Victory at Northwestern!


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

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!

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!

First Spring regatta: Navy Women’s!


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!


The New Board of Directors is Announced!

Taking over this Spring is…

Commodore: Alison Kent

Vice Commodore: Emily Johnson

Travel Coordinator: Emily Oltrogge

Treasurer: Patrick Clarke

Safeties and Facilities: Lindsey Puccio

Recruitment Chair: Wheeler Morris

Apparel Chair: Theresa Westin

Pere Marquette

The team came, they saw, and they conquered for the second regatta in a row.  Saturday was slow, literally, and the sailing was postponed for a lack of wind.  Sunday, however, the gophers sailed to victory.  Gophers Go First!


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