Lake Mendota Regatta is back on track

MADISON, Wis. — The Lake Mendota Regatta resumed Saturday morning after initially being delayed Friday due to a lack of wind.

More than 40 teams of sailors from throughout the Midwest made their way onto the water for a series of one mile long races.

“You can’t do much better than the conditions on Lake Mendota today,” said event volunteer and sailor of over 50 years Jerry Simon.

Simon also said Inland Lake Yachting Association teams were so excited to get moving Saturday morning that the first race of the day kicked off with a General Recall.

“So many went over the line early that they had to have the entire fleet come back,” he explained.

Competitor Bonnie Waldorf said though wind conditions on Lake Mendota Saturday are ideal, navigating those waters isn’t predictable

“Anything can happen,” she said. “We tend to watch the wind several days before just to get a handle on what we think is gonna happen or what we think is gonna change and try to predict when they need the fourth but you know mother nature can change in a second.”

When the wind direction changes so does the course and that can happen mid race but for ILYA competitors that’s just part of the fun.

“Well anytime the boat is leaning over or helling over you have to lean out of the other side and really lean out over the water,” said fill in deck hand Rob Bisenius. “You really feel the speed and the wind blowing and just get sprayed.”

The Regatta is currently scheduled to continue through to Sunday weather permitting.