2018 Regattas - send your confirmed dates



  • 5-6 Cedar, IN Icebreaker
  • 12-13 Wisconsin Spring Regatta - Cedar Lake 
  • 18 - Bilge Puller South Meeting
         - Bilge Puller North Meeting
  • 19-20 E Spring Regatta - Lake Geneva YC
  • 19-20 GLSS X-Boat Spring Clinic 

  • 9-10 Wawasee E Scow Regatta - Wawasee, IN
  • 22-24 US Sailing JOs - Okoboji
  • 23-24 MC Wisconsin Championship - Pine Lake
  • 25 - LBSS Opti - Beulah 
  • 26-27 - TRAP X - Pine Lake
  • 29-July 1 - US Sailing JOs - Lake Forest

  • 5-6 Quad Lakes - Beulah
  • 9-12 GLSS Dinghyfest 
  • 13-15 ILYA MC Invitational - Nagawicka
  • 13-15 ILYA E Invitational - Geneva 
  • 16-17 XTreme X Regatta - Oshkosh
  • 16-19 Area K Jr. Championships - Sheboygan
  • 21-22 ILYA C Invitational - Beulah
  • 21-22 WYA X - Cedar
  • 23 - ILYA No Tears - Beulah
  • 25-28 ILYA X Champs - Pewaukee
  • 29-31 ILYA Opti Champs - Pewaukee

  • 3-5 WYA C - Okauchee
  • 12-19 ILYA Championships - Minnetonka
    -  12-15 A/MC Scows 
    -  15 Bilge Pullers Dinner
    -  16-19 E/C Scows
  • 21-22 National MCSA Junior Championship -
    Cedar, WI
  • 23-26 MC Nationals - Pewaukee Yacht Club
  • 8-9 George Dorn MC - Beulah
  • 15-16 MC Fall Classic - North Lake Yacht Club
  • 22-23 NNN Beulah C Challenge - Beulah
  • 29-30 Polar Bear Regatta - Lake Davenport Sailing Club

ILYA Changes

New Website, New Renewal Process

Watch for a new look to the ILYA website in the next few weeks. It will be more modern, more user-friendly and more responsive to mobile devices. Our yearlong sponsors will be featured prominently, results readily and prominently displayed, our regatta photos at the forefront. The homepage will be your "one-stop" shopping spot for all ILYA regatta pre-event info and documents, during the event news/social media/results/photos and sponsor promotion. No need to go anywhere but ilya.org homepage during our events. 

The 2018 renewal process will introduce the ILYA's new partnership with RegattaToolbox. This will be our scoring and registration program for use at all ILYA events. No more ILYA membership numbers, no more "which email did I use" - it is more straightforward. The same email and text capability but you may register through Facebook Messenger for race results posting immediately upon races being scored. Renewal notices were sent out this week. Life members, you are already entered. Ignor any request to renew membership. Our database has all the members listed but, be assured, your life membership has been maintained. Family members, be sure and add additional family members at the end of your renewal process. Contact Dave Berg with any questions. 
Changes for your home lake to consider

You will see the return of a two-turns penalty for the MC fleet at ILYA events.
Appendix T, arbitration, will be added to the ILYA SI's. This is a "softer" protest procedure - meant to hasten the process, perhaps provide a more educational approach but it is an important part of the ILYA Corinthian initiative. The ILYA is encouraging firmer or more consistent execution of the RRS. The arbitration process makes protests more palatable. Look for more information on the ILYA's initiative and its desire to have this start at home.
Sailing Schools
  • The ILYA Youth Development Committee will host an independent Instructors Clinic June 7-8. Ed Eckert will welcome our instructors to Okauchee YC to discuss coaching, rules, drills, discipline, communication - all with an ILYA emphasis. Instructors will share successes or challenges with each other to improve skills and execution.
  • Look for an incentive program to be utilized to encourage sailing clean and fair. Education will be the emphasis this year but your school will have an opportunity to declare its intent to join the fair sailing movement in the ILYA

Scoring Program

The ILYA will move to RegattaToolbox for is scoring in 2018. This is a California-based company which provides support for its product. The owners are young and talented but, most importantly, responsive. Lake Geneva and Lake Beulah are moving to RegattaToolbox. If you are looking, give this a view. It is optimized for phone for viewing and scoring. Having said that, from the view of the signal boat, phone data entry is always difficult on our open-boat style of signal boats. 

Change to GLSS Dinghyfest
Parents and SS Directors

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TheOptimist Dinghy portionof the GLSS will now begin on Tuesday late afternoon.                                                                                   
This will allow for two-days of opportunity for great wind conditions.
Many of our sailors are already in attendance at the Monday-Tuesday X portion of Dinghyfest.
This will allow Optis to attempt two races on Tuesday afternooon and return on Wednesday for a full complement of great big lake sailing.
Sailing Schools, be sure and place the change on your calendars. 
ILYA Chicago Sailors, want to change to some Big Boat sailing downtown?
Big Boat Opportunity in Chicago

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Boyd Rice graciously consented to lead the ILYA Corinthian group through a strategic planning session to get the committee headed in the right direction. --- Thanks, Boyd.
For those of you who have been itching to go racing on Lake Michigan here is your chance. Spanker competes in the Beneteau 40.7 one-design fleet in Chicago (that's Spanker leading the way in the photo). Over the course of the summer we race in three weekend-long, round-the-buoy regattas, three (sometimes four) distance regattas, and Wednesday night Beer Cans. It's just the right blend of serious and social racing.
We sail out of DuSable Harbor at the foot of Randolph Street, perfect for those of you who live or work close to downtown.
If you're interested please contact me, Boyd Rice, at bvr8742@gmail.com. I'd love to tell you more.
Nagawicka to host Annual Event - July 18-19
Women and Girls of all Ages
Set the dates - For Opti and X sailors, this is your tune-up for the WYA, X and Opti ILYA Championships and the Blue Chips.

This is always the most special event where the instructor to student ratio is low which provides personalized guidance. 

The clinic will offer instruction in traditional Opti and X, 420. Moms, adult women sailors, grandmothers - plan to come to learn on land, on the water with other women from the ILYA. More as the course details develop. But SAVE THE DATE. You won't be disappointed. 
Pewaukee Announces Classes and Openings
New Classes for 2018:
420 Sailing for Teens:
The 420 teen class is designed for youth aged 12-18 who are interested in learning to sail in a fun, social environment. Students who register for multiple sessions will have the opportunity to participate in one or more regattas in the area. 
Opti Step 2:
Opti Step 2 is designed to bridge the gap between our Beginning Opti program and our Intermediate racing program. This class is perfect for sailors who are not ready to sail RWB fleet, and are just learning how to get around the Green Fleet race course.
Level 1 Prep Course:
 All Level 1 instructors adhere to the high standards set by US Sailing, and the Level 1 Prep Course is designed to give you the extra practice that many need to execute these standards
MYST HS Sailing: 
 Join a dedicated group of HS sailors, who race and sail with MYST, Lake Country's premier youth racing program, and take your sailing to the next level! Spring Meeting is March 12th, 6.30pm at Harken Industries. Open to sailors 8th-12th grade. 
Job Openings:
Pewaukee Lake sailing school is looking for dedicated instructors for their summer sailing programs. Currently we are accepting applications for Beginning/Intermediate Opti instructors and a Head Opti instructor. These positions work with our Learn-to-Sail and Learn-to-Race programs, aged 7-12. Experience instructing preferred. Level 1 preferred (PLSS will help qualified candidates obtain). Position is Full-time, seasonal. June-August, Monday-Friday. Pay commensurate with experience. Please reach out to sailplss@gmail.com or Director, Taylor Martin--970.231.8072.
Level 1 Instructor Training at Pewaukee
Small Boat Instructor Level 1 at Pewaukee Lake Sailing School 
5/31/2018   -   6/03/2018     
 Enroll Now 
(early registration discount until 5/3/2018)
There are 10 available slot(s) left
Pewaukee Lake Sailing School
PO Box 457
Pewaukee, WI 53072
  Contact: Taylor Martin
Instructors:   Sean Lennon
Mother's Day in Michigan
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Race Committee and Judges Courses - Sign up now!
Dellenbaugh was at his best with an audience in rapt attention as he simplified the starting procedure and gave his "secrets" to arriving in the top at the first windward mark. It's mostly about preparation, communication and the ability to adapt along the way. The essence of his success is to have a plan - albeit with knowledge and experience to back it up - but on a Dellenbaugh boat, the crew has a plan at the start. That is COMMUNICATED! The team knows and helps develop that plan. So when the planned strategy is challenged, perhaps rapidly, the team knows what to expect - they know the master plan. Lastly, a strategy always is altered by sailing's every changing conditions. Tactics and strategy are sometimes at odds but the experienced sailor can balance the overall strategy with the tactics required at the moment. A great deal of time was spent on oscillating wind vs. persistent shifts. Identifying the difference and positioning to adjust to each was a major topic in the afternoon. 

Most impressive were the 19 youth who participated fully. You could sense their engagement which deepened as the day progressed. Thanks to Dave Dellenbaugh for a grand day, to Dave Berg (ILYA Executive Director) who worked as videographer, technical advisor and kitchen staff. Dellenbaugh is a definitely "need to repeat" experience. 
April 6-7  Harken headquarters - Pewaukee, WI I-94 corridor
Bruce Martinson is the ILYA Judges' Committee chair. He also is serves in this capacity at US Sailing. He is foremost approachable and calm in his demeanor. We are fortunate to have Bruce for a casual Friday night and a certification course on Saturday. 
If you served at an ILYA event as a protest committee member last year, serve at your home club or just want to hear about rules and how to adjudicate matters on the water, this is the course for you. Friday night is free; Saturday is a US Sailing certification course. 
Rules discussion, Friday night; Judges course, Saturday
Local contact - Dave Berg; Instructor Bruce Martinson
Registration through US Sailing (16 slots available) - look for April 6-7 date in the list of judges courses. 
April 28      Harken headquarters - Pewaukee, WI I-94 corridor
Basic Race Committee course BUT with on - land practical skill learning
This is a fast-paced course which handles the basic administration of a race course, the rules that apply for running a regatta/race, tricks of the trade. This will NOT be a certification course this year. Many of you have been asking for the  "how to's" so come and learn the flags but also how to use a hand-bearing compass, radio etiquette, timed-based sailing chart, GPS. The participants will be practicing out in the Harken parking lot so come prepared to be outside in all but sleet and hail. Says Strassman, "I promise everyone will know how to work a GPS if they come".
If you are planning to come, consider borrowing or purchasing a Garmin 76 series, make a wind wand and borrow a handbearing compass. The ILYA will gather as many as possible to use if you just want to come and try all this. 
Registration will be up and running by next week's edition. Members will be $40; non-members $50. You will be able to renew your membership and sign up simultaneously. An Associate membership is all you need at $35. 
The GPS should look similar to this. There may be a letter after 76 but the basics are the same.
US Sailing Youth Sailing Championships
About the U.S. Youth Sailing Championships
About the U.S. Youth Sailing Championships
The U.S. Youth Sailing Championships is the pinnacle event for youth sailing in the United States. Annually, this US Sailing National Championship welcomes the top competitive U.S. youth sailors under 20, both young women and men, in multiple classes to race over four days.
As with all US Sailing Junior and Youth National Championships, competitors will receive world-class event management and support. The 2018 U.S. Youth Championships will be run by a team of experienced judges, coaches and race officers who will provide high quality racing for America's top youth talent. Since the first edition of the Youth Champs in 1973, the regatta has served as a transformative step for young sailors who aspire to reach the highest levels of sailing. U.S. Youth Championship participants fill the rosters of successful college sailing programs and routinely achieve All-American status. The Youth Champs is also part of the pathway for ambitious athletes who hope to earn a place on the US Sailing Team, and ultimately at the Olympic Games.
The 2018 U.S. Youth Sailing Championships is sponsored by Gill North America and Hobie Sunglasses.
US Sailing Contact: Jake Fish, US Sailing Communications Manager, jakefish@ussailing.org
Host, Location, Dates
Carolina Yacht Club
Wrightsville Beach, NC
June 23-27, 2018
Important Information about the 2018 U.S. Youth Sailing Championship
Championship Events
  • Doublehanded Dinghy - I 420
  • Skiff - 29er
  • Multihull - Nacra 15
  • Singlehanded Dinghy - Laser Radial
  • Singlehanded Dinghy - Laser
  • Windsurfer - Techno 293 Plus
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