The Club offers many opportunities to learn about sailing and hone one’s skills. Practices are voluntary for all members, though regular attendance is required for consideration to represent MUST at regattas. Some members practice four or more times a week, while others practice once a week. Members sail the Club’s six 420s, two FJs, and four Hunter 170s, and take turns piloting the Club’s safety boat. The Club holds practices geared towards beginners, as well as those focusing on improving boat-handling, tactics, and strategic decisions during races. Land practices are held post- and pre-season, when getting on the water isn’t feasible. These include chalk talks on topics such as sail theory, introduction to racing, advanced racing, boat-handling, and knot tying. The Club enjoys coaching services graciously provided by several Club alumni when available, and occasionally hires outside sources for weekend clinics.
Regular practices for Fall 2015 meet on campus in the drive between the Alumni Memorial Union and Schroeder Hall (SHAMU) at 3:30 on Mondays through Thursdays to drive down to the Milwaukee Yacht Club.
Regular practices for Spring 2015 are entirely weather permitting (aka when the lake is not frozen over). Meeting time and place remain the same as in the Fall and notification regarding when in-water practices will begin will be sent via the team email and weekly meetings.
Practices are normally held at the Milwaukee Yacht Club, located at 1700 N. Lincoln Memorial Drive. Rides to and from campus are provided by members of the team. Additionally, as a means for alternate transportation, the Route 30 Milwaukee Bus conveniently picks up passengers along Wisonsin Ave. and makes a stop near the Yacht Club.
Some members qualify to cast off outside of scheduled practice times when the conditions permit, giving them even more opportunities to get out on the water.