Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Milwaukee Bay Women’s Sailing Organization Fleet Update

Nearly fifty women sailors from the Milwaukee area gathered at South Shore Yacht Club on April 8th for MBWSO’s Spring Meeting, making it one of MBWSO’s best-attended meetings ever. As further indication of the strong season to come, MBWSO is able to announce the addition of three new skippers to its fleet: Wendy Olson from Milwaukee Yacht Club will skipper the B-25, “Thunder”, this season. Wendy is an experienced scow sailor, and will be bringing out a number of inland lakes sailors to experience Lake Michigan. Laura Livermore will skipper “Wild Goose”, a Soverel 27 well-known in the Friday evening MAST series on Milwaukee Bay. Laura’s crew also comes from the large group of talented MAST sailors. Angie Klemm, who previously competed in the MBWSO series on the Milwaukee Community Sailing Center’s J-24, “Taxi”, has made the leap into boat ownership and becoming a race skipper. She will be helming the T-10 “Eclipse” this season. (Janice Shoman, who previously skippered “Eclipse”, will be moving her crew to the T-10 “Snow Balls Chance”, further bolstering the strong T-10 presence in the women’s fleet.) All MBWSO skippers have been invited to participate in the MAST Open Invitational Race (and Pizza Party!) on June 6th. This is a great opportunity to get in some early race practice before the full season is underway. If you’re interested in entering the MAST Open Invitational, contact MAST Commodore Oscar Wientjes at oscarwientjes@hotmail.com, or Glyn Livermore at flivermore@ww.rr.com, or check out their website at www.mastracing.org. Jane Larson announced that the Milwaukee Community Sailing Center will recognize MBWSO’s sustaining support, as well as its substantial, multi-year pledge to MCSC’s Capitol Campaign, on MCSC’s Wall of Appreciation, which will be on permanent display in its new building. Finally, don’t forget that MBWSO’s 2008 season kicks off with a practice race June 2nd. Once available, the NOR and SIs for the 2008 racing season will be posted to MBWSO’s website at www.mbwso.org. For more information on the season schedule, contact Janice Shoman at jsho@tds.net or (414) 840-3403.

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