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May 16th Week in Review

Barbie Stimpson


Plenty going on here as our season gets underway.

1.  MYC Match Racers head east:

    • Dave Gorwitz reports:  Our match racing event this weekend will be televised.  The event is a grade 3 invitational at Oak Cliff Sailing Center, Oyster Bay, NY.  We’ll be sailing Swedish Match 40s on Oyster Bay, Long Island.   The racing is Saturday & Sunday.   
    • Our crew for this event:
      • Dave Niemann (skipper/helm) (MYC)
      • Mark Johnson (tactician/mainsail) (Neenah YC)
      • Dave Gorwitz (genoa/spinnaker) (MYC)
      • Dave Elsmo (pit) (MYC/UW Sailing)
      • Tyler Black (bow) (Newport, RI)
    • Video coverage produced by T2P.TV with expert commentator Dobbs Davis will be shown nightly onsite as well as through the Oakcliff website,, and YouTube
    • The T2P.TV feed will also be carried by The Nautical Channel to 20 million subscribers in 42 Countries.  The Nautical Channel is available on Dish Network (international package), ROKU, etc.
    • The Oakcliff Spring Invitational Grade 3 Match Race Regatta is an wonderful way to begin the season against top notch competition and  an opportunity to race in the Swedish Match 40s, the boats used for the last two events of 2014 GRAND SLAM Series (Knickerbocker Cup and the Oakcliff International) as well as on the World Match Racing Tour. The event will not only be thrilling for each team, but also very useful to teams competing in the GRAND SLAM or on the World Tour.

      The winner of the Oakcliff Spring Invitational Clinegatta will receive an invitation to compete in The CMRC June Doubleheader which is a qualifier for the CMRC Grade 1 and the Oakcliff International Grade 2 Match Race on September 3 – 7, 2014 which is the culminating event of the GRAND SLAM Series.

      The coach for this Clinegatta will be Dave Perry. Dave is a 4 time US Match Race Champion, Americas Cup Advisor for three Campaigns, and two time US Olympic Sailing Team. Dave runs a great clinic starting with a thorough briefing about the skills to be practiced to detailed explanation of the drills, organized, efficient drills and some of the best debriefs around. Dave's passion to teach shows through his energy and engaging classroom style

    2.  A Hoofer Sails Around the World:

    • We all dream of living on a boat and sailing around the world. Pam Hall, a former Hoofer Commodore (UW-Madison Class of 1966) lived the dream for 6 years with her family.  
    • On Monday, May 19 from 8:00pm - 9:00pm join Hoofers, Pam, and her family at Great Hall in the Memorial Union as she takes you around the world on the boat they built themselves! 
    • More here:

    3.  Trolling for History

      • Your club is currently looking for some MYC artifacts that might be used for a museum-type displaying a themed, waterfront establishment. The details of the project are somewhat sketchy right now.  That said if you happen to have any Lake Mendota sailing or iceboating photos or ephemera lurking in your attic or basement gathering dust that you’d consider offering for this project, our planning group:  Andrew Lewis, Trey Sprinkman and Don Sanford would love to hear from you.  What are we looking for?  Anything that tells the story of sailing and/or iceboating on Lake Mendota:  Photos, artwork, models, flags, pieces of boats.  (see attached photos for an idea).
      • At this point, we don’t need the actual item.  Just a photo will do.
      • For more info or to submit a photo, please contact Andrew Lewis
      • Deadline:  Wednesday, May 21