Coed Quals

Over the weekend of April 27-28, a group of nine sailors consisting of Charlie Kutschenreuter, Olivia Staruck, Peter Sauer, Sam Bartel, Kate Britt, Will Huerth, Christian Spencer, Maggie Houtz, and Thomas Kelly travelled to Michigan for most of the team’s third time this spring. They were competing in the MCSA Coed Championship on Baseline Lake to qualify for Coed Semifinal Nationals. Saturday had nice sailing conditions of 7-10 mph NW breeze and warming temperatures throughout the day. The team sailed well, but not up to their own expectations. Due to an unfortunate disqualification in race 5 of B division and not the team’s greatest sailing, they found themselves in third place after 14 races on Saturday. The team was hungry to prove themselves on day two of the regatta.

Luckily, Sunday did not have any snow that was forecasted for the day, Baseline provided a nice Northerly breeze that decreased from 10 mph and shifted right throughout the day, and Wisco was ready to lay down some top notch races. The team sailed excellent on Sunday by winning eight of the ten races sailed, ended up second overall in the regatta to Michigan, and qualified for Coed Semifinals in Newport, RI. Although the heavy crews did not get any on the water time, they were always ready to go, provided great on-shore motivation, and played some fun yard games. The team would like to give a huge thank you to the Johanson family for hosting us for two regattas this spring and their incredible meals that they provided us. Seriously, this family rocks and helped us a ton this spring. The team is glad to finally be done traveling to Michigan for a few months and super excited to train for Nationals!

Womens Quals

The Honey Badgers were faced with challenging conditions this past weekend at Women’s Quals at Northwestern. Sailing A’s were Cailin Considine and her crew Emma Zalog and sailing B’s were Erin Sullivan and her crew Anna Thickens. Although heavy crews Larissa Carroll and Rebekah Janssen were prepared to sail in the wild conditions on Saturday, the 4 and a half foot waves and heavy winds were a safety hazard and sailing was postponed till Sunday. With all of Saturday ahead of them and the big city of Chicago minutes away, the Honey Badgers decided to visit the Bean and stroll down Michigan Avenue. They then returned to their wonderful hosts in Winnetka, Larissa’s aunt and uncle. After a day of enjoying the nice weather and doing homework, the sailors were ready to compete on Sunday with the race warning time of 8am. The first few sets were a learning curve and the sailors were seeing improvement as the day went on. Unfortunately, the conditions were super light and the boats were bobbing around for over an hour after the short 10 minute midday break. With the inability to sail another A race after 3, and only the one day of sailing a total of 8 sets were sailed. The Honey Badgers finished just shy of qualifying for nationals in 4th place.

Admirals Cup

On Thursday afternoon, five sailors departed Madison and began their long road trip to Long Island, New York to compete in the 2019 Admiral’s Cup at the United State Merchant Marine Academy.  Charlie Kutschenreuter (’19), Olivia Staruck (’20), Peter Sauer (’20), Christian Spencer (’22), and Will Huerth (’19) felt very spacious in the Enterprise Suburban they were driving for the weekend, and many laughs were had on their cross country road trip.  Sunday evening, they finally arrived at CJ and Kimball Bocklet’s house on Long Island (parents of Wisco Sailing alum Charles Bocklet), and most of the sailors settled into bed while Will Huerth went to LaGuardia Airport to pick up Maggie Houtz (’19), the 6th member of the squad.

Saturday morning, in the midst of torrential downpour, we left the Bocklet’s early in order to pick up our coach for the weekend, Claire Dennis, at her train stop.  Then, we headed to the site and settled in for a long postponement while the Race Committee waited for the wind and rain to calm down.  After about two hours and only a slight decrease in wind, the RC decided to send the sailors out on the water to see what would happen in the 20-35 MPH breeze.  It made for an exciting morning for our heavy crews, a fair amount of carnage on the race course, and lots of entertainment for Claire and our light crews, Maggie and Olivia.  Steadily, over the course of the day, the wind piped down to around 15-20, and the race committee was able to complete 8 races in each division (with Christian and Will getting a 4th in the last race!).

On Sunday, the sailors arrived to the site to see beautiful sunshine over the water and a gorgeous 7-10 MPH breeze.  Maggie and Olivia subbed in for Will and Peter, and all the sailors hit the water to complete 8 more races in each division.  Over the course of the weekend, we enjoyed sailing in such a competitive fleet and felt as though we were really getting dialed in in both the 420 and the FJ.  We can’t wait to take the lessons we learned at Admiral’s Cup and put them to the test at Coed Qual’s this upcoming weekend.  HUGE shout-out to Claire Dennis for taking the time to coach us this weekend, and for sticking with us through our race losses and our race wins.  You are the best!  Also, the biggest thank you goes out to CJ and Kimball Bocklet for letting us stay at their beautiful home over Easter weekend, and providing us with meals and snacks throughout the regatta! We couldn’t do what we do without the kindness of members of our community, and we are truly grateful.  Go Go Wisco!