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Commodore's Cup 2021

Sunday, Aug 22, 2021 (12:00 pm - 6:00 pm)
Monday, Aug 23, 2021 (5:30 pm - 9:00 pm)
Tuesday, Aug 24, 2021 (5:30 pm - 9:00 pm)
Wednesday, Aug 25, 2021 (5:30 pm - 9:00 pm)
Thursday, Aug 26, 2021 (5:30 pm - 9:00 pm)
Friday, Aug 27, 2021 (5:30 pm - 9:00 pm)
Saturday, Aug 28, 2021 (8:00 pm - 11:59 pm)

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Leader: Sonya Miran

Event Information



This year's Commodore's Cup is a 6-day activity taking place during the last full week of August 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 we experience 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 scavenger hunt through downtown Madison on August 24th. There will be appetizers with a cash bar at the Commodore's Cup Ball.

Event Times (Daily events TBA)


  • Friday August 20th  @6:00PM Social/Team Meet & Greet

    • Come find out your assigned team and come up witha team name and theme 
    • Dinner will be served from 6:00PM - 8:00PM
  • Sunday August 22nd. 12:00PM - 6:00PM - First Day of Events

    • Dinner will be served @5:00PM
  • Monday August 23rd. 5:30PM - 9:00PM

    • Dinner will be served @7:30PM
  • Tuesday August 24th. 5:30PM - 9:00PM

    • Photoscavenger hunt starting at the Memorial Union Lakefront, along State Street, and Ending at the Argus Bar and Grill
  • Wednesday August 25th. 5:30PM - 9:00PM

    • Dinner will be served @7:30PM
  • Thursday August 26th 5:30PM - 9:00PM

    • Dinner will be served @7:30PM
  • Friday August 27th. 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.  Formal Dress is encouraged.
    • Appetizers with a cash bar will be available during the Ball.
Event Type
Social Event (for prospective and club members)
Cancellation, Reschedule, and Refund Information
***Commodore's Cup Refund Policy*** A full refund is available for the event until August 21st, 2021 After August 21st, 2021 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.
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Registration Count

Registration Type Registrations Remaining
All Participants 70 130