Frequently asked Questions
Regatta Entry and Storefront:
When can I bring my boat to Geneva?
Registration is formally Wednesday, but Geneva encourages you to drop your boat (and rig) at the club on Monday or Tuesday. This will alleviate some of the Wednesday congestion. Park your boat anywhere in an open spot. Geneva volunteers will move your boat to the appropriate area for your arrival on Wednesday.
Where will my boat be located?
The A Scows will be handled individually with very few located on the grounds. Some will be moored at Gage Marine. Others at members' homes on the lake. Please let ILYA A Fleet Rep Lee Alnes know where you are mooring (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The E Scows will be located closest to South Shore Drive. Individual E's will be kept with your car on the paved surface. Crew cars or support crew cars will be parked at Jerry's Majestic Marine near Reek School (about 2 miles east). A shuttle will run between Jerry's and the YC. OR. . . there is still some on-water mooring possible with your own anchors in shallow water in front of the South Shore Club (former military academy). Water shuttles will run from the Yacht Club piers to these moorings.
C Scow positions vary on site. Volunteers will locate a spot for you. Once rigged, tow vehicles must move to the parking area at Jerry's majestic Marine. On race days drop your crew and equipment at the club and then drive on to Jerry's. The shuttle will drive you back to the YC. Tractors driven by volunteers will tow C Scows from your parking spot to the lakefront. Volunteers will assist you in launching your boat. Please assist with the hitch to speed up the process. The tractor driver will return your trailer to your spot. OR. . . there are some water moorings still available at Brookwood subdivision and at South Shore Club. Check with John Zils (262-275-3333) for availability.
MC Scows - front row seating!! Your boats will be hand-pushed to the lake front - just like the X kids do. You will stay with your boat. Volunteers will push your trailer back to its spot. There will be assistance at the crane and on the pier. Your cars will be stored off property at Jerry's Majestic Marine. A bus shuttle will run regularly between the YC and Jerry's.
Where do I put my motorboat?
There will be no motorboat launching at the YC. There are public and private launch areas around the lake. Locate a launch site near your housing.
How will my family watch the races?
Limited spectator boats will be available from the club. The new Buddy Melges Sailing Center has magnificent viewing areas from the upper and lower deck areas. Binoculars are a great accessory as all race courses are generally within view of the deck.
What about food during the event?
Enjoy breakfast, lunch or snacks at the club. The bar area and restaurant will be open during the event. There is also a grill located in the parking lot for faster service thanks to contributions from Old Wisconsin Meats and Lake Geneva Country Meats and cantina chef Craig Parker.
For sailors, we have upscale lunches catered by a local caterer, Toothpicks. We have emphasized QUANTITY for you hungry sailors sailing two sessions a day. Reservations are due August 10th. Make reservations at the Regatta Storefront.
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Thursday at Gage/Pier 290 -- While the men party on Thursday at Bilge Pullers, Pier 290 at Gage Marine in Williams Bay invites all of us to meet together for a Thursday Night gathering spot. This is Venetian weekend in the city of Lake Geneva so area restaurants may be busy. Enjoy children's and adult meals at Pier 290 in a common meeting area. Reservations are due by August 10th. The Gage Pier 290 has a huge sand area with climbing boat for the kids. Make reservations at the Regatta Storefront.
Friday at the new Buddy Melges Sailing Center - It's a family event and casual fun. Lake Beulah will host an hour's worth of Minute-to-Win-It games followed by the finals in front of all of you. Dinner will follow with a picnic fare. With a caterer's name like Dine and Swine, it will be an experience. Their signature is Smoked Pulled Pork, Dry Rubbed BBQ'd Chicken Drummies, accompanied by a variety of sauces, Hickory Smoked Baked Beans, Corn on the Cob, Coleslaw and Potato Salad. This night is sponsored by UBS and David Perrigo who will present our Legends. Thursday and Friday race win trophies will be presented. Bring your children, parents and grandparents. Make reservations at the Regatta Storefront.
Legends and Heroes Friday Luncheon - Our 2015 Heroes and Legends have been invited to attend this luncheon and cruise, but everyone is welcome to join them. This is a special way of honoring those who have come before us and led us in this grand sport and organization. Reminisce with friends and those who have supported you during your sailing career, those who were your mentors and longtime members of the ILYA. Gage Marine's Pier 290 will host you as a group for a leisurely lunch followed by a cruise to the race course on one of their majestic vessels. Reservations are due by . Make reservations at the Regatta Storefront.
Saturday Night Carribean Night - this is the event's extravaganza sponsored by ILYA Bilge Pullers. Enjoy the Calypso Regatta Dinner and live entertainment, special awards, presentation of race trophies and more. This is your time to enjoy your friends in a most relaxed milieu at the magnificent new clubhouse. Take time to view the site. Reservations by August 10th for guaranteed seating. Reservations may close on August 10. Make reservations at the Regatta Storefront.
What about the bridge over the Abbey Harbor? I heard it was closed to trailers -The bridge at the Abbey harbor on South Shore Drive in Fontana has been closed to vehicles towing trailers, but the police are making an exception for trailers carrying our ILYA racing boats during the time of our event. This does not apply to tenders and spectator boats, but these can not be launched at the Lake Geneva Yacht Club anyway. This is unlikely to lessen their interest in catching speeders all along South Shore Drive, so be aware.
What will my young children do?
If you are staying at the Abbey or at the Grand Geneva, there is babysitting on Saturday night to allow you to attend the Caribbean Party. The Abbey is near the Fontana Beach so there is swimming in the lake accessible there. If there are ten of you who would like to send your children to sailing school, GLSS will offer sailing school from 10:00 to 2:00 in the Fontana Area. Please reserve by August 10th to email@example.com. This will involve games and lunch also for children aged 6-10. Cost is $250 per student for Thu - Fri - Sat. Let your child meet his future competitors having fun at Lake Geneva. If you do not want to stay at the regatta, the Milwaukee Zoo is a full-day adventure and less than an hour away. The Betty Brinn Children's Museum and Discovery World are located in Milwaukee on the lake. A petting zoo is located on HWY 20, north of Lake Geneva.
Other questions? Contact Regatta Co-Chairs Stephen Schmidt, ILYA Commodore, or Terry Blanchard, LGYC Commodore. Please forward other questions to Scowlines so we can assure your enjoyment during the event.