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Commodore's Cup 2019

Wednesday, Jul 10, 2019 (6:30 pm - 8:59 pm)
Friday, Jul 12, 2019 (6:00 pm - 9:00 pm)
Saturday, Jul 13, 2019 (12:00 pm - 6:00 pm)
Sunday, Jul 14, 2019 (12:00 pm - 6:00 pm)
Monday, Jul 15, 2019 (5:30 pm - 9:00 pm)
Tuesday, Jul 16, 2019 (5:30 pm - 9:00 pm)
Wednesday, Jul 17, 2019 (5:30 pm - 9:00 pm)
Thursday, Jul 18, 2019 (5:30 pm - 9:00 pm)
Friday, Jul 19, 2019 (5:30 pm - 9:00 pm)
Saturday, Jul 20, 2019 (8:00 pm - 11:59 pm)

Payment Options:
Commodore's Cup
Commodore's Cup Non-Members
Leaders: Sonya Miran
Daniel Burkhardt
Kyle Heisler

Event Information



Commodore's Cup is a 9-day activity that takes place during the third week of July and culminates with a formal ball at the end.  This event celebrates both the sailing and social aspects of the club and stems from delightfully wacky traditions formed during the typical doldrums due to lack of wind in July.. 

All participants are divided into teams that create their own nautically themed team name and coordinating team theme. Team names of the past include the Blue-Green Algae Blooms, The Punta Armada, Hot Tub Tech Machine, Sloop-nado, Mighty Mooring Power Sailors, Frat Bouys: Never Gonna Jib Clew Up, and the Tech-nomaniacs. 

Teams compete for points in a variety of races and competitions (both sailing and non-sailing), with the winner getting their team and names inscribed on the mighty Commodore's Cup Trophy. Races occur on almost every fleet, including the windsurfing fleet, encouraging new racers and seasoned racers to enter and test their skills against other club members. Some of the competitions in the past have included the greased watermelon, the Sardine Race, the Sloop landing, and the famous All-Fleets Race, where the teams race all boats featured in the Hoofer fleet.

Each night features a social dinner in addition to a social event such as a dance clinic or protest meeting. The entire competition culminates with the Commodore's Ball--a formal dance held in the Great Hall in Memorial Union with a live band playing. At the ball, the awards are handed out and the winners are announced. 

Dinner will be provided at the end of events each night with the exception of the team building night on the 10th, the scavenger hunt through downtown Madison on July 16th, and appetizers with a cash bar will be at the Commodore's Cup Ball.

Event Times (Daily events TBA)

  • Wednesday July 10th @6:30PM - Team Meet and Great

    • Participant will be placed into teams and have time to come up with a team theme
  • Friday July 12th @6:00PM Commodore's Cup Opening Ceremonies

    • Come dressed in your teams theme and watch as the torch is passed from one Commodore to another.  
    • Dinner will be served from 6:00PM - 8:00PM
  • Saturday July 13th. 12:00PM - 6:00PM - First Day of Events

    • Dinner will be served @5:00PM
  • Sunday July 14th. 12:00PM - 6:00PM

    • Dinner will be served @5:00PM
  • Monday July 15th. 5:30PM - 9:00PM

    • Dinner will be served @7:30PM
  • Tuesday July 16th. 5:30PM - 9:00PM

    • Photoscavenger hunt starting at the Memorial Union Lakefront, along State Street, and Ending at the Argus Bar and Grill
  • Wednesday July 17th. 5:30PM - 9:00PM

    • Dinner will be served @7:30PM
  • Thursday July 18h. 5:30PM - 9:00PM

    • Dinner will be served @7:30PM
  • Friday July 19th. 5:30PM - 9:00PM - All Fleets Race

    • Come join us on this special night as we attempt to get every boat (and some that don't) to all come together in a single race, in front of the Memorial Union Terrace.
    • Dinner will be served @7:00PM
  • Saturday July 20st. 8:00PM - 12:00AM - Commodore's Cup Ball

    • Join us in the Great Hall of the Memorial Union, to dance the night away in style to a live jazz band (Dimensions in Sound).  Formal Dress is encouraged.
    • Appetizers with a cash bar will be available during the Ball.


***Commodore's Cup Refund Policy***

A full refund is available for the event until 7:00 AM on Saturday July 13th. 2018.  After 7:00 AM July 13th. 2019 No refunds will be made available.  In order to process your refund you must request your refund in person at the Outdoor UW Office, located on the lake front.  If you are removed from the event due to behavioral misconduct, or violation of the event policies a refund will not be given.


Event Type
Social Event
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Registration Count

Registration Type Registrations Remaining
All Participants 84 116