NUST had a particularly busy season this fall, with three large regattas at our home boathouse on South Beach, and many in between. Here are a few of the highlights!
On October 22nd, the morning after our largest Alumni Dinner in recent history, Geoff Pedrick, Michael Cornew, and Megan McEvily sailed in the MCSA Match Race Qualifiers inSheboygan, hosted by Wisconsin. With very little time to practice in a Sonar before the races began, they managed to fly the spinnaker and match race as competitively as possible. Ultimately though, our Northwestern team didn’t qualify for thenext round, and came back to Evanston before the second day of sailing. If anything, it was a fantastic learning experience in a boat college sailors don’t usually race, and we’ll be looking to place better next year.
The following day, October 23rd, NUST hosted our Alumni Regatta, now held in honor of our former teammate, Tyler Lorenzi. After the tragedy of his death last spring, we were thrilled to have somany friends together again, celebrating and remembering his life and the adventure and friendship he brought to thosearound him. We were blessed with a beautiful, sunny and warm day on Lake Michigan, and the Ty Lorenzi Memorial Alumni Regatta was a wonderful success, with a large barbecue and ten boats on the water. If you’d like to read more about it, the Daily Northwestern wrote an article on it, here.
We also hosted our annual Timme’s Tune Up Regatta on November 2nd. Almost one hundred sailors came to South Beach bright and early on Saturday morning, and we were able to start the first race a little before 10:00. The wind steadily built from the low teens to settle in the low 20s with waves steadily building as well. Lucking it was warm and sunny, we were were able to get in 16 total races before it got too dark to sail. Racing was cancelled for Sunday due to a forecast of very high winds and large waves. Minnesota won in a two-point victory.