White Bear Yacht Club
2006 ILYA Class A Scow Open Invitational
July 20-23, 2006
Final Results


Friday, July 21: Race Report
Friday morning dawned with some high clouds at White Bear Lake, site of the first ever ILYA Championship Regatta. By 8 am light rain and drizzle moved in. Winds were light and variable while the rain ensued and PRO Tom Hodgson held off sending the competitors out until the weather stabilized.

Once on the water, breezes freshened to the 7 - 10 mph range and 12 A scows graced the starting line at White Bear. This was possibly the largest A fleet start ever on this lake where A scows were invented and the ILYA was formed back in 1897.

With a start on the south shore, the W - 3 1/2 course was set "through the slot" between Manitou Island and the Peninsula. This is one of the trickier courses on White Bear as anyone who has sailed here will attest. Tom Burton (M9) and his "Victory-by-Design" team played the shifts well the first time up and got around the windward pin first to take an early lead. If they looked back it was only to enjoy the scenery of 11 spinnakers giving chase.

Dave Willette (M11) sailing "Slingshot", with White Bear native Jule Hannaford pulling main, held second place throughout much of the race with John Stark (V333) on "No Ka Oi" hot on his tail. Stark also brought aboard some local lake knowledge in the form of Dan Guidinger. As the race continued, the winds lightened up significantly and as M9 approached the windward mark the third time, PRO Hodgson made the decision to shorten the course to a W - 3 with a downwind finish.

The light breeze made for some tough decisions on the final downwind leg and allowed V333 to overtake M11 on the last half of the leg to capture second place. Lee Alnes (W1) held off Ken Broen (W28) to finish 4th and 5th respectively.

Winds continued to diminish as the cloud cover cleared and any attempt at a second race will have to wait until Saturday morning with a posted start time of 10:30 am. Race 2 will feature the famed "6 knot Course" sailed at the original ILYA Championship Regatta. Click Here for an example of the course taken from a Minnesota Historical Society graphic dated 1891.



Saturday, July 22: Race Report
Friday night saw another luxurious lawn party at the home of Ford and Catherine Nicholson at their estate on the tip of the Peninsula. This is truly one of the finest places to celebrate the history and comradeship that is ILYA sailing! Thanks to the Nicholson's for an excellent evening and to our party committee leaders Judy Alnes, Bernie Kruse and Janet Callahan for all their hard work coordinating a wonderful evening!

Saturday morning was windless and after a brief excursion onto the waters of White Bear Lake, Race 2 was abandoned and we made our way back to the Club for lunch to wait for the wind to build. There is nothing quite like firing three guns and raising a checkered flag to summon the wind and this time it worked well!

By early afternoon it was "Game On" and we headed out to try the historic 6 Knot Course sailed by our forefathers. I think most would agree that this was a tough course and it provided some excellent competition. When was the last time you did a port tack, downwind start with your spinnaker up? Conditions were light and variable, but tolerable and we got the race in. The final leg from Wildwood to Center saw a determined tacking duel between John Stark (V333) on "No kA Oi" and Tom Burton (M9) with his "Victory". This time Stark prevailed and took top honors, followed by Burton, Blair Jenness (M6), Dave Willette (M11) and Lee Alnes (W1) rounding out the top five in Race 3.

Race 4 was back to the typical Windward-Leeward course with a shortened W 3 1/2. Wind picked up into the 7 - 10 mph range at times and were light and fluky at other times but it was a great race. This time Burton (M9) was back in winning form, followed by Stark (V333), Blair Jenness (M6), Jason Brown (W3) and Ken Broen (W28) for the top five positions.

An early start on Sunday morning will attempt to get in two more races if the weather cooperates. Now we're off to the White Bear Yacht Club for some cocktails and a world famous dinner (and maybe a few stories too).



Sunday, July 23: Race Report
Saturday night's affair at the White Bear Yacht Club featured cocktails, snacks and a jazz combo at poolside, followed by a fantastic buffet dinner as only WBYC can do. The great music continued in the Club House, the food was wonderful and the fun was flowing as we watched the sun set over the water from the dining room. Everyone had a great time - new friends were made, and old friends reminisced.

Unfortunately, it turns out that today's report is a "non-race" report as the wind just didn't materialize until much later in the day, well past our noon deadline to get a race started. Knowing the tight scores, with just one point separating first and second and just 2 points separating third and fifth places, PRO Hodgson did everything he could to hold out until the last minute before making the decision to abandon Race 5 and call it a regatta.

Boats were whisked back to the Yacht Club for a luncheon and awards ceremony prior to hauling out and saying our good-byes. Tom Burton (M9) and the Victory team took first place, just edging out John Stark (V333). Blair Jenness (M6) finished third and snagged the last of the fantastic trophies donated by Brad and Suzanna Robinson.

The new White Bear - Minnetonka A Scow Challenge Trophy, rekindling a cross-town rivalry that goes back over 100 years, went to the Minnetonka Team with overall finishes of 1st, 3rd and 4th. The Trophy is a beautiful silver platter originally won by Wille Crear in the 1970's and donated by Crear and the Minnetonka Yacht Club. Brad and Suzanna Robinson had the trophy refurbished and it is truly a thing of beauty.

Special Thanks to Commodore Hodgson and his team for a fine job officiating - overheard on the Yacht Club lawn "I've sailed all over the country and you never get judging as good as in the ILYA!" Our regatta committee did a flawless job pulling everything together and we sincerely appreciate the job they did. The WBYC would like to thank all our guests and their families for joining us this weekend and we hope to see you all soon at another ILYA event.

Next year we'll host the ILYA Class E Invitational and hope all of you in scow country will take the opportunity to visit us for what promises to be another White Bear Classic!

Compiled by Lee Alnes

Place Sail Skipper Home Lake Boat Name
Race 1
Race 3
Race 4
Total Points
1 M9 Tom Burton Minnetonka Victory
1
2
1
4
2 V333 John Stark Pewaukee No kA Oi
2
1
2
5
3 M6 Blair Jenness Minnetonka Comet
7
3
3
13
4 M11 Dave Willette Minnetonka Slingshot
3
4
7
14
5 W1 Lee Alnes White Bear Hufflepuff
4
5
6
15
6 W28 Ken Broen White Bear Snitch
5
7
5
17
7 W3 Jason Brown White Bear Type A
6
11
4
21
8 V89 Erich Schloemer Calhoun Felix Felicis
8
8
8
24
9 W11 Kathy Sanville White Bear Hedwig
9
10
9
28
10 Z1 Tom Erickson Clear Lake Chaos
11
6
12
29
11 W7 Steve Johnson White Bear Gryphon
10
9
11
30
12 W8 Hod Irvine White Bear A Men
12
12
10
34

23 Jul, '06, 11:39
St. Pete Scorer