Skip to main content

Strictly Sail teams up with MSCA Midwinters

After years of wanting to join forces, the Midwest College Sailing Association (MCSA) is excited to hold its annual Midwinters Conference in conjunction with Strictly Sail Chicago. The collaboration came together with help from Harken representative Bill Goggins who acted as the liaison, working with Navy Pier and Sail America to make the weekend a reality. Members of the MCSA are especially


After years of wanting to join forces, the Midwest College Sailing Association (MCSA) is excited to hold its annual Midwinters Conference in conjunction with Strictly Sail Chicago. The collaboration came together with help from Harken representative Bill Goggins who acted as the liaison, working with Navy Pier and Sail America to make the weekend a reality. Members of the MCSA are especially excited about the event because they see it as the first step in bringing their slice of college sailing to the greater Midwest sailing community.

Throughout Saturday, 150 sailors from 27 schools in the Midwest will have the opportunity to experience first-rate speakers, quality seminars and great evening entertainment. The focus will be two-fold: to prepare the district for another year of competition, and, through events and seminars, to provide sailors with the resources they need to intertwine college sailing with post-college life, be it professionally or as a passion. Keynote speaker Patty Lawrence, president of the Thistle Class association, will focus her presentation on teaching college sailors how to effectively make this transition. Midwinters co-chair Evan Quasney said, “[Co-chair] Pat and I are looking forward to some great speakers, great discussions, and really exciting events on Saturday.”

MCSA meetings will take place in the Navy Pier conference rooms overlooking Strictly Sail, so sailors can peruse the booths in their free time and take part in Strictly Sail events, all part of their Midwinters fee. With the highest projected turnout on record, Quasney hopes this will be “the best Midwinters the MSCA has seen in 20 years.” The schedule is as follows:

0800: Registration Begins at Navy Pier


Teams can pick up floor plans, registration packets, and t-shirts at registration table

0900: Welcome and Roll Call


Roll Call ceremony will include opening remarks from Harken representative Bill Goggins

1000: MCSA Annual Meeting

The MSCA will hold elections for next year’s officers, including Graduate Secretary, which is up for reelection as Michigan Alum Jenn Hockema ends her three-year term. Teams will also discuss proposals on the floor, including the ICSA’s recent decisions to include a semi-finals round for women’s nationals and to host semifinals in Boston.

1130: Scheduling Meeting

Every team in the district will sign up for regattas for the 2009 sailing year in an NFL-draft style procedure. Teams with the highest regatta attendance records will select first and so on, until every berth is filled.


1300: Lunch Break


1400: Seminars 1 & 2: Boathandling and Team Racing

1500: Seminars 3 & 4: Sailing in Current and TBA

Seminars will be lead by Betsy Altman, a US Sailing Team racer, Frank Utsach, the former head coach for Chicago Yacht Club, and Craig Capilla.

1600: Midwinters Conference Adjournment

2000: Banquet @ John Barleycorn Bar & Grille

In true MCSA style, sailors will join up in Wrigleyville to celebrate the start of a new year of sailing together. Keynote speaker Patty Lawrence will speak after dinner, followed by the 2008 MCSA awards ceremony, including All-District Skipper/Women’s Skipper/Crew, Best Regatta, Sportsmanship Award and Student Leadership Award.

2230: The Game Show Show ... and Stuff! Improv Seating at Lakeshore Theater

The late night entertainment begins at 2230, featuring a private showing of an improv comedy troupe performing an evening of MCSA-themed entertainment.

Related

IC37racingonSunday-Photo-by-Paul-Todd

IC37 North American Championship

This past weekend saw 20 IC37s off Newport, Rhode Island engage in fast and furious one-design racing with the win going to Peter McClennen’s Gamecock. “It’s huge,” said McClennen of the win. “I think of the one-designs of this club going back to the New York 30 [built in ...read more

01-LEAD-IMG_2056

South Pacific Storm Prep

Having set ourselves the task of transforming our recently purchased Open 66 ex-Vendée Globe racer, NV, into a performance family cruiser, my partner, Timo, and I found ourselves (extremely) high and dry as cyclone season approached. The favorite cyclone strategy in Fiji is to ...read more

00-Alexe-1---GUaGKDY4-single-boat-sailing-away-from-skyline,-Hill-Holiday

Cruising: Find Your Own Adventure

Whether they’re at the end of their collegiate career or after aging out of a summer sailing program, a lot of young sailors have a hard time finding a way to continue sailing as adults. Some of the barriers to sailing, including location, finances and time, can be hard to ...read more

00LEAD-IMG_2183

Heavy Hitters on Heavy Weather

“What’s the joke about heavy weather? You know it when you see it.” Figure 8 singlehander Randall Reeves drew laughs from the Cruising Club of America (CCA) sailors attending the forum “Heavy Weather Sailing: Bluewater Perspectives” as part of the CCA’s centennial celebration in ...read more

Nominne-Promo-2048x1149

Best Boat Nominees 2023

The more things change, the more they seem to stay the same. Some of it is timing. Some of it is just the way of the world. Either way, it can be fascinating to see the evolution of the boatbuilding industry over the years, as has been evident in SAIL magazine’s annual Best Boats ...read more

NOAA-1280x

Notice to Mariners: 2023 Hurricane Season in Full Force

There’s so much going on in the news that you would be in good company if you didn’t realize the first major storm to hit the Caribbean was in full force. Hurricane Fiona is currently raging over the Turks and Caicos and is projected to make its way north in the coming three ...read more

StarWorlds2 Photo by Matias Capizzano

Star Worlds Celebrates 100 Years

The 2022 Star Worlds featured six days of intense racing where the final and deciding gold medal win went to Diego Negri and Sergio Lambertenghi of Italy. During some of the toughest sailing conditions in the race’s recent history, sailors and race management overcame daily ...read more

Screen Shot 2022-09-16 at 9.16.00 AM

Dockside Chat on 3D Sonar Technology

Over the years, these products have become simpler to use, smaller, and lower cost. This technology is both more advanced and more accessible than ever before. Bob has much to share with his extensive knowledge of seamanship, safety systems, and vessel operation. Matt is the CEO ...read more