Regatta Reports

Fall 2017

Wisco Women’s (10/21/17 – 10/22/17)

The Wisco Women’s regatta this year showed the best that Madison has to offer! Saturday was unseasonably warm and sunny, and the southern breeze brought big shifts and huge puffs. A Division skipper Andrea Sullivan with crews Maggie Houtz and Charlie Childs and B Division skipper Katy Zimmerman with crew Nastya May and Rebekah Janssen had a fantastic weekend for Wisco Red, coming in first overall! Sailing Wisco White was A Division skipper Cailin Considine with crews Coco Collins and Sydney Sauer and B Division skipper Caroline Skotarzak with crew Alise Mintz and Emily Anaya came in second overall, close behind Wisco Red. It was a weekend full of many conditions; everyone got a chance to hit the water, there were capsizes, and even tacking duels between teammates. The wind was shifty and variable but spirits were high and everyone had a blast. Go Go Wisco!!

Truxton Umsted (10/14/17 – 10/15/17)

After a fun Thursday night, the team left in two sedans for the 4 division Trux regatta at the Naval Academy. Olivia Staruck, Tye Ruban, Erin Sullivan, and Thomas Kelly drove down in car 1, and Noah Janssen, Bri Probst, and Zach Miller in car 2. The team stayed at Tye’s family’s house in Arnold, Annapolis where we swam in the Severn River and warmed up in the hot tub. The sailing was sub-par at the regatta, where the light wind, washing machine chop, and top notch competition challenged the rookie squad. Noah, the only upperclassmen on the trip, skippered in A’s with Bri. While Tye and Zach rotated skippering with Olivia in B’s. Erin and Tk sailed the radial and full rig lasers with little to no experience, but stuck with the fleets and each pulled out a couple mid-fleet races. The team kept morale high by making new friends, having a good sense of humor, and exploring Annapolis for dinner!

David Lee Arnoff Trophy (10/7/17 – 10/8/17)

The David Lee Arnoff regatta was held at Hobart and William Smith on October 7th and 8th. Will Huerth, Anna Thickens and Alise Mintz sailed in A’s, with Tommy G, Katharine Madigan, and Thomas Kelly in B’s. The team arrived Friday night, warmly welcomed by their friends on the Hobart team. Feeling great Saturday morning, the light wind crews saddled up for the small breeze coming in from the south over the 38-mile Lake Seneca. The Wisco sailor’s intimidation for their varsity competition quickly subsided once they found their groove on the first day. While frustrated with the initial results, the morale was high and our two inland skippers were incredibly driven. On the second day, the wind was building and came right off-shore over a huge hill. The shifty conditions were tough to sail in, but favored Tommy G and Will’s lake sailing experience. Both improved with each race, and came away from the regatta excited to sign up for more trips out east.

Navy Women’s Fall (10/7/17 – 10/8/17)

It was a Friday Morning when six Honey Badgers hit the road towards Annapolis, Maryland for Navy Fall Women’s (now renamed the Jen Harris Navy Fall Women’s). After classic miscommunication with Fleet and DOA, the ladies got a late start and set off in two mid-sized sedans, again. Lots of snacks and low maintenance vibes were the only things keeping us all sane throughout the journey. Late Friday evening we arrived to warm pizza and hilarious stories from our Navy family, Jana and Larry Kennedy. Jan and Lar fueled our bodies as we saddled up for a weekend full of wind and waves. A-Division Carolyn Keck, Bri Probst and Larissa Carroll, B-Division Annie Sullivan and Maggie Houtz and C-Division Erin Sullivan arrived to tough conditions on Saturday consisting of high winds out of the east and insane chop from wind and huge boats going half-throttle right through the race course. Though the circumstances were not in our favor, the team pulled out numerous top 10 finishes and were sitting in 14th going into day 2. The next day brought same sized waves with much less wind which made it hard to push through the frustrating chop. Erin made huge improvements sailing a few top 10’s in the Laser, Carolyn and Larissa sailed a solid 5th place finish in A Division, and Annie and Maggie threw down a race win! Morale was boosted, but unfortunately our place was not. We finished in 14th overall and immediately hit the road towards Madison.

Match Race Quals (10/7/17 – 10/8/17)

After a grueling week of The Biggest Loser – Wisco Sailing Edition, the team set out for Sheboygan, Wisconsin with the coach boat in tow. Upon hearing the news that weigh-ins were to happen immediately upon arrival, Dave put his pedal to the metal. After a successful weigh-in the team did their best to gain back the seven pounds that they were under-weight before hitting the water for a Friday evening practice in Sonars. A feast awaited the team at the Wake’s house where they prepared for a forecasted wild day on the water.

Saturday morning arrived and the team was greeted with rainy conditions with highs in the low 60’s and gusts into the mid 20’s. After some wise words from Coach Dave, the team set out to win the day. Senior Cabell Sitter took the tiller and led the team of Junior Cailin Considine on main, Senior Erik Elliott in the pit, and Junior Alex Campbell on the bow, out into the six-foot swells. Wisco came out guns blazing with a resounding victory over Michigan. After that followed wins against Ohio, Marquette, and Michigan State. The first test for the team came against Northwestern. After a close race, the Wildcats unfortunately edged the Badgers out at the end. To rebound from a difficult loss, the Badgers threw down a crush start against Minnesota. As the team fought to maintain the advantage in the grueling conditions, the inevitable occurred. Minnesota’s tiller cleaved into two and the team was given redress for a re-race the next day. Saturday gave the green faced and seasick team harsh conditions but they persevered by cowboying through adversity and puking over the side while surfing waves into the entry box.

Sunday morning the team showed up in style, rocking pink short-sleeve bangers for breast cancer (button-up shirts). The team struggled in the new and ideal conditions the next day, losing close races to Minnesota and Michigan. After a refocus and re-evaluation they picked it up and threw down some decisive wins. The final race of the 2nd round robin pitted Wisconsin against Northwestern. Wanting revenge, Wisco murdered Northwestern at the start and extended the lead into a qualifying spot for the finals. Unfortunately, Wisco could not carry the momentum through until the end, losing two photo-finish races to Michigan in the finals. Wisconsin finished 2nd overall, missing out on the qualifying spot for Nationals. The team learned a tremendous amount and everyone is looking forward to continuing match racing, either through Wisco or after college. Congratulations to Michigan for qualifying and good luck at Nationals!

Pere Marquette (9/30/17 – 10/1/17)

Over the weekend eleven sailors from Wisco headed to Milwaukee, WI to compete in the Pere Marquette regatta. On Saturday, the wind was light but teams were on edge to get out on the water. A division was able to get in 9 races, while B division got in 8. At the beginning of the day, Wisco 1A skipper Tommy G and crew Katharine Madigan started off in the front of the pack and ended the day with five first place finishes! Wisco 2B Peter Sauer and Robin Ritchey rallied back after an OCS to end the day with three first place finishes. Off the water, heavy crews stayed busy socializing, watching badger football, and going on unplanned adventures. At the end of the night, the Wisco team got together in MKE for a team dinner. 

Sunday morning was a surprised with a big wind increase of around 13-15 knots, allowing the heavy crew members Zach Childs and Thomas Kelly to show their skills on the water. Only 4 races for B division and 2 races for A division were sailed on Sunday, but Wisco 2A skipper Patrick Schmidt and crew Jack Barnes started the day off with a first place and second place finish despite a skewed race course. Wisco 1B Katy Zimmerman and Thomas Kelly had 2 top three finishes as well. To end the weekend, Wisco 1 and 2 had first and second place finishes respectively in division A, and Wisco 1 and 2 had first and fourth place finishes respectively in division B. Overall Wisco 2 sealed a third place ranking with Wisco 1 placing first and winning Pere Marquette!

Danmark Trophy (9/30/17 – 10/1/17)

It was a Thursday night after race day when five badgers hopped into a spaciously stow’n’goed dodge caravan, ready for 16 hours of eastbound fun. A-Division Charlie Kutschenreuter, Olivia Staruck, and Hayden Frentzel and B-Division Annie Sullivan and Erik Elliott set out towards New London, CT for the 75th annual Danmark Trophy. We hit the road around 7pm and sent it to Perrysburg, Ohio for the night. While approaching, dark cornfields and a lack of street lights caused a loss of hope but suddenly the Travel Inn appeared and a cozy night’s stay awaited. Friday night we arrived in Connecticut pumped for some tough ICSA sailing and treated ourselves to fine local dining, fish fry and milkshakes. The forecast called for scattered thunderstorms and crisp fall temperatures on Saturday. Both divisions were focused on good starts to stay with the competitive fleet while maintaining good boat speed in the shifty and puffy conditions on the Thames River. While dodging storm cells all day, both fleets sailed 8 competitive races. Saturday after racing we fueled ourselves with Italian cuisine and spent the night watching Bridesmaids and relaxing. On Sunday after 10 hours of sleep, we arrived at Coast Guard to warmer weather and sunny skies with a much more consistent breeze direction out of the North. We sailed 5 races before racing was postponed and eventually abandoned for the day because of dying breeze and an inconsistent direction. Despite the tough sailing, the badgers were able to keep her movin’ throughout the regatta and take back lots of new skills and learning moments to the rest of the Wisco team.

GLIOR (9/23/17 – 9/24/17)

This past weekend was different change in pace for some of the Wisconsin Sailing Team. Six racers travelled down to Corinthian Yacht Club to compete in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta. 15 schools took to the starting line in Tarton 10s, a 35-foot keel boat with a symmetrical spinnaker. We put a team together about a week in advance. The crew consisted of Scotty Sullivan on main, Soren Hughes on Jib, Alex Campbell on spinnaker, Jonathan Thickens dancing on bow, and slippery Ari Tessitore running the tapes in the squirrel position. Every single one of these guys were absolutely flawless throughout the regatta. The boat practically steered itself, I barely touched the helm. Despite our inexperience racing these big keel boats, the team got the kinks out early and figured out how to put that 7,000 lb beast into high gear. Special thanks to boat owner, Michael Better and Assistant Coach Adam for teaching us how to put her on the breeze. These guys provided the whole team with some really great feedback that allowed us to snag two race wins. As a team, we had one motto going into the weekend, that motto was “Keep Her Ripping.” The breeze was fairly light throughout the regatta, around 7-10kts with minimal waves. We knew these boats took some time to get going so we constantly worked hard to keep her on her feet. Since there was very little to no room for gains up and down the race course, the starts were very crucial. By the end of the regatta, everyone aboard was communicating really well. Everybody was dialed in and the boat felt great. After 7 close races, we ended up taking home the bronze, 7 points out of 1st. GLIOR was a phenomenal event and really has us wanting more off shore racing opportunities like this in the collegiate circuit. OnWISCONSIN and remember to always keep her ripping.

St. Mary’s Fall Interconference (9/23/17 – 9/24/17)

After a rolling start race day, six of the best-looking people on the Wisconsin Sailing team headed to the south side of Chicago to stay at Noah Janssen’s aunt’s house. Because of their good looks and great humor, they were greeted with ice cream, that proceeded to give JT lots of weird dreams. The next morning, the team sent it all the way to Maryland. Many cows were married but most of them buried, leaving Carolyn Keck as the champion of “My Cows”. Carolyn got the deal of the century on a Holiday Inn Express only 8 miles from the site that had complimentary breakfast.

Saturday morning was pretty light wind, but after an extended lunch and spike ball break, the wind picked up and the heavy crews, Erik Elliot and Thomas Kelly, got their chance to shine. Competition was tough and both fleets had a lot of close finishes. That night, the team enjoyed too many breadsticks at Olive Garden and fell asleep to the third Indiana Jones. The breeze didn’t pick up Sunday morning until around 11:00. A division, Carolyn and Emma Zalong, were able to get a set in but B division, Noah and Kate Britt had to abandon the 2nd race of their set. As A division and TK enjoyed a nice swim in the river, B division was sent out to attempt to finish their set, only to have their race abandoned at the 2-minute warning during the starting sequence. “I had a lot of fun at my first ICSA regatta. It was my first time in an FJ but I picked it up as quickly as possible. I am looking forward to getting back to Mendota to practice more roll tacks and perfect my jib trim”, says Freshman Kate Britt.

Nevin’s Trophy (9/16/17 – 9/17/17)

It was Thursday, September 14th and six homeless Wisco sailors departed from Madison, Wisconsin en route to Kings Point, NY to sail in the Nevin’s Trophy regatta. There were 3 division including 420s, FJs, and a lonely laser. After a brief trip to Chicago the first night and a pleasant stay with the Honey Badgers at Noah’s aunt’s house, the team powered up and hammered out the remaining 12 hour drive. Thanks to Zach Miller’s home roots as a FIB, Bri and the boiz arrived promptly at the Bocklet’s ocean-side house at approximately 8:30pm on Friday night. To our pleasant surprise, there was a pizza party, fresh clams, and grilled jalapenos with Joe Kutsch and Molly Forbes (whom TK thought was really hot), waiting for the team when we got there.

As per usual, Wisco arrived promptly at Merchant Marine Academy early on Saturday morning. Despite the bleak forecast, there were ten races sailed across all divisions in 5-7 knots with increasing current throughout the day. The competition was tough, but the team progressed and learned from guest coaches Joe Kutsch and Molly Forbes. After a long day of racing, the team returned to the Bocklet’s house where we were once again provided with an abundance of food. Thanks to our guest coaches, we had a quick debrief and turned in for an early night to prepare for Sunday.

Day 2 came with plenty of food, but little wind. After a brief postponement, the breeze filled in to nearly identical conditions as the previous day and all divisions got in another 5 races. Overall, the conditions presented to the Badgers were difficult and unlike the Midwest. We gained lots of insight and are excited to return to Wisconsin with emphases for practice on boat speed and minimizing mistakes. The sailors would like to extend a huge thank you to Noah’s aunt, the Bocklets, Joe, and Molly for all of their hospitality, support, and insight. And as always, Go Go Wisco!


Streufert Team Race (9/16/17 – 9/17/17)

The University of Minnesota hosted the Streufert 3×3 TR on the beautiful Lake Minnetonka this past weekend. While the Minnesota team was setting up and preparing for the regatta, fleet vehicle vans were zipping around Madison, collecting sailors from their respective lectures halls and homes. Soon the sailors were on the road moving towards Culvers at the speed limit.

 Day 1 of the regatta consisted of a great breakfast of bagels and a skippers meeting around 9. Soon the Wisco sailors were on the water with the first warning at 10. Wisco was split into two teams at the local target the day before Team Cat Pinnies and Team Wolf Pinnies, but unfortunately, there was not enough time to change the titles in tech score so official records show Wisco 1 and Wisco 2. Day 1 was gusty in the morning with oscillations that kept the Wisco sailors on their toes. About halfway through the day, a mild storm forced the regatta into postponement as the system passed the sailors enjoyed some BBQ and discussion of tactics going into the rest of the regatta. After the system passed, it was time for the most important race of the day the Wisco 1 vs. Wisco 2 matchup. Nearly 10 minutes in the fleet was rounding the upwind marks with Wisco 2 holding a dangerous 2-3-5 combination over Wisco 1. As the boats drifted into the downwind leg, the RC decided to abandon the race due to lack of wind. Day 1 then ended with all three vans driving to Olivia’s House, thanks for hosting Olivia!

Day 2 started with a chilly morning forcing sailors into spray gear and aerobics to stay warm. The day began with the Wisco 1 vs. Wisco 2 the race that was abandoned the day prior. Wisco 2 pulled a narrow win on Wisco 1 energizing both teams throughout the rest of the day. Races were completed so quickly that the regatta ended before 1 pm even with three full Round Robins! Wisco 1 placed in 3rd overall with a 5-7 record and Wisco 2 placed 4th overall with a 4-8 record. The sailors, Katherine Zimmerman, Scott Sazama, Anastasiya May, Charlie Childs, Patrick Schmidt, Collette Collins, Hayden Frentzel, Robin Ritchey, Christopher Selzer, Jonathan Thickens, Kate Britt, Logan Pearlman, Peter Sauer, Tye Rubin, Caroline Skotarzak, Rebekah Janssen, Anna Thickens, and Zach Childs, all then attended the awards ceremony before hopping back into vans for the ride home. The ride home started the same way the trip to the regatta started, a movement towards Culvers at the speed limit.

Fall Fury (9/9/17 – 9/10/17)

After an exciting first week of practice welcoming the new freshmen and sailing in our brand-new fleet of 420 Es, the Wisconsin Sailing Team was ready to host the first inter-conference regatta of the year: Fall Fury. With over 14 teams coming from all over the Midwest, we were able to get in 12 quality races in both A and B division. Special thanks to our PRO Kate Klement for running an efficient and fun regatta!

 On Saturday, temperatures were in the high 60s and sunny. The breeze started out light and shifty in the morning with an east wind that built to 8 knots by the afternoon. A division got off 8 races on Saturday and B division finished 6. After a long day of racing, sailors were excited to head back to their respective houses and relax for the night. On Sunday morning, sailors were greeted with similar temperatures and wind conditions with a southeast breeze that made rotations a little bit more difficult than on Saturday. Despite these challenges, B division started off the day and got in 6 races, while A division finished off the regatta with 4 races.

 Wisco 1, with Charlie Kutsch, Olivia Staruck, Bri Probst, Noah Janssen, and Alex Campbell, finished the regatta in 4th place following Wisco 2 in 3rd place with sailors Carolyn Keck, Emma Zalong, Larissa Caroll, Erin Sullivan, Katharine Madigan, and Charlie Childs. The University of Northwestern placed 2nd and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee took 1st after impressive wins in both A and B division. Fall Fury was a great chance to show off our new boats, shake off the rust, and learn what we need to improve on for the rest of the fall season. Overall, both sailors and volunteers alike had a great weekend in the sunny weather. Another huge thanks to Hayden Frentzel, Tom Groskopf, and Kate Klement for making this regatta run so smoothly.

Spring 2017

Team Race Quals (4/29/17 – 4/30/17)

The MCSA Team Racing Championship was hosted by University of Wisconsin, Madison, on April 28th and 29th. Seven teams battled against each other and the elements in a grand total of almost fifty races. The competing schools were University of Chicago, University of Minnesota, Michigan State, Northwestern, Marquette, and University of Wisconsin schools, Madison and Milwaukee. The teams were grateful for the PRO Mark Prange and Bill Groskopf, along with umpires, Mike Kasper, Dennis Bartley, Clifford Black, Geoff Pedrick, Dave Gorwitz, Dave Keck, Tom Atkins, and Whitney Kent for time and toughness in the cold. 

Over the course of two round robins on the first day, the sailors endured 16-23mph breeze out of the north with significant chop. The competitors made impressive team racing plays, especially given the challenging conditions. At the end of the day, Milwaukee, Madison, Northwestern, and Michigan stood atop the standing and advanced to the final four. On Sunday, the wind slowed down a little to 7-15mph but the waves remained. Every team was competitive, with wins and losses coming down to nail-biting finishes. The Badgers started strong the first day, but were challenged by Wolverines, Panthers, and Wildcats on the second day. After some tough loses in the first and second round robin of the final four, they dropped behind Northwestern to a tie with Michigan for second. Michigan fought hard all regatta as underdogs, but their loss in the last race to Milwaukee cost them second place. At the end of the day, University of Wisconsin, Madison and Northwestern earned places in the ICSA Team Racing Nationals later this May! Congratulations to the team representing Wisco in Charleston: Charles Bocklet, Maggie Houtz, Erik Elliott, Charlie Kutschenreuter, Olivia Staruck, Alex Blair, Kate Klement, Korina Hendricks, and Thomas Kelly.

Coed Quals (4/22/17 – 4/23/17)

After an exhilarating afternoon of practice on Lake Mendota, the team started out for Evanston, Illinois. Upon arrival, the girls promptly booted the boys out of the van at a hotel and kept going to the Miller families house where they enjoyed snacks galore. Meanwhile the boys waited in the hotel lobby for their host, Wisco alum and current MCSA Conference Commissioner Brian “Guccie” Tobelmann, to arrive. The whole team enjoyed a restful night preparing for sailing the next day.
Saturday morning greeted the sailors with brisk temperatures, a 12-16 mph breeze from the northeast, and a lumpy Lake Michigan. Racing commenced at 10:00, sending A Division sailors Kate Klement and Korina Hendricks to meet the most joyful race committed on this side of the Mississippi. There were prevalent lefties and significant chop throughout the day but the team persisted. Charles Bocklet and Maggie Houtz rode the waves to “ooch city” in Divison B and the team ended Earth Day with a commanding lead. After a quick jaunt around downtown Evanston, including tapas and ice cream, the team retired to their respective housing arrangements for another relaxing night.
On Sunday morning, the regatta was postponed briefly waiting for the wind to fill. A breath of fresh air filled from the southeast and A Division completed their last set. B Division then sailed an extremely light wind set, but maintained composure and carried the team to victory. Heavies, Erik Elliott and Mason Engnes, unfortunately did not get to sail but continued to be the best pit crew in the ICSA, providing motivational quotes and keeping Coach Claire company on shore. The team finished 1st out of 10, qualifying for 2017 Co-Ed Nationals in Charleston, South Carolina! Go Go WISCO.

Women’s Quals (4/8/17 – 4/9/17)

Honey Badgers Kate Klement, Korina Hendricks, Andrea Sullivan, Maggie Houtz, and Carolyn Keck brought their skills to the 2017 MCSA Women’s qualifier hosted by the University of Michigan.  After checking on pier-in progress and a “quick snack break” in which Kate whipped up some scrambled eggs… the ladies ventured out to the ‘burbs (aka Monona) to pick up Coach Dave and visit his new puppy.  We arrived in Ann Arbor at the home of Wisco alum Brian “Gucci” Tobelmann ’16 who generously offered to host us this weekend.  

Saturday began with no wind, and we waited on shore in postponement for a while.  By noon, the wind increased to 10-15 knots and 4 races were completed in each fleet.  We enjoyed sailing newer Zim FJs and relaxing in hammocks between sets.  The honey badgers ended the day in first place in both divisions with a comfortable lead.  After a long day of waiting and sailing, we took a quick driving tour of the Ann Arbor campus, realizing that much of it reminded us of home.  We returned to a delicious home-cooked meal of Spaghetti and amazing meatballs, garlic bread, salad, and extraordinary carrot cake.  

Sunday morning, we were fortunate to have warm weather and great breeze.  Racing started promptly, so promptly that some teams had not yet reached the starting line.  It was great to see support for Wisco out on the water, with Gucci rocking his Wisco Patagonia swag despite being Michigan’s coach.  The saying rings true: Once a badger, always a badger.  As the wind steadily built throughout the day, we witnessed some capsizes and sailed the elusive W6 course.  The honey badgers persevered in the breezy and shifty conditions and ended the regatta in 1stplace with a commanding lead of 35 points.  

Thank you again to Brian Tobelmann for your great hospitality!

3 Way (4/8/17 -4/9/17)

After a long year’s wait, and a mad dash to get the piers in the water in time to sail, it was time for the heavily anticipated Wisconsin 3-Division Regatta (3-way) this last weekend. Friday night was filled with 3 themed activities, which left the sailors well rested and ready to race the next morning. When we arrived at the course, we were greeted by some VERY bright sunshine and 20+ knots of breeze out of the south. Building further throughout the day, the puffs, known as “tech wreckers”, gave the C division Tech sailors (Zach “Turtle” Miller and Jonathan Thickens) quite a hand full. Despite breakages, frequent flips, and numerous other frustrations, they finished the day strong.  In A division, Wisco 1 (Charlie K and Mason) had a strong showing, building a picket fence, while Wisco 2 (Cailin and Charlie C./Maureen) finished in second. In B Division, Wisco 1 (Katy Z and Liz) had some GT’s and mems, enjoying Liz’s last MCSA regatta, and getting the green light to go for the W, finishing the day in 1st. Wisco 2 (Soren H. and Peter) battled back and forth with Wisco 1 to finish out the day in a close second.  

Day two started out much the same, sunshine and heavy southerly winds, once again giving C fleet more than they had bargained for. Steadily diminishing winds throughout the day gave them some reprieve, however. Carrying momentum from day 1, Zach maintained excellent consistency and finished up in 3rd. Jonathan finished the weekend up in 5th, all while maintaining a stellar near 1:1, race:flip ratio. Taking over the tiller from Charlie K., Wisco 1’s new A skipper Charles and crews Mason and Olivia maintained their position, leading Wisco 1 (spoiler alert) to an overall win for the weekend. Wisco 2’s Cailin and Maureen sailed well in the lighter breeze, finishing third in A division despite interference by a rudderless (aka ruthless) tech. In B division, skipper Katy Z and crews Chris S. and Liz fought hard all day, ultimately losing the tie breaker for first, but their low points ensured they could kill the lights on the competition and hold on to their team 1st place finish. Wisco 2 (Soren H and Emma) ended the regatta in 4th after a great day of sailing. Wisco 2 ended the weekend in a close 3rd. Overall, both teams started off the 2017 season on their home lake in style and everyone had some good laughs watching the tech sailors fight it out with their boats as much as the competition.

 Special shout out to Noah and Tommy G. for all the work they put in coordinating a really incredible regatta!

Northwestern Spring (4/1/17 – 4/2/17)

This past weekend, Wisco headed down to Evanston, IL to compete in the NU Spring regatta. On Saturday, sailors were faced with tough conditions. After a long training week in Florida sailing FJ’s, it took the team a couple of races to adjust to being back in 420s. Although the morning breeze started off with a nice 6-8 knots, the rolling waves proved to be a challenge and as the day progressed, the wind got lighter and lighter. By 3:15pm, races were cancelled for the day. Although A division was able to get six races in, B fleet was only able to get off four and would be the first to race on Sunday. Noah Janssen and Bri Probst ended with a race win for Wisco 1 and Carolyn Keck and Emma Zalog racked up 3 bullets for Wisco 2! Morale was high and the team ended the night eating deep-dish pizza at Giordano’s and sleeping at freshman Logan Pearlman’s house near the Northwestern Sailing Center.

On Sunday, there was a short on-shore postponement due to the light breeze. As soon as the wind filled in a little bit, competitors in B-division were sent out to finish races 5 and 6. Unfortunately, the breeze completely shut off after the sailors were sent out, so races were postponed on the water and did not resume until 11am. Due to a potential storm rolling in, the wind was very shifty and the course had to be re-set many times. After a lot of patience and hard work from PRO’s Jon and Jess Ledsworth, B-divison was able to get off two races in wind conditions of about 3-5 knots. For the final rotation, A-division was able to get off their seventh race before 1pm and B-division followed shortly after. Securing the first place spot for Wisco 1, Noah Janssen and Bri Probst finished the day with two more race wins. Despite tough conditions and adjusting to the 420s again, Wisco ended the weekend with great results. Carolyn Keck and Noah Janssen took first place in their respective A and B divisions, Wisco 1 (Charlie Kutsch and Noah Janssen) took first place overall, and Wisco 2 (Carolyn Keck and Katy Zimmerman) took third place! Overall, it was a super fun weekend and a great way to celebrate both Charlie and Noah’s 20th birthdays! Go Go Wisco!

Friis Team Race (3/25/17 – 3/26/17)

At 3:30 a.m., the alarms rang throughout the house in Indian Rocks, Florida. Nine brave sailors and two angels awoke to begin a travel day to remember. Skippers Charles Bocklet (sr.), Noah Janssen (so.), and Charlie Kutschenreuter (so.) along with crews Maggie Houtz (so.), Erik Elliott (sr.), Olivia Staruck (fr.), Mason Engnes (sr.), Brianna Probst (fr.), and Alex Blair (jr.) were escorted to the Tampa airport by the lovely Kate Klement and Korina Hendricks in order to catch their 5:50 am flight. After a brief layover in Indianapolis, the sailors arrived in Boston and spent a couple of hours touring the city guided by Alex Blair’s kind aunt and grandmother. Next, the sailors hopped on a train for New London, Connecticut. The groggy sailors quite nearly missed their stop, but upon their arrival, CJ and Kimball Bocklet (parents of Charles Bocklet) were waiting with vehicles which they graciously allowed the sailors to use throughout the weekend. The exhausted sailors were surprised by a stop at Mia’s, the best café in all of Connecticut, where they were spoiled with delicious appetizers and refreshments. The stop revitalized the team and immediately the sailors were broken out of their zombie-like travel state. After a thirty-minute car ride, they arrived at Mia and Dean’s house (the owners of the café) where they would ultimately be staying for the duration of the regatta. Planes, trains, and automobiles were all required for the Badgers to complete their travels, needless to say, every Wisco sailor slept well that night.

Despite the tragic loss of the Badger’s basketball team the night prior, team morale was high for the first day of sailing at the Jan T. Friis Trophy, a team race regatta hosted by the Coast Guard Academy. Temperatures were low and so was the wind as the team arrived at the sight. Luckily, after about two hours of marginal conditions, the wind picked up and the race committee began to crank out races. The competition was fierce as the badgers competed against the A squads from Yale, Boston College, Dartmouth, Bowdoin, Tufts, Hobart, Roger Williams, Coast Guard and Boston University. With this regatta being Noah, Bri, Olivia, and Alex’s first ICSA team racing experience, there were many learning moments taken away from day one. Noah was quoted as saying “It was definitely a learning experience facing some stiff competition. Moving forward, I will look to improve my starts and work on better predicting situations and plays other teams want to make so I can be more proactive on the race course.” Although the results for the Badgers weren’t phenomenal, the experience gained from day one was invaluable.

Day two brought even colder temperatures, just above freezing, and marginal conditions once again. The majority of the morning was spent floating around in the freezing rain, but finally, after a long postponement, the breeze filled in for the last two hours of the day. The team was really starting to get themselves in the mix on day two and their races were much closer. Ultimately, Wisco was able to finish tied for ninth with Boston University to cap the weekend of great team racing action. All the sailors look forward to taking all their lessons learned and applying them to training this spring on Mendota for a run at Nationals.

All the Badgers in attendance at the regatta would like to sincerely thank the Bocklet’s for everything they did to spoil the team over the weekend. They supplied us dinner every night, transportation, lunches, snacks, housing and cheered us on from the shore. Without them the experience would not have been the same! Also contributing was Mia and Dean who allowed us to stay in their house and the family of Alex Blair who toured us through Boston, supplied us with treats, and cheered us on from the shore. We are all extremely grateful for everyone who helped support us! GO GO WISCO!

St. Mary’s Women’s Intersectional (3/18/17 – 3/19/17)

Departure time was supposed to be 7:30 PM on Thursday evening, until we received a daunting text from Kate Klement, saying we might not even have a fleet vehicle.  Just as morale was getting to its lowest point and we thought we were going to have to drive 18 hours on Friday, Laurel Stutz used her power and helped us obtain the “Emergency Fleet Vehicle.”  We were on the road by 9PM, and made it to Chicago to spend the night.  The next day, we hit the road at 6 am to make our way to St. Mary’s “City.” Saturday, we arrived at the site to no wind, and were held on shore for a considerable amount of time, where we livestreamed and caught up with old sailing friends.  The breeze started to fill, so they sent us out at around noon in the hopes of getting a few races off.  The wind defied the forecast, and the right side was favored all day.  After tuning in to this, both Kate Klement and Korina Hendricks in A-Division, and Annie Sullivan and Maggie Houtz in B-Division, were able to hang with the top half of the fleet and pull of numerous top-10 finishes.  Saturday night, we went to the local Ruby Tuesday’s, and fueled up for Sunday, because it was “gonna be windy.”  When we woke on Sunday morning, it was blizzarding outside our hotel room window, so we bundled up and were ready to hop in the drysuits for our second day of racing.  At the sailing center, the wind was gusting between 15-20 mph, and was coming from an unstable direction which made the racecourse very shifty.  It was especially janky up by the top mark because it was tucked up close to the shore, but our sailors timed the lifts well and were able to round in the top half of the fleet for a good majority of the races.  Sophomore Carolyn Keck made her sailing debut again on Sunday after many months away due to injury, and was happy to get back out on the water, especially in the big breeze.  After a long cold day of racing, the Honey Badgers finished in 12th and were excited to hit the road to meet up with the rest of the team in Florida for Spring Break.  

Charleston Coed Intersectional (3/11/17 – 3/12/17)

A group of six Wisco sailors made their way to Charleston, South Carolina for the first coed intersectional of the year. After a long 17 hour drive to warmer weather and open water, the Wisco team arrived in Charleston just in time to catch the end of the Wisconsin vs Indiana basketball game at a local sports bar. We set up camp at a Days Inn and after a run in with a few cockroaches and a quick check for bed bugs, the team settled down for the night. When we got to the regatta site in the morning we were met with sunny and 65 degree weather and breeze from 5-10 mph. A fleet consisted of Charles Bocklet and Maggie Houtz sailing in 420s, while B fleet Charlie Kutschenreuter and Olivia Staruck sailed in FJs. All the sailors worked on getting their sea legs back and testing the ripping current. We sailed 2 races in each division in the morning despite moving the course multiple times because of the wind shadow that the aircraft carrier the Yorktown provides. After a short lunch break, both A and B division headed back out onto the Cooper River to sail 8 more races each in puffy breeze and lots of current. After the long day on the water, we made our way to downtown Charleston to check out the town. We ended the night with Italian food and fro-yo after a hard fought day of racing. On Sunday we were met with temps in the 40s, lots of wind, and a little rain. Thomas Kelly sailed with Charles in A fleet in FJs and Mason Engnes sailed with Charlie in B fleet in 420s. Both A and B fleet put up solid finishes in the heavy breeze and managed to stay warm with quick breaks on shore. In the afternoon, the wind picked up even more, and the FJs were brought in and only 420s were sailed in order to minimize capsizes and breakdowns. The chilly temps made us feel like we weren’t too far from Wisconsin, but thankfully a kind alumni (Kirstin Reeser) brought us hot chocolate and pastries to boost our energy and warm us up. 7 races were sailed on Sunday and Wisco put up solid finishes and was able to shake the dust off from the long winter. We hit the road again and started the long drive back to Wisconsin. Overall, Charleston Coed helped our sailors regain knowledge from the fall and prepare us for a week of Spring Training, with hopes of improving our results in the coming spring regattas.

ODU Women’s (3/4/17 – 3/5/17)

To start off the spring semester, the Honey Badgers ventured down to Virginia when they were unable to find warmer weather in the north. Little did they know, the weather in Norfolk would be way colder than in Madison that weekend. The journey down was relatively uneventful, despite driving past a crime scene on the Indiana highway. Past sailing connections led us to the warm and welcoming house of Charles Higgins in Norfolk, and the sick people among us, Charlie Childs and Maggie Houtz, were quarantined to an upstairs bedroom, while Kate Klement, Annie Sullivan, and Korina Hendricks set up camp in the house’s man cave. We woke to sunny skies and cold temperatures Saturday morning, and made our way to the regatta site, excited for a good day of racing. Thanks to the prior week of very heavy wind in Norfolk, the water in the Elizabeth River was pulled back into Chesapeake Bay, and the sailors had to walk with their boats into the river in order to get to deeper water (see @wiscosailing’s record-breaking Instagram post). Klement and Hendricks started the regatta off with a killer first start, which boosted confidence for the rest of the regatta despite that race being abandoned. After a lengthy postponement on shore, where we jammed to ODU’s country playlist and livestreamed the regatta, A-Divison went back out and successfully completed their first 3 race set. Sullivan and Houtz hit the water next, and after finding their groove they finished their first set with a bullet. The wind stayed consistent throughout the day, and the ladies ended in a good spot to make moves on Sunday. After racing, Saturday night consisted of subpar Italian food at “Ynot,” studying in an ODU library, where we found both internet (Pro tip from Kate: eduroam works on any college campus) and a ripe avocado, and watching the end of the UNC/Duke game with a collection of loyal fans at the house. The vibrant house guests informed us of a few things that night, not the least of which including that “we’re extremely out of touch with nature,” how the moon waxes and wanes, and that someone on the UW Water Ski team was also on MTV in the 90s. The next morning dawned bright and early, and just when we thought sailing in Virginia couldn’t get colder, it did. Klement and Hendricks launched in the low tide again, this time it feeling like a battle to drag the boat out there due to the 35-degree weather and ripping wind conditions. The wind didn’t die down during the A-set, so Charlie Childs headed out with Sullivan to compete in the first B-set of the day. The Wisco sailors contended with fluky conditions and dying breeze all day Sunday, and ended the regatta 7th overall. We hit the road with no planned destination to stay the night, but thankfully a kind Xavier basketball player welcomed us with warm pizza and a mansion of a college home. Overall, this regatta was a great way to kick off the spring, and got us all excited for the rest of the season to come.

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.

Spring 2016

Dellenbaugh Women’s (4/2-4/3)

            On a bleak Thursday evening, after struggling for several hours to put the pier in on Mendota, five honey badgers (Laura Wefer, Jen Burke, Kate Klement, Katie Hall, and Maggie Houtz) piled into a cozy Chevy Impala, and began the trek to Chicago to stay the night at Jen Burke’s house.  The next morning, after enjoying a few bagels each, the ladies started the far longer trek to Providence, Rhode Island for the Dellenbaugh Women’s Trophy.  

Saturday morning dawned bright and early, and when the team rolled up to Edgewood Yacht Club, they were extremely excited about the on-again-off-again showers, nippy temperature, glassy lake… and postponement.  The day was spent appreciating the Providence architecture, listening to music, and relaxing in the car until about 3:30 in the afternoon, when the breeze filled in and A division was sent out to try to complete some races.  By the end of the day, Laura Wefer and Jen Burke had completed four races in A-division, while Kate Klement and Katie Hall finished three races in B-division.   

Since the forecast predicted it was gonna be windy Sunday, the girls sat down to eat hefty portions of Italian food for dinner in what was clearly the hangout spot for Providence’s elderly residents.  After topping the night off with a visit to Froyo World, the sailors went to bed early to get some rest for Sunday.  

The report time for day two was moved earlier, in hopes of making up for the lackluster breeze the day before.  However, the sailors were quickly put in holding again, due to the heavy blizzard and gale force winds ripping across the Providence River.  After about an hour and a half, the conditions were deemed manageable and the sailors were sent out.  The rest of the day passed slowly, with the race committee trying to send sailors out in the safest possible conditions.  Unfortunately, they were only able to get off two B-Division races and one A-division race on Sunday, due to extremely gusty winds and freezing temps.    

So, after completing a satisfyingly large number of races in each division (five), the Honey Badgers got back into the Impala and began the long, long drive back to Madison.  This regatta proved to our sailors how important it is to be flexible and sail well in any weather conditions, and despite the conditions, many laughs were had by all! Thanks to everyone who helped make this regatta happen, and also to Rob Migliaccio for taking some awesome photos of the event!

Northwestern Spring (4/2-4/3)

A van and car full of eager young (and young at heart) sailors departed from Madison Friday evening, eager to mingle with their MCSA friends that they hadn’t seen since the Midwinter’s banquet. Saturday morning we awoke to some scattered snow showers and lots of breeze on Lake Michigan. The race committee decided to send B division out first since the wind was forecasted to build throughout the day.  Our B squad of Badgers Red: Korbin Kierstead and Emily Anaya, and Badgers White: Annie Sullivan and Cara Hanson hit the water.  They sailed a solid set in heavy, shifty breeze and came in to rotate as the snow subsided.  A division went out with Charlie Kutschenreuter and Korina Hendricks in Badger Red, and Carolyn Keck and Tyler Leach in Badger White. Our A sailors were feeling out the consistent 20+mph breeze when suddenly a huge gust came that capsized half of the fleet before the RC could even begin a sequence.  The Badgers remained upright however and sailed safely back to shore as instructed.  Rescue efforts continued to save sailors from the frigid Lake Michigan water. Racing was cancelled for the rest of Saturday, and later that evening they cancelled racing for Sunday as well.  Our teams were disappointed about not getting to sail anymore, but still enjoyed their time in Evanston getting Cozy Noodles for dinner and hanging out with the MCSA before heading back to Madison Sunday morning.

St. Mary’s Women’s (3/19-3/20)

    The women of the Wisconsin sailing team began their spring break at St. Mary’s College of Maryland Interconference Women’s regatta March 19-20th. The weather was inclement but the racing was efficient and orderly. Laura Wefer and Jen Burke, sailing A’s, began the regatta in the 420 and sailed consistently in their first 9 races, ending the first day in the top half of the fleet. Sailing B’s, Leslie Poole with crews Korina Hendricks and Amelia Shankwitz, started in the FJ in the considerable breeze on Saturday, staying competitive with the fleet and making progress throughout the day.

    The second day was considerably less sailing with only 6 races left to finish the regatta. The Honey Badgers persevered through the chilled rain and ended the event in 14th; A’s finishing in 4th and B’s finishing 17th. Everyone was excited to join the rest of the team in Florida for the remainder of break after a cold weekend of sailing at St. Mary’s.

Coed Spring Intersectional (3/12-3/13)

The sun was setting over Madison, WI as a black van driven by Korina “that’s easy” Hendricks rolled up to houses for pickups, and after numerous fun-filled hours, the fog settled in as Soren “Mrs. Trebek” Walljasper and Charles “I sail on lakes” Bocklet drove the vehicle into Cincinnati to spend the night at the Florentino’s. After a winding drive through easily one of the top five oldest mountain ranges, the team arrived in easily one of the top five Carolinas with great ideas for dinner. After sitting down at the wrong restaurant and ordering water, the team got some great seafood next door. 

Saturday morning, the sailors came across two things that they hadn’t seen in several months: the sun and open water. There was lots of current and little wind, but after being taken out of postponement, division A (Charles and Maggie “van mom” Houtz) went out in z420’s and division B (Soren and Caya “the dreamer” McFalls) went out in FJ’s. The breeze picked up to an intimidating 4 knots while the sun continued to burn their white pasty flesh at a balmy temperature of 80 degrees.  The racing was so wonderful that each division was able to sail 10 races. Wisco ended the day in sixth place (tied with Navy for fifth).

After soothing their burns in a cold shower, the team donned their Land’s EndÆ polos and hit the town. Soren decided not to participate and wear his armpit-airvent flannel. After some good southern cooking from Kickin’ Chickin’ (recommended through a car window by our new friends Grace and Holly from the Charleston team), the team wandered around downtown Charleston. They ended the night with some tasty gelato and headed back to the hotel, all tuckered out.

Sunday morning, after recovering from daylight savings confusion, the team was skeptical of the 9 gusting to 20 forecast. They arrived at the site to something similar to the forecast, and Erik “that one time in Iceland” Elliot crewed for Charles in division A and Korina, “the dreamer squared,” crewed for Soren in division B. The team sailed well in each of their four races and ended the regatta in 7th. The team was able to get on the road by 12 to make it back for Erik and Charles’ review session!

Navy Women’s Spring (3/12-3/13)

    On Friday March 11 the Honey Badgers set out for Annapolis, MD to compete at Navy Women’s Spring Invitational. They arrived in Annapolis around 8pm and were met by Noelle, Buster the dog and Batman the cat. After a long day of travel, the Honey Badgers were able to get in a bit of homework and a full nights sleep prior to racing Saturday morning. 

    Saturday morning the Honey Badgers set off for Navy jacked up and ready to go. Senior Katie Hall controlled the tunes that morning and talked the girls through a Sandstorm before Amelia introduced the group to “Me, Myself and I” by G-eazy. Upon arrival there was a light breeze that had potential to die. After rigging the boats and launching, the group was called back to the basin and put under postponement. Half hour after half hour postponement continued. The Honey Badgers took this time to explore the campus and go on an extended walk/run. At 3:30 the girls were treated to a BBQ provided by Navy and sailing was called for the day with no races sailed. 

    Sunday the girls returned to Navy with high hopes for the day! Unfortunately there was no breeze. After waiting in postponement all morning, around 12:15 a light breeze filled the river and the boats were sent out on the water. A total of 5 races were sailed Sunday afternoon in a light, shifty, breeze. The Honey Badgers finished in 8th overall out of 19, with Junior Kate Klement and Senior Katie Hall finishing in 6th place in B division. 

Fall 2015

Fall Championship (11/14-11/15)

    Three Wisco teams made the trip out to Northwestern for the Fall Champs on November 14th and 15th. Wisco Red was Soren Walljasper, Korina Hendricks, Charlie Kutschenreuter, and Mason Enges; Wisco White was Carolyn Keck, Cabell Sitter, Brian Tobelmann, Tate Castro, and Ryan Stowe; and Wisco Pink was Tommy Groskopf, Robin Ritchey, Korbin Kierstead, and Cara Hanson. After leaving Madison around 7:30 (only an hour later than planned), the group made a stop at the ~*world’s largest*~ Culver’s and made it to Evanston pretty late. The regatta kicked off with a chilly start on Saturday morning, with everyone bundled up in their drysuits, launching their 420s off the smooth sand beach into Lake Michigan. It warmed up through the day and the wind picked up as the sun got higher, until it started to dwindle in the evening. There were a couple protests, but it was a fun and successful day overall.

    After a long day of sailing, the team was ready for an awesome dinner at Cozy Noodles, which was fun bonding time. After hanging out with the Northwestern team, who graciously hosted all of us at their house, we did some studying and ate some chicken (why not have a second dinner?).

    Wisco woke up at the crack of dawn (not actually), ready to throw down some awesome races in the amazing weather they were lucky enough to be ~*blessed*~ with… 60 and sunny in November? Pinch me plz. Because it was a championship regatta, we were able to get a few more sets in than normal on Sunday; A fleet did 5 sets on Saturday and 7 on Sunday, and B fleet did 6 sets each day. Wisco finished off the weekend successfully with Red in 1st, White in 6th, and Pink in 2nd, of the 14 teams total (which included Northwestern, Minnesota, Michigan, Hope, Milwaukee, Michigan State, Western Michigan, Marquette, Michigan Tech, and Chicago.) We left Evanston pretty late, but made it back to Madison ready for a fun week of classes!

Match Race Qualifiers (10/24-10/25)

    It was Halloween weekend, not in Madison. The MCSA Match Race Qualifiers were being held in Detroit, Michigan at Bayview Yacht Club. After a lovely eight hour car ride with Coach Dave on Friday morning, the team arrived just in time for the practice day. This proved to be invaluable, as there were a number of kinks to be worked out on the asymmetrical U-20 before racing. The team got a good night’s sleep at the Lucido penthouse, and hit the water in the sexiest striped leggings ever seen at Bayview Yacht Club. The first four flights were sailed in 10-12 knots, but as the breeze continued to build, the race committee elected to remove spinnakers. Wisco ended up 6-2 after the first two round robins, which put them in second place going into day two. Sunday brought more breeze, and no kites once again. The semi-finals were a first to 3 points, and Wisco defeated Michigan State after 4 close races. University of Michigan also defeated Michigan Tech after 4 races, placing them in the finals with yours truly. The finals were first to two points. The first race was won by no more than 6 inches by Michigan. The Michigan team was faster on the upwinds with more weight in the boat, but Wisco was able to claw back into it on the downwinds. The second race was won by Wisco after Michigan rounded the wrong windward mark. In the third race, Wisco was able to draw a penalty in the prestart. Wisco rounded the first two marks just behind Michigan, but with the continuously building breeze, Michigan was able to execute a lee bow after the leeward mark, giving them enough space to do their penalty kill on the upwind leg. It was a close event from start to finish with some great competition and we would like to wish Michigan the best of luck representing the MCSA in Match Race Nationals. We would also like to thank the Lucidos for housing us, as well as Bayview Yacht Club, and all the volunteers that helped to run this event.

Wisco Women’s (10/31-11/1)

    With great depth of women sailors on our team, Wisco was able to fill three teams. With Wisco Red consisting of: Laura and Jen in A’s, and Whitney and Susan in B’s. In Wisco White, Kate K and Katie H were in A’s with Annie and Amelia in B fleet. In Wisco Pink Carolyn, Korina, and Cara were in A fleet with Megan, Virginia, and Robin in B fleet. Saturday started out with winds around 15 knots from the southwest, so with water temperature hovering around 50 degrees many people suited up in their dry suits, ready for a day of sailing. The races got off right on time, with 8 boats on the line. As the A fleet came in from their first set, the wind started to build and steadily shift towards the Northwest. At the end of Saturday, Wisco was in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. The day ended early due to the winds increasing up to ~20 knots and many light pairings all around, common for all women events, many were experiencing difficulties keeping the boats upright. The regatta coordinators made the decision to call it for the day to with hopes of a little less wind the following day. We got 6 A races and 4 B races off by the end of the day on Saturday. On Sunday the weather brought light conditions out of the Northwest. We sailed 3 B races and 1 A race to finish off the regatta with 7 races in each fleet. At the end of Sunday, Wisco Red took 1st overall with Wisco White in 2nd and Wisco Pink in 3rd.  Overall it was a great weekend of sailing. We would like to thank our race committee, Phil Morley for coming on Saturday, and Terry and Patty McMahon for helping on Sunday. Also thanks to our judges Dennis Bartley, Fields Gunset, Dave Gorowitz, and Mark Johnson. We appreciate all the support our fellow sailors give to the team, it would not be possible to run such a successful regatta without them. We would also like to thank Minnesota, Northwestern, Michigan, Iowa and Ohio State for making the trip to Madison, making the weekend a lot of fun and an opportunity to continue strengthening the MCSA.

Truxton Umstead Memorial (10/17-10/18)

On October 17th and 18th, the University of Wisconsin-Madison Sailing Team competed in the Truxtun Umsted in Annapolis, Maryland. This was a four divisional regatta, consisting of 420s, FJs, Laser full rigs, and Laser radials. Picturesque conditions set the stage for a great day of racing. Winds blew from the Northwest at 8-14 knots, allowing for a total of 10 races to be completed in each divisions. Skippering the 420 was senior Laura Wefer with crew Jennifer Burke. The pair of seniors produced four top five finishes, winning race five. Skippers Charles Bocklet and Kate Klement split time skippering the FJ, with Katie Hall crewing for both. Sailing the Laser full rig was freshman skipper Korbin Kierstead, and sailing the Laser radial was national qualifier Leslie Poole. With little practice, the two managed to hold their own in the very competitive single hand fleets. After completion of the first day, the Badgers sat in 14th out of 19. After a long day of sailing, the team was starved, and collectively decided to take advantage of Annapolis’ famous seafood. Out of all the great restaurants, the Badgers somehow managed to choose to eat at an old run down crab shack attached to a liquor store that had two flat screen TV’s both broken, a soda machine that was not operational, and plastic silverware that broke upon use. The team, at no surprise, made the most out of the night, building lasting friendships and even scoring free pitchers of beer. After engineering a way for eight sailors to sleep in one small hotel room, the team made the trip back to the Naval Academy for the second and final day of racing. Shifty Northwest breeze for the final day of racing along with gusts up to 18 knots made conditions very difficult. The second day of racing did not go as well as the first day, but the Badgers managed to cap off some nice finishes. Korbin Kierstead produced a 4th, 6th and 8th place finish in the laser, clearly showing the fleet he has potential in the future. Kate Klement, skippering the 420 for the day won the start on race 13, and bolstered a 2nd place finish, sailing far ahead of the rest of the fleet. A total of 18 races were produced throughout the two day regatta. When all was said and done the Badgers ended up losing a tiebreaker to Cornell, finishing 17th overall. There was a lot to be learned sailing against some of the best competition in the country and we look forward to improving next year.

Streufert Cup (10/17-10/18)

        Wisco Sailing sent 4 teams, totaling 26 sailors, to the Struefert Team Racing Regatta this weekend, October 17th and 18th. After sleeping at some cozy U of M sailor’s cribs, all the teams headed to the Wayzetta Community Sailing Center on a brisk Saturday morning. With minuscule ripples on the water, the first six teams sailing embarked to the course. After waiting for the wind to fill in and come out of a consistent direction, the racing began. There was a good showing of MCSA teams this year as Marquette, University of Milwaukee, and new kids on the block, Iowa State, made the trip to what in the recent past has just been a Wisco/Gophers affair. Light and shifty wind conditions made for difficult sailing and a stressful day on the water for the race committee. A small postponement at around 11:30 am gave some sailors an opportunity to change out of their dry suits and into spray gear as the sun came out and temperatures rose. Once the wind found a consistent direction the fleet geared up to head out onto the race course and get back at it. As it got later into the afternoon, the wind decided to shut off once again. After some questionable races, we ended the day at about 4:30 with a total of 23 races and a tie for first between Wisco 2 and Gophers 1, both sitting at 6-0. To end the long day of sailing the entire team, along with other Minnesotan parents, met at Ian Norman’s parents house where there was, what some might consider, a feast awaiting us. The night entailed some great food as well as an awesome bonfire which involved some solid sailing team sing-alongs. Thanks to the numerous amounts of generous parents, many sailors were able to sleep in a cozy bed or a couch at the least.

With a hardy breakfast the well rested UW Madison sailors hoped into the fleet cars and headed back to regatta head quarters. Arriving 15 minutes ahead of report time we helped the Minnesota sailors rig their z420s in an effort to make sure everything was running on schedule so we could push races and get the most out of our Sunday on the water. After the final flights of Round 1, wrapped up Gophers 1 was in first(7-0), Wisco 1 in second(6-0), and Wisco 2 in third(5-2). These results would not hold though as there was a looming protest between Wisco 2 and Gophers 1 over the first race of the day that would shift the balance of the universe as we know it. Elliot Busta was protesting one of the Minnesota boats over a simple starboard/port incident at the finish, in Wisco 2’s loss to Minnesota, the Minnesota boat had failed to spin. After an extremely long hearing, Wisco 2 won the protest and Minnesota was thrown out of that race. The end result was a 3 way tie for first between Wisco 1, Wisco 2, and Gopher 1 with no head to head winner. This meant that there would be a sail-off to break the tie. The teams drew for boats and went back out on the water. The first race was between Wisco 1 and Gopher 1 which Wisco 1 took with a comfortable 1-2-6. Race two was between Wisco 2 and Gopher 1. This race was a little more back and forth but Wisco 2 was able to also finish with a 1-2-6. That meant that Gopher 1 took 3rd overall and first place would be decided by the final race between Wisco 1 and Wisco 2. Wisco 1 ended up coming out on top wining the whole regatta. 

All in all, it was a great weekend. Many sailors were able to see their parents, good food was eaten, and good races were sailed. Thank you again to all of the parents and Wisco friends for the wonderful food and sleeping quarters.

Navy Women’s Fall (10/10-10/11)

    On Friday, October 9th the Honey Badgers set off on their adventure towards the United States Naval Academy for the annual Navy Fall Women’s regatta. On route, the ladies fueled themselves with coffee and (much too large) servings of Summit Diner meals before becoming one of fifteen teams stocked with tough competition. Our Honey Badgers consisted of Laura Wefer and Jen Burke in A’s, Kate Klement and Katie Hall/Amelia Shankwitz in B’s, and rookie laser sailor Andrea Sullivan in the radial. 

Day one pushed the sailors through the frustration of sailing around trapezoid courses with puffy and extremely flukey conditions out of the northeast. Although circumstances deemed to be less than ideal, the badgers pulled through. Laura and Jen started off strong with a set of 3, 3, and a bullet. Kate and Katie were also up front with a 3 in the first set and a bullet in the second set. Andrea proved to be competitive in her division of experienced laser sailors with strong finishes of a 3 in the first set and a 4 in the second. Spirits were high and only going uphill when an over-excited Amelia sacrificed herself for Laura and Jen’s 420 and took a dip into the basin. After a couple of sets and a few snack breaks later, the sailors launched for their last set of the day. The breeze was down and the chop was up as they floated out in front of the Naval Academy. Multiple races were started and then abandoned as the PRO realized that there was literally no wind. Still though, they sent everyone out deeper into the harbor in hopes of getting off just a few more races. Unfortunately, the radials weren’t successful and were sent in early while the A and B divisions drifted across the finish line in minimal breeze. 

The second day looked promising as the squad of Honey Badgers rolled up. Light, yet steady looking conditions out of the north were in sight as all sailors pushed off the docks. Sadly, they sailed out only to realize that the wind would shut off right after the start of the first race. The regatta was put under postponement. A few hours later, a south breeze unexpectedly filled and they were sent out for a second time. The radials sailed four races and the A and B divisions sailed three to finish off the 2015 Navy Fall Women’s regatta. The Honey Badgers left with an 11th place and success all around the board as they started their trek back to Madison. 

Davis Cup (10/10-10/11)

   Wisconsin attended the Davis Cup on the 10th and 11th of October with two teams Wisco Red (one) and White (two). Wisco Red consisted of Tom Groskopf, Chris Haisch, Scott Sullivan, and Susan Luo. Wisco White was made up of Katy Zimmerman, Liz Ciborowski, Connor Sawyers, Jake Siegel, Alex Campbell and Mills Botham. Saturday morning dawned crisp and cool on Lake Macbride with light breeze out of the South. Other teams in attendance included two from University of Minnesota, St. Olaf College, Washington University, UW Milwaukee, and the hosts, University of Iowa. After a short skippers meeting, the A fleet took to the water with 8 boats on the line at 9:30. Encountering a heavily left favored course and shifty winds, Wisco 1 took an early lead which they held through the rest of the regatta. Wisco two fought furiously with Minnesota one, chasing points in both the A and B fleets. Collectively, three sets went off for both A and B fleets, adding up to six races. The standings at the end of the Day were Wisco one in the lead, well ahead of Minnesota one in second, with Wisco two just three points behind Minnesota. 

Saturday evening involved a great deal of team bonding in the form of card games, in addition to some friendly competition with the Minnesota team. Freshman Cinco (Alex Campbell) was a standout, defeating all challengers and leading Wisco to an undisputed victory.

Sunday rose warmer and windier than Saturday, and continued to heat up as the day went on. After an excellent if somewhat odd pep talk from skipper Jake Siegel, A and B fleets both had the opportunity to sail one and a half sets, amounting to three races, and standings remained unchanged. 

An excellent weekend for Wisco, with all team members walking away with at least a third place finish. Wisco one took first overall, with Wisco two in third. Wisco two also took first on the B fleet. After we discovered Mills has a proclivity for climbing trees and receiving some interesting regatta trophies we loaded up our cars and were on our way back to Madison. Big thanks from the Wisco team to Iowa for hosting. 

David Lee Arnoff Trophy (10/10-10/11)

    Our trip began on a chilly Friday morning at around 6:05am. After an early morning run to Panera, our team hit the road and the twelve-hour drive consisted of many naps, lots of classic rock, a missed exit, and a competitive game of Monopoly. Despite some upset stomachs in the back row, the team made it to New York safely, and enjoyed a wonderful, home-cooked meal made by Charles Bocklet’s parents.

Our first day of racing began with about five knots of breeze, but our A team managed to get two races off before the wind disappeared. Charles Bocklet and Maggie Houtz placed fourth in the first race and middle of the pack in the second, however, their spirits were lifted after their mid-afternoon naps. The breeze clocked right in the afternoon, and almost completely died, forcing Korbin Kierstead and Elizabeth Hayes, the B team, to bob around in anticipation of the starting races. The rest of the team kept themselves busy during the wait: Charles Bocklett used the ample time between races to perfect his snapchats, Ryan Stowe took the time to study hard, Alex Blair hung out with his grandparents (who provided the team with copious amounts of food, much appreciated) and Maggie Houtz, in desperation for better conditions, exclaimed, “Can I have chai tea latte with a side of breeze?” However, Maggie’s wishes were not granted, and after being sent out 3 separate times with no completed races, the B team floated back to shore at around 4:00pm, sun-tired but optimistic for better sailing the next day. A highlight of the day was the discovery of a beautiful furry friend, Elroy the caterpillar, who hitched a ride back to Tom’s place, and managed to poop on nearly every member of team.

The evening activities included a huge dinner, a viewing of the classic film “Dirty Dancing”, sing-alongs with Alex Blair rocking the guitar, stargazing, lots of laughs, and of course, some wonderful team bonding.

On the second day, our B team went out in the morning, with breeze from the south at about 15 knots, accompanied by choppy and rolling sea state. Since the breeze was pretty consistent across the course, starts were increasingly important for the morning’s races. Because of this, Korbin Kierstead and Elizabeth Hayes had a frustrating first race after being called over early, but were able to recover and place fourth in the next race. Both A and B teams sent out their heavy crews on Sunday, giving every member of the team some time on the water. Throughout the day, however, the wind began to die, and by mid-afternoon, wind speed was down to about 10 knots and shifted 90 degrees to the right. Overall, there were several areas for our team to improve upon, i.e. ooching, avoiding marks, keeping all bodies in the boat, effective sail trim, etc, but the Badgers walked away with a ninth place finish and learned a lot from going out East!

Pere Marquette (10/3-10/4)

        Badger sailors arrived at the Milwaukee Yacht Club, very well rested, on Saturday morning to be confronted with a fierce northeastern breeze that sustained and frequently exceeded 20 mph, giving the 50 degree weather an extra bite. As members of the team frequently said, “it was windy a. f.” The waves crashing over the harbor break wall served as a testament to the force of mighty Lake Michigan. By order of the harbor master, racing was postponed until 1:00 pm. Wisco sailors decided to spend their time by educating themselves at the Milwaukee Discover Center, deepening their knowledge of fluid mechanics, and sound waves. Upon arrival back at the yacht club, sailors decided to take a group nap in the bed of the Ford F-350, strengthening their relationships with other members of the team, however, the nap was short lived…. Racers were called to launch their boats shortly after 1:00 as the wind velocity had come down a bit. A division sailors changed into their foul weather gear and launched their boats with haste, pointing their bows towards the harbor exit, sailing bravely and nobly into the unknown…. 
Although both Wisconsin teams spared no time getting to the course, other teams sailed with…. less haste…and took quite some time to arrive at the racecourse. That being said, Wisco sailors got in a good hour of practice before the first start sequence commenced. Wisconsin sailors had a comparative advantage, evident upon the first start, as we were one of the few teams that were actually on the starting line when the race began, giving us a considerable lead. Two races were sailed in each division, testing the limits of both the sailors and their equipment. The courses were modified windward leewards with the gate located below the start/finish line and averaged about 20 minutes each. Nature selected the heavier and flatter boats for success over the lightweight boats, which had a much more difficult time maintaining their lane on the course, or shall I say battlefield… Wisconsin sailors redefined the meaning of consistency, with each division in each team finishing in the same place throughout the day. Although only two races were sailed in each division, Wisconsin’s path for success was already being unfurled.
On the second day of the regatta, the wind velocity had come down to a pleasant 15 mph, giving some of the lightweight crews an opportunity to showcase their talent. Racing began shortly after 10:15 and continued through the afternoon until about 2:15. An additional 4 races were sailed in each division for day. Keeping the boat flat and recognizing the wind shifts in the relatively flat water were crucial components to performing well. The regatta proved to stretch the capabilities and resources of all, including the regatta staff. This required one of our own, Soren Hughes, to accept his call to action by driving the pontoon that rotated the A and B division sailors to and from shore. All in all, Badgers 2 claimed first place and Badgers 1 took second place for the regatta, leaving Minnesota in our wake to accept 3rd place.

Timme Angsten (9/26-9/27)

    The weekend of September 26th and 27th saw eight brave sailors from the great University of Wisconsin embark on a trip to Chicago for the Timme Angsten regatta. The regatta decided to break its tradition of taking place in early November and elected to swap dry suits for bikinis and beanies for ball caps. The Honey Badgers (the women’s team) was led by skipper Amelia Shankwitz and crew Korina Hendricks in A division while Katy Zimmerman and Emily Anaya led the charge in B division. Competing along side the Honey Badgers was the Coeds team composed of Soren Walljasper with crew Caya McFalls in A division and Charlie Kutschenreuter with crew Tate Castro representing in B division.

The regatta began the morning of the 26th and to the dismay of all the sailors in attendance, the regatta had decided that they would not be serving any meals during the regatta. This was a large changeup for the regatta which had been known for serving the best food in the MCSA and required the Badgers to make an impromptu run to the grocery store in order to keep the competitors fueled up for a long day of racing. The weather could not have been better for fall sailing with sunny skies and warm temperatures, but one thing was missing…the wind! The first day brought large waves and little wind which in turn lead to frustration for many of the sailors. The Badgers were able to adapt however to conditions drastically different from their stomping grounds of Lake Mendota and were in 2nd and 3rd overall respectively after day one. Washington University took advantage of the Badgers early struggles to place themselves in first.

The second day brought calmer seas but lighter breeze early in the day. Only two races were completed by the time noon came around and the outlook for anymore sailing was bleak until Michigan decided to perform a wind dance, and wouldn’t you know it, a gorgeous breeze filled from the south and four more races were sailed. The Badgers were unable to catch Washington University but cemented themselves solidly into 2nd and 3rd with another strong day of sailing for everyone. In the end the Badgers edged out the Honey Badgers by the skin of their teeth, a mere 4 points after having sailed eighteen races. Different from previous years, the regatta had decided no trophies were to be given. So, with no need to wait for an awards ceremony, Wisco packed up their cars and headed home.

All in all, the regatta brought trying conditions but great sailing from everybody on the team. The overall level of competition was fantastic for a Midwest regatta and everyone had a blast. Thank you to Chicago Yacht Club for hosting this event. Everyone had a lot of fun and were faced opportunities to grow, with conditions much different from those sailed on Lake Mendota.

Stu Nelson Women’s (9/19-9/20)

    A team of Wisco women competed in the Stu Nelson Trophy Regatta at Connecticut College on September 9th-10th. This was an ISCA event sailed in FJs with teams from MAISA, NEISA, SAISA, SEISA and Wisco was the only team from the MCSA. Laura Wefer, and Jen Burke sailed A division with Whitney Kent at the ready, giving wisdom from the shore when she could. Andrea Sullivan, Carolyn Keck, Katie Hall, and Amelia Shankwitz sailed B Division. We arrived late Friday night after 13 hours of driving and briefly getting lost in Pennsylvania in search of Panera. Since none of us know a single person in Connecticut, we stayed at a Days Inn.

    On Saturday the start was postponed until 11:00am, due to lack of breeze and some intense fog. A few members of the team took this time to go on a historical hike through the forest only to find a few boulders. When the wind picked up it was quite shifty (the racing area was on the Thames River) at about 8knots with current playing a small role in the racing. Wefer and Burke started the regatta off strong with 2nd and 1st place race finishes in the very first set.

    Sunday brought more breeze at around 11 knots and the oscillating wind shifts continued. Racing wrapped up at 3:00 p.m. and the ladies piled back in the van for the long drive home. This was Andrea Sullivan and Carolyn Keck’s first ICSA regatta and it was a great experience for to learn a lot. The team placed 11th overall and Wefer and Burke placed 5th in A’s.

Fall Fury (9/12-9/13)

         Wisconsin hosted the annual Fall Fury regatta on September 12-13, with schools such as Minnesota, Notre Dame, Iowa, Northwestern, and Marquette showing up to race.  Because of the last-minute flakiness of a certain MCSA team, Wisconsin was able to get it together and spontaneously create a second women’s berth, and the Wisco sailors, along with their energetic and well-rested teammates, arrived at the lakefront promptly at 7:30 on a particularly brisk fall morning.  The first Wisco team was made up of Charles Bocklet, Korbin Kierstead, Korina Hendricks, Mason Engnes, and Emily Anaya in A division and Soren Walljasper, Charlie Kutschenreuter, Cara Hanson, and Ryan Stowe in B division, with Caya McFalls and Korina Hendricks participating in both divisions.  The Women’s team was comprised of Whitney Kent and Maggie Houtz in A’s and Carolyn Keck and Amelia Shankwitz in B’s.

    After a decent amount of coffee, confusion with the rotations, and concern for Megan’s immediate health and well-being, the sailors went out to tackle the “tricky” (read: highly frustrating) conditions on Lake Mendota.  The sailors dealt with inconsistent Northern breeze, oscillating shifts, interesting course dynamics, and unpredictable chop everywhere and at all times.  After refueling with pizza between sets, the sailors tackled the afternoon with determination in their eyes and some slightly questionable food in their bellies.  Despite the strange conditions, both Wisconsin teams sailed well, ending the day in a solid first place and the Honey Badgers in second.

    The second day dawned bright, early, and slightly warmer than Saturday with flat water and south-westerly wind.  After a few sailors were switched in and rosters were modified, all the Wisco sailors took to the water with one goal: to reign victorious over Minnesota.  It was a tough battle due to extremely shifty wind (i.e. back to back auto-tacks up by the windward mark) and the pin about ten nautical miles above the boat…which was awesome about half the time.  The day was summed up pretty well by Elizabeth Hayes, a member of Sunday’s race committee, who said “It shifted left gradually but then would come back and then it shifted right HARDCORE and then left again but went right by the mark then it died and then finally came back.”  However, thanks to some smart tactical decisions (blind faith that the left would fill in), an impressive performance from our freshmen (Carolyn Keck, Korbin Kierstead, and Charlie Kutschenreuter all skippered their first collegiate bullet this weekend!), and improved boat handling by all, the Wisconsin sailors achieved their goal.  Races were concluded around 3:00 and all sailors were off the water by 3:30, with each division sailing five races on Sunday.

    Throughout all of Fall Fury, all competitors dealt with the challenging conditions with grace and composure, but Wisconsin was triumphant, ending the regatta with Wisco 1 in first place and Wisco 2 in second, closely followed by Minnesota.  Thanks to Coach Dave, Cappy Capper, and Geoff Pedrick for being great judges and to Claire Dennis and Kirsten Reeser for running an awesome regatta as PROs!