and ICSA debut, Charlie Childs, along with freshman, Olivia Staruck. In C division, senior Megan McMahon sailed the Laser Radial. We arrived to a Navy host home, where Jana and Larry Kennedy fed us a delicious home cooked meal. We started the day on Saturday with yummy French toast, graciously made for us by our host family. Saturday brought light and variable winds from 3-5 mphs and rain. We sailed 9 races in each division with short breaks in between each set of 3 races. A division sailed FJ’s, B division sailed z420’s, and C division sailed Laser Radials. We finished up racing around 4:45 and were fed dinner by volunteers at the Naval Academy. After a warm dinner we walked around downtown Annapolis and looked at the boat show, and finished the day with some much deserved ice cream. Back at the house, we had a relaxing night of homework, and watching some football with our wonderful host family. Sunday came bright and early, and we drove to the Academy hoping for better weather. When we arrived, it was cloudy with winds of 20-30 mph and big gusts. The race committee changed the plan for the day, and we only sailed z420’s and left the FJ’s on shore. A division went out and sailed 3 races, taking a bullet in the 3rd race. B fleet went out shortly after and were met with heavier winds. After a few capsizes in the first two races, they decided to come in and warm up, instead of risking their safety and energy in the water. At the end of the day, A fleet ended up sailing 5 races, B didn’t finish their races, but had fun on the water and gained valuable heavy air experience, and C division sailed 5 races also. After a wet and windy day on the water, the Honey Badgers made their way back to the car to prepare for the drive home. Overall, Navy Women’s was a fun and eventful weekend full of extreme weather conditions that brought out the best in all of us.

Pere Marquette (10/1/16 – 10/2/16)

On a rainy Friday evening, 17 sailors and one regatta mom headed to Milwaukee for the Pere Marquette Race. G times were had by all on the ride down, especially in car two, who had the most raging of playlists, bar none. After all stopping at the same Walmart to obtain some lit regatta attire (including Cabell’s cat shirt and a box of 26 ring pops), the vans settled into our host’s apartments for a night full of board games, knitting, and late night Q-doba where one of our fellow sailors learned that they don’t make quesadillas at the famous Mexican food venue.

Saturday’s wind conditions were light and we were postponed for an hour due to a storm. Just as postponement was winding down, the great Whitney Kent graced us with her presence and helped send off the A division -Tommy Groskopf and Katharine Madigan (Wisco 1), CAT DADDY and Emma Zalog (Wisco 2), and Ari Tessitore and Thomas Kelly (Wisco 3). In B fleet -Noah Janssen and Susan Luo (Wisco 1), Katy Zimmerman and Liz Ciborowski (Wisco 2), and Scott Sazama and Brianna Probst (Wisco 3) were all very competitive with each other and particularly enjoyed taking a 1,2,3 sweep in race 4. The heavy crews -Cinco Campbell, Drew Hollender, Charlie Childs (Girl Charlie/Chuck), Chris Haisch, and Peaches (Soren) Hughes (who did not move from the couch all day)- had a great time bonding, playing tanks, eating all the sandwiches their heart’s desired, watching football, and sleeping.

We then witnessed the carnage that was the Wisconsin Michigan game at Regatta mom’s home where we met the whole squad featuring her incredible parents, wonderful grandma, and adorable dog. The dog quickly won over the hearts of everyone and took a special liking to freshman Thomas Kelly, aka TK. They were seen cuddling all night long. We feasted on an incredible homemade meal and had a cuddle sesh until everyone ptfo-ed.

Day two began with a classic “rise and rage” wake up call featuring the air horn app and strobe lights. Wind conditions were still pretty light on Sunday but we decided to give the heavy crews a chance and B headed out for the first set of the day. Wisco 2 B team Charlie Childs and Katy Zimmerman described sailing Sunday morning as feeling like “we were showering for an hour, or producing cold sweat”. The rain continued but provided some cool fog and the occasional puff. A special celebrity appearance was made by alumna Katlyn Putney (aka KP) which made us all sail extra fast. When all was said and done Wisco came out with a 2nd place finish overall by Wisco 1, and a tie for 4th by Wisco 2 and 3.  In A division we finished 4th (Wisco 1), 6th (Wisco 3) and 8th (Wisco 2).  And B division finished with 1st (Wisco 2), 2nd (Wisco 1) and 4th (Wisco 3).  We finished off a great weekend with a trip to Kopp’s to celebrate all our great achievements this weekend then sent it back home to Madison. The weekend goals of “have fun, be yourself, and make new friends” were all accomplished. A special thanks to Marquette for hosting a great regatta, Korina and her family for providing a fantastic Saturday evening/Sunday morning, and our alumnae visitors Katlyn and Whitney. Go go Wisco!

Danmark Trophy (10/1/16 – 10/2/16)

After a nuking day on Lake Mendota, six sailors and our fearless leader Coach Dave set out for the Coast Guard Academy.  They were in such a rush to get there, their progress was temporarily delayed by a brief and tearful run in with the Ohio Law Enforcement.  When we finally arrived in Connecticut, we dropped Dave off at arguably the sketchiest hotel on the eastern seaboard – location: the middle of the woods.  CJ and Kimble Bocklet and Mia and Dean McSherry welcomed us into their home and made us feel welcome with some pulled pork sandwiches, and the sailors ended their night with a hilarious game of Cards Against Humanity.  Mason Engnes’ sass led him to a decisive victory.

Thanks to the very late start time on Saturday to account for Coast Guard’s homecoming, the Wisco sailors were able to sleep in, eat a good breakfast, and leisurely make their way to the venue.  We were skeptical about the 8 gusting to 28 forecast, but when we got there it proved extremely accurate.  In the morning, the current was ripping and the shifts were huge.  This put a precedent on aggressive starts and staying on the favored tack.  Charles Bocklet started the day with Erik Elliot in A-Division in FJs, and Charlie Kutschenreuter began with Mason Engnes in B-Division in Z420s.  The wind died down soon however, and Maggie Houtz was rotated in with Charles, while freshmen Olivia Staruck made her ICSA debut with Charlie.  The wind all day Saturday was extremely puffy, which required frequent setting changes and constant crew movement.  The race committee at Coast Guard did a great job getting races off on Saturday, and each division completed 10 races.  While we were sailing, we were in radio silence, staying out of touch with the world so the score of the Wisconsin-Michigan game wouldn’t be ruined for us, and drove home immediately after the day to watch it on DVR.

Sunday morning had an earlier start than Saturday in an effort to get off another ten races, and when the team rolled up to the regatta site, the conditions were much better than forecasted with a steady 5-10 knots and a lighter current than we experienced the day before.  Charles and Maggie headed out onto the Thames in Z420s, and Charlie and Olivia went out in FJs.  The wind shifted left gradually, and with practically every sailor fighting for the pin, the race committee called general recall after general recall.  As the day went on, the breeze slowly died while the current picked up, and the sailors floated on the river for what seemed like several hours until the day was finally called off at 3 PM.  All in all, 15 races were sailed over the course of the weekend, and the Wisco sailors learned a lot from the challenging conditions and had fun sailing with some of the best college sailors in the nation.

St. Mary’s College of Maryland Interconference (9/25/2016 – 9/25/2016)

“Maggie and the Boiz” departed Madison around 5:30 PM on Thursday, narrowly avoiding Dave’s first team run in years.  After Noah Janssen paid the equivalent of a year’s tuition in tolls, the team spent a lovely night in beautiful Toledo, Ohio.  The next day passes slowly as the team completed their cross-country drive, but eventually they made it to their hotel in Lexington Park, Maryland, and went to bed early to rest up for the weekend of racing.

Saturday morning dawned bright and EARLY, with Wisco arriving to the regatta site a good hour before the next team (shoutout to Maggie).  The temperature was pleasant and the breeze looked promising to build throughout the day.  Charles Bocklet and Maggie Houtz started in A-Divison in Z420s, while Noah Janssen and Mason Engnes started in B-Divison in FJs.  The race committee did a good job getting races off on Saturday, with each division sailing ten, and switching fleets after nine races.  The first day, the wind was all over the place, with geographic puffs and shifts coming in – this allowed for large gains and losses on every leg.  Bocklet and Houtz had some tough starts with being over the line twice, but were able to fight back and get some top ten finishes, while Janssen and Engnes contended with fluky puffs and totally random shifts to hold their own in the competitive fleet. Erik Elliott and Chris Haisch had an excellent vantage point to view the racing from St. Mary’s beautiful facilities, and they coached the sailors when they came in between sets.  They also provided morale-boosting football updates as the Badgers asserted their dominance in the Big Ten by trouncing the Spartans 30-6.  Saturday night, the team had a satisfying dinner at Buffalo Wild Wings, then stopped by Walmart to get the “cheapest groceries around” (- Charlie Kutschenreuter).  On the way to checkout, they were distracted when Team Fashionista Maggie pointed out some “dope” sky blue joggers.  Somehow, the team walked away with 8 pairs.  Once back at the hotel, all snuggled up in their matching joggers, the weekend continued with the third Star Wars movie of the trip.

Sunday Morning came quickly, and even though the forecast looked dismal, the day started with great breeze and Erik Elliot went with Charles in A-Division, while Chris Haisch sailed with Noah in B’s.  Day two definitely had an oscillating shift as the wind dwindled down, and picking the correct side of the course was vital, as was anticipating where the wind would go next.  Unfortunately, as the day went on, the breeze died to its predicted 2-5 knots, and by 1:00 PM, the race committee had a hard time getting a race off.  By the end of the day, only four additional races were completed in each division due to the lackluster conditions, and Wisco ended the regatta in 16th place.  All in all, it was a great weekend of learning experiences for the Wisco sailors, as it was some people’s first ICSA regatta, and it put into perspective what we can bring to the rest of the fall season.

Great Lakes Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta (GLIOR) (9/25/2016 – 9/25/2016)

Daddy Cab, Skipper Meg, Hairy Ari, One Pump D-Go, Peaches “Soren”, and Bow Bitch Ben drove down to Chicago at the worst time of day.  Fortunately, after four hours of traffic we arrived at Columbia Yacht Club, which oddly enough looks like a Steam Ship, and were allowed to sail on a sleek T10 of the name MASH (Thanks Ron!!).  The dinner provided the first night was off the chain, with a star appearance of some beautiful tater tots.  After dinner we made our way to our quarters for the evening, which was graciously offered to us by none other than John Kinzel and Harrison. (P.S. they have an awesome cat named skipper, the only issue was that three out of the six of us that stayed there are very allergic to cats) (P.P.S. we were able to concur our allergies by devouring Benadryl, that stuff is amazing)

The conditions during the first day of racing was fairly consistent north east breeze of 7-10kts, and absurd sized waves that came from every direction; forward, backwards, and sideways.  Our three newbie crewmen were taken to school by the amazing Amy and by the end of the first two races The Triple B was swinging his carbon fiber pole left and right, Hairy Ari was a pit monkey, and Peaches (after a short bout of sea sickness) trim the port Jib sheets like a champ.  With each race we improved on our crew work and finished farther up the fleet.  By the end of the first day the team sat tied in 6th.

The second day gave us similar conditions but a wind out of the south east direction.  The crew work continued to improve and we raced very well in perfect conditions.  After the three races on the last day the team sat in 6th place overall.  We were batter and bruised, but overall very satisfied with how much we improved in such a short amount of time.

Timme Angsten (9/25/2016 – 9/25/2016)

On Friday September 23rd, the Wisconsin Sailing Team left Madtown to sail Timme Angsten Inter-conference at Belmont Yacht Club in Chicago, Illinois. Sailing A division was skipper Korbin Kierstead with crews Olivia Staruck, and Hayden Frentzel. In B division was skipper Zach Miller with crews Emily Anaya, and Jonathan Thickens.

Races proceeded Saturday morning around 9:30 on Lake Michigan. Winds were East at 10 knots with heavy chop. The waves were crashing into the breakwall that ran along the shore, and flowing back to the race course. This caused a course that reminded us of a washing machine, with waves coming from every direction. Korbin Kierstead and Olivia Staruck sailed well in the morning, scoring a 4, 2, 2, 2 to start the regatta. Zach Miller, with crew Emily Anaya, also had a great start with a 3, 3, 2, 4. Early morning conditions were certainly the best of the day. As the sun rose and heated up the city a thermal counteracted the east breeze, and winds died to around 5 knots. Light winds and heavy chop was challenging but the team managed well, throwing in a bullet in both A and B division. Both skippers commented on the starting challenges, saying that timing the start with the massive waves and rip current was nearly impossible. Eight races were completed in A division and 6 in B division. At the end of day one Wisconsin was in first place by four points with Korbin and Zach sitting 2nd in their prospective divisions. After eating some Chicago pizza the team met up with some other Wisco sailors who were competing at Great Lakes Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta. With not much more than a foosball table, we were all still able to have a great night.

Sunday morning brought nice South-Southeast wind. B divisions shoved off at 9:15, and races began promptly at 9:45. Heavy wind crews Hayden and Jonathan were able to sub in for a rotation, but winds did not hold, and the light crews were brought back out. After some consistent sailing, Korbin and Olivia closed out the regatta with a bullet in the last rotation, finishing 2nd in A division. Zach with crews Jonathan and Emily, sailed a great sunday morning also finishing 2nd in their division. It was a battle to stay ahead of a lot of top Midwest skippers, but the team managed very well in tough conditions. The team finished 2nd overall, with Northwestern finishing 1st.

Stu Nelson Women’s (9/17 – 9/18)

The journey to Stu Nelson’s Women’s Regatta hosted by Connecticut College was lined with beautiful early fall foliage setting the scene for an excellent weekend on the water. The conditions on day one were sunny with steady southeasterly breeze with mid-70’s temperature. The race course was square but the Honey Badger’s had a difficult time managing the current pushing boats over the line. Sailing in A’s were Seniors Kate Klement and Captain Korina Hendricks, sailing B’s were Junior Annie Sullivan and Senior Amelia Shankwitz, Freshman Kathrine Madigan and Sophomore Cailin Considine also represented the Honey Badgers for their first time.

Day one definitely had its highs and lows-but overall the Honey Badgers felt like they “could hang” with the competition. The wind velocity maintained a steady 8 mph with puffs ranging from 10 to 12 mph which gave the team a chance to stretch their legs. The day was ended with Italian cuisine and healthy quantities of New London’s best ice cream.

Day two began with traditional Starbucks fare and overcast but very warm weather. The wind was less cooperative on day 2, clocking to the West which sent the race committee scrambling to re-set a fair course. The B’s started the racing for the day and adapted to the shifty Westerly like they would if they were on an inland lake. Racing proceeded throughout the day with a few delays to reset the course to accommodate the changing wind direction. The A division came off the water feeling confident in their abilities and felt like they “had a strong finish” according to Hendricks. The B fleet finished the racing for the weekend and was fired up about having a top finish in the last set but was left hungry for more.

Buckeye Invite (9/17 – 9/18)

The Badgers arrived to a warm welcome late the night of the 16th at The Ohio State University for the Buckeye Classic. At the Hoovers Sailing club, the mixed team of freshman and upperclassmen raced against Northern Michigan, Western Michigan, Michigan State, Toledo, and OSU. Scotty Sullivan, Ben Whitman, and Logan Pearlman held down the A fleet while Katy Zimmerman, Thomas Kelly, and Charlie Childs sailed in B’s. Saturday was the first and only day of races on the small lake. The conditions were building and shifty all day, with winds reaching 20+ knots in the puffs. The team sailed well and remained in the top of the fleet, but the short course with high winds meant that any mistakes made, at the starting line or at anticipating shifts, would cost dearly. At the end of the day, the teams sailed 8 races in each fleet. Toledo took the gold, while Wisconsin placed third after losing the tiebreaker with Michigan.

Fall Fury (9/10 – 9/11)

It was a dreary early September morning as the rain came down while the sailors arrived at the Memorial Union at the magnificent University of Wisconsin-Madison for Fall Fury, the first regatta of the fall season. Every team chowed down on the plentiful supply of bagels and cream cheese and prepared for the long day of sailing that was in-store for them. Wisconsin Red and Wisconsin White, among ten other MCSA teams, embarked on the pristine waters of Lake Mendota for the first day of racing. The day’s action was wet and wild due to intermittent rain and shine, along with the ripping breeze that built as the day went on. Wisco’s teams had an abundance of youth with all skippers and crews but two being underclassmen, and six freshman getting their first taste of collegiate sailing action.

Wisco Red had sophomore Charlie Kutschenreuter skippering the A division with freshman Olivia Staruck and senior Mason Egnes crewing, along with freshman Zach Miller skippering the B division with crews Megan McMahon (sr.) and Alise Mintz (so.). The youngest Kutsch struggled early in the day, blowing a couple of leads and committing an unfortunate foul which lead to his worst race of the day. However, he was able to bounce back and snag some bullets to end the day and finish just three points back of UW Milwaukee’s Parker Trepton for first place. In B Division, Freshman Zach Miller won his first career race and sailed well to finish the day second overall, just one point behind Marquette’s Ryan Clulo. Wisco Red finished the day in first overall just four Points ahead of Milwaukee. For Wisco White, in division A, skipper Soren (Peaches) Hughes with crews Chris Haisch and Emily Anaya stated slow but rallied as the wind started to crank and moved up to seventh for the day. Wisco White’s B division began the day with a boat full of freshman, skipper Jacob Stout and crew Katherine Madigan. However, during the fourth race an epic death roll during the first downwind rendered Jacob unable to sail due to a head injury, so fellow freshman Zach Mclenathan took over the helm with another freshman Logan Pearlman crewing. Despite the heavy winds, the freshman held their own and Wisco White finished the day seventh overall. Eight quality races were sailed in the A division and six were finished in the B’s meaning they would sail first the next morning.

Day two arrived and once again the breakfast consisted of Einstein’s bagels with cream cheese.  Although the lake was glass as the Wisconsin sailors groggily arrived to rig the boats, by the time the first race was scheduled to happen a beautiful south breeze had filled in on Mendota and the B division was sailing. Freshman Zach Miller experienced the difficulty of the shifty south breeze and struggled slightly throughout the five races sailed. Despite the ups and downs, Zach with crews Megan and Alise finished fourth in the B division showing a lot of promise for his upcoming years on the team! Charlie battled it out with Parker in A division but came up short and finished second overall. There’s no word yet whether or not he will be allowed to keep the Kutschenreuter name. Wisco Red couldn’t hold their lead and ended the regatta second overall.  Wisco White had an appearance of yet another freshman as Nathan Cunningnham took over skippering for his first collegiate sailing experience. Little changed in Wisco white’s sailing as they cemented themselves into seventh overall for the regatta on day two.

All in all, it was a great regatta to kick off the fall season and gave a lot of up and coming sailors on the team valuable experience. Sophomores Noah Janssen and Tommy Groskopf did and excellent job as the regatta coordinators and once again Wisconsin hosted a great regatta.