Fall Fury Champs!

Congratulations to our Gopher teams in Madison at Fall Fury this past weekend! Gopher Women finished in 1st, and Gopher Coed finished in 7th! For our first regatta of the season, it was a fabulous start. The wind was extremely shifty and light on Saturday, postponement starting around lunch time and going almost until the end of the day. However, we were able to get a full day of racing in on Sunday with good, but shifty, breeze. We had three sailors competing in their first college regatta EVER this weekend and are very proud of their finishes! Great sailing to  Izzy Hamilton, Cailin Oakes, Ethan Holdahl, Eric Villadsen, Emily Oltrogge, Alison Kent, Emily Johnson, and Michael Capper. GO GOPHS! way to start the season.

 

Fall Fury '14

Co-Ed Qualifiers on Home Water – St.Mary’s bound!

This weekend, we hosted MCSA Co-Ed Qualifiers at the Wayzata Community Sailing Center. There was shifty, but good breeze on Saturday, which provided us with a full day of racing. Knowing that Sunday’s weather was a little iffy, we pushed for as many quality races as we could on Saturday. Come Sunday, thunder, lightning, and gusts over 20 knots all factored into the races being cancelled. With the results from Saturday being finalized, the top five teams qualified for Co-Ed Semi-Nationals at St.Mary’s June 3rd! The teams that qualified, in order of finishes, are University of Michigan, University of Minnesota, University of Wisconsin – Madison, University of Notre Dame, and University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. Congratulations to all of the teams who qualified, including your Golden Gophers! Drake Lundeen, Wheeler Morris, Sarah Ellis, Ryan Grosch, and Paige Boegeman were the sailors who represented the U in this weekend’s regatta. 

The top three teams were within 4 points of each other at the end of the day! It was a very close regatta with a lot of exciting racing, the sailors from different teams really pushed each other, which was great to see in a variety of wind conditions – and kept everyone on their toes! We are very excited of our second place finish, and are looking forward to what Semis has in store for us. Next up – Women’s Quals in Michigan. Go Gophs!

See how the results played out here:

http://scores.collegesailing.org/s14/mcsa-coed-qualifiers/

18 Makes a Fleet!

Yesterday afternoon 6 new 420Zs were delivered to the Wayzata Community Sailing Center. This makes us the first college in the Midwest to have a full fleet of 18 420Zs! We are very excited to be able to host national qualifier events on the same boats that the national regattas will be sailed on. This weekend we will be hosting Co-Ed Qualifiers out of WCSC on Wayzata Bay. The ice is almost completely out and there is more than enough room to host a successful regatta! Wish the Gophers luck this weekend and stay tuned for more updates on how the regatta is going. Go Gophs!

18 Makes a Fleet!

Victory at Northwestern!

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Emily Oltrogge, Paige Boegeman, Alison Kent, and Sarah Ellis lead the Gopher Women’s team to a victory this weekend at the Northwestern Invitational regatta held at Northwestern University with a total of 32 points. Coming in second was Ryan Grosch, Emily Johnson, Wheeler Morris, and Allison Forbes with a total of 54 points. With the wind cooperating better than expected, the team sailed through the large swells, small chop, and frequent shifts of Lake Michigan to come out on top. Congratulations to both of our teams this weekend – a well sailed regatta all around!

With our first MCSA regatta under our belt for the spring season, we will be hitting the water this week to start practicing on Wayzata Bay – in the little open water that is available to us. This upcoming weekend we will be sending a team out to the U.S. Coast Guard academy to compete in Thompson Trophy- stay tuned Gopher Fans!

From Ice to Salt Water - Spring Training Success

With a total of 11 sailors, one coach, two vans, and 40 hours, we traveled to Fort Walton Beach, Florida for our annual spring training trip. Aside from the first rainy Sunday, we had beautiful weather and awesome sailing conditions. From no wind and kinetic racing to moderate breeze and hikes, we were able to get a wide variety of racing in. With our grueling winter, and iced over lake, we are able to get more sailing time during our week in Florida than the spring semester in Minnesota (and a lot more sunburn!). Needless to say, this trip prepares us for our upcoming national qualifiers and various other regattas! We even made the local paper! Check it out!

http://www.nwfdailynews.com/local/photos-out-of-the-cold-and-into-the-wind-1.294630

Stay tuned, as our MCSA spring season is starting, and we are sending a team to the US Coast Guard Academy the second weekend in April!

From Ice to Salt Water – Spring Training Success

First Spring regatta: Navy Women’s!

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A job well done for the University of Minnesota Women’s team as they are heading back from Annapolis, MD early tomorrow morning. Emily Oltrogge, Paige Boegeman, Alison Kent, Sarah Ellis, and Allison Forbes represented the Gophers at the U.S. Naval academy over the weekend, sailing in a variety of different wind conditions – from extremely light to breeze on situations and full hikes! It was a great opportunity to sail against schools outside of our conference and to shake the rust from our long winter off and get some awesome tiller time. Good job ladies, looking forward to more sailing on spring break next week and once our ice breaks on Wayzata Bay!