|Sail under the Capitol
If you are on the fence about attending Nationals, here's why you should attend:
1 - The view is majestic with the cityscape and Capitol dome in full display
2 - Let's just get this right out there - two of the sponsors are Next Door Brewing Company and American Family Insurance --- just sayin', you can never have enough coverage
3 - 50 of your best friends are already coming
4 - Nothing beats State Street
5 - The weather is the best of the season thus far; nice summer weather
6 - Want to bring your children? The Madison zoo, the Henry Vilas Zoo, is 28 acres of FREE fun and animals. Open Fri and Sat 9:30-5:00. About three miles away from the regatta site. The Madison Children's Museum is downtown and a nice mix of physical play and learning.
7 - Bringing your wife? The Saturday Madison Farmers' Market is HUGE on the Capitol Square. Also there is a smaller version near Hilldale shopping Center. Cheeses, bakery, organic everything, flowers - it's a find. Hilldale has some nice shopping - great cupcake bakery; the most fabulous, exquisite chocolate shop; North Face; Japanese restaurant; Great Dane. It's worth the trip.
8 - This is an opportunity to support Monona Yacht Club, a thriving, smaller club who boasts an MC and C fleet. It's always a nice opportunity to give back to the smaller clubs who have been our members for years.
9 - Kent Haeger will try to finally win one of these things. The bridesmaid is back for perhaps his only regatta of the year due to his daughter's schedule. Come to wish his family well on the Rio adventure. Wife Julie will be on Boat 1.
10 --- Be WILD AND SPONTANEOUS!!! Show up tomorrow night at Olin Park with a boat. You are always welcome. There is nothing like the C fleet. FUN, FUN, FUN!!!