Sunday, February 03, 2013

2013 Strictly Sail and MCSA Banquet

Liz Smith '14 and David Oliver '14 working the booth
On Wednesday January 23rd the sailing team's executive board braved the blizzard conditions of I-94 to work a booth at the annual Strictly Sail Chicago, the Midwest’s premier sailboat show located inside Navy Pier in downtown Chicago.  Throughout the four day event at Navy Pier, our team sold merchandise which included t-shirts, hats and burgees at our booth to help fundraise for the upcoming year. Throughout the weekend the team was very excited to see so many supportful alumni, family and friends who stopped by our booth, and the alumni who stopped by our luncheon at the D4 Irish Pub on Saturday afternoon.

MCSA R/C Match Racing Championship
On Friday night, 20 of our other team members arrived to attend the sailboat show which included seminars, sailing apparel sales, numerous new sailboats, a winch grinding competition, remote controlled sailboats and much more. On Saturday our team captains Ryan Davidson, David Oliver and MCSA liaison Will Cyr attended important MCSA meetings pertaining to the 2013 year. Also, they selected the MCSA regattas for our team to compete in for upcoming year. In addition, MCSA liaison Will Cyr was elected as the Equipment Information Coordinator at the 2013 MCSA board elections and won the remote controlled match racing regatta!

On Saturday night, the team attended the 2013 MCSA banquet held this year at Marcello's, a restaurant located in Lincoln Park. The banquet atmosphere very enjoyable and it was definitely a pleasure to see all of our close MCSA friends in the middle of the 3 month winter off-season from MCSA sailing. At the banquet our team enjoyed the benefits of having an all-around fantastic 2012 sailing year. Out of the 5 annual MCSA team championship trophies awarded at the banquet, the team won 3 of them: Match race, Women’s and Timme Angsten.  Furthermore, our team had 9 all-district sailors, which was the most out of any team. Team members on the all-district team include: Crews- Amanda Baker ’12, Evelyn Hull ’12, Kirsten Corneliussen ’13 and Elizabeth Wallace ’14. Skippers- Rachel Barch ’13, Matt Graham ’13, Ellen Dubois ’14, Ryan Seago ’14 and Will Cyr ’14. After an enjoyable weekend of attending Strictly Sail, the MCSA banquet and socializing with our MCSA friends, the team left the windy city on Sunday and is ready to have a fantastic 2013 year!
-Ryan Seago '14