Tuesday, July 9, 2013

July 7 Mendota YC Opti Racing

Four sailors competed on Lake Mendota on Sunday, July 7 to cap off the holiday weekend. Brian Anderson reports that race conditions were perfect with a south wind at 6 to 10.  Waves were minimal, and unlike the week before, motorboat traffic was reduced (slow no wake on other area lakes seemed to send all power boats to Lake Mendota the previous week making for hairy conditions for the Opti sailors).

Lev Kerlow showed great improvement this week winning one race and Martha Anderson continued her upward trend finishing second in another.  Oscar Anderson played the course well winning three of the five races.  Will Segersten raced in four of the five races winning one race. Brian describes Will's sailing as "just fast, all the time."

More photos on Brian's picasa page.

Mendota sailors succeed at Beulah

Three Opti sailors from Madison participated in the Lake Beulah Sailing School Regatta on Monday, June 24. Known for shifty wind conditions, Lake Beulah did not disappoint. Meta Simon raced in the RWB fleet and finished 4th out of 55 boats in a long day on the water. The RWB fleet finally completed three races (having also abandoned two races -- one due to a huge wind shift and the other for a mark that floated away) over the course of a day filled with light, shifty winds. Fritz Simon and Will Segersten completed six races in the Green Fleet with Fritz taking the top prize and Will having a strong 4th place finish.  Congratulations to all!

Additional photos on picasa.  Full racing results: RWB fleet Green fleet

Saturday, June 22, 2013

First week of Mendota YC Opti Racing

It was a great first of Mendota YC Opti racing on Sunday, June 16. Seven kids sailed four races in a nice breeze with tight competition among the group. The most thrilling finish of the day was when Will Hanson and Oscar Anderson finished with a foot between them.  See photos on Picasa.

LOPN Regatta on Lake Okauchee

Sailors from Lac La Belle, Okauchee, Pewaukee, and Nagawicka lakes participated in the LOPN regatta on Lake Okauchee, Thursday June 20, 2013. The sailors were divided into junior and senior fleets. Nine sailors raced in the junior fleet (9 yr and under) and completed 4 races in light and shifty winds. Fritz Simon won the event with finishes of 5, 1, 1, 1.  A great first regatta win for Fritz!  Meta Simon competed in the senior fleet against 23 others and finished 8th overall. Photos on picasa.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Mendota Yacht Club Opti Racing

The Mendota Yacht Club will be hosting an Opti racing series.   Races will be held in Warner Bay at 2:00pm on the Sunday afternoons listed below.   Please contact Jamie Hanson for more information  Jamie.Hanson@tasconline.com

June 16, 23.   July 7, 14, 21, 28
Aug. 4, 11, 18, 25.

See you on the water!

2013 Opti Regatta's

Listed below are the 2013 area Opti regattas.

LOPN                                            June 20th Thur.        Okauchee YC WI
Lake Beulah Sailing School Reg.     June 24th  Mon.
USODA Midwest Champ.              June 29-30th  Sat.    Gull Lake Mn
Upper Midwest Jr. Olympics           June 30- July 2         Wayzata YC Mn
USODA Girls Nationals                  July 10th                   Grosse Point YC MI
Kaszube Cup                                  July 9-10                  South Shore YC Racine WI
Geneva Lake Sailing School            July 10th Wed.       
USODA Nationals                          July 11-14th              Grosse Point YC MI
No Tears                                         July 22 Mon              Nagawicka YC  
ILYA Championship                         July 28-30th              Beulah YC
Pram Power                                    Aug 9th Thur              North Lake WI

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Red, White & Blue Chip

Waiting for the wind
Madison sailors Will Hanson and Meta Simon competed in the invitation-only Optimist Red, White and Blue Chip regatta hosted by the Lac La Belle Yacht Club. Forty-eight sailors completed three races in light wind over the two day event, August 13-14. Full results available on La Belle's website.

A rainy day at Pram Power 2012

North Lake Sailing School's Pram Power Regatta was held on Thursday, August 9. After a sweltering summer and no rain, sailors at Pram Power were greeted with a cool, rainy day. This was surprising given the weather of the summer of 2012 up to that point and also that the three previous years at Pram Power were the hottest days of those summers. Pram Power is a mix of fun with crafts and activities and sailing -- 3 races for senior fleet and 2 races for junior fleet. Fritz Simon was the lone Madison sailor and raced in the junior fleet. Fritz was fast out of the blocks winning race #1 in a steady drizzle and finished fourth overall in the event. The highlight was the giant jar of gum balls he received for winning a race!

116 Optis at ILYA Championship

Three Madison sailors competed in the Inland Lakes Yachting Association Optimist Championship regatta on Pewaukee Lake, July 30-31. The young sailors experienced classic Pewaukee sailing in shifty conditions over the two day event.  Fritz Simon and Will Segersten competed in what might have been a record 53-boat Green fleet, finishing 8th and 12th overall after a total of six races. Meta Simon sailed in the Red, White and Blue fleet against 62 other competitors, finishing 24th overall and 3rd in the White fleet. The highlight of the event might have been the dunk tank at the Monday night party where sailors were able to send their sailing school instructors into the tank. Full results can be found at www.ilya.org/ilya-regatta-results.html

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

All Smiles at 'No Tears' - Quinn Senke wins Sr Fleet

Six Madison sailors competed on Monday, July 23 in the "No Tears, No Guns, No Protests" ILYA regatta on Big Cedar Lake near West Bend, WI.  In spite of the heat, the Cedar Lake Yacht Club put on a great regatta as the winds built from 6-8 mph in the morning up to 15-18 mph by the end of the day. The last race tested everyone's boat handling skills, and in the end, the senior fleet sailed 5 races and the junior fleet completed 3 races. Two Madison sailors, Quinn Senke and Will Hanson, enjoyed their first regatta race wins in the senior fleet. Quinn won the senior fleet regatta and Will finished 3rd overall in the senior fleet. Great job!  Colin Senke, Will Sergetsen, Micah Hanson, and Fritz Simon raced in the junior fleet with Fritz and Will finishing in the top ten juniors overall.  Congratulations to all sailors!  A great day for Madison Optis!

Results to follow once they are posted at ilya.org.  More photos on Picasa

Red, White and Blue Chip - here they come!

The Lac LaBelle Yacht Club will host the Optimist Red, White and Blue Chip regatta in mid-August. Like 'blue chip' events in other scow classes, sailors must qualify for an invitation. A sailor can qualify based on his or her place at a local regatta (e.g., Inland Championship, GLSS, LBSS, etc.) or through qualifying races in his or her home club. Madison sailors gathered on Sunday morning, July 22 for a series of four races to determine who will receive the two invitations for MYC. In light to medium winds, Meta and Fritz Simon, Will and Micah Hanson, Quinn and Colin Senke, and Will Sergetsen competed in tight racing that saw the wind switch almost 180 degrees in the middle of the first race.

Congratulations Will and Meta!

PlaceSailorRace 1Race 2Race 3Race 4Total Pts
1Meta Simon11114
2Will Hanson323311
3TQuinn Senke442515
3TWill Sergetsen254415
5Fritz Simon735217
6Colin Senke666624
7Micah Hanson577726

More photos on Picasa

USODA Midwest Regional Championship Regatta

The United States Optimist Dinghy Association (USODA) Midwest Regional Championship Regatta was held in Cleveland, OH on July 14-15. The Simons ventured east and Meta sailed with an international fleet on the big waters of Lake Erie. With this regatta only about a week before the USODA National Regatta scheduled for Sandusky, OH, several sailors from Canada and Bermuda joined U.S. sailors from various points across the country for two days of sailing in light breeze. Results at USODA.org

Optis with downtown Cleveland in the background
International and U.S. sailors waiting for the wind to fill