May Madness Regatta, Pewaukee, WI – May 7 and 8, 2022

NTS sailors Nora Donahue ‘24, Elise Brandt ‘25, Ava Pankauskas ‘24, Tara Hecht ‘25, James O’Toole ‘24, Evan O’Connor ‘23, and Santiago Benes ‘24 on the shore of Pewaukee Lake.

On May 7th and 8th New Trier sailed in the 2022 May Madness Regatta in Pewaukee, hosted by the Pewaukee Yacht Club. We competed against 20 other schools from across the Midwest. The lineups were: James O’Toole with Evan O’Connor; Elise Brandt with Tara Hecht; and Santiago Benes with Nora Donahue. 

On Saturday, May 7th, The first day of the regatta, with an early start to the day we started off at the hotel where for breakfast we ate at the hotel’s buffet. When we got to the Pewaukee Yacht Club the winds were very light and shifty, but we still completed ten races on that day. That evening after the regatta our plan was to go to a water park in the area, but unfortunately the tickets were sold out. On the bright side we, went to a great local restaurant and got French pastries for dessert. 

On Sunday, May 8th, we started the day at the same buffet. When we got to the Pewaukee Yacht Club there was heavy wind, delaying the start of the regatta. We completed seven races that day against tough competition, and NT ended up finishing 13th and 21st overall. On our way home we got some tasty ice cream.

There were many challenges we had to face over the two days we sailed, including how to sail in some very shifty and light conditions, and a very long course, that challenged our endurance. All together we learned a lot from this regatta and we will continue to challenge ourselves to improve. Thanks to the Pewaukee Yacht Club for hosting and to Mr. Benes and Mr. Donahue for chaperoning.