Volume 12, Issue 14  
April 13, 2017
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2017 Regattas
More MC listings next edition - they are plentiful but many unconfirmed
21-23 Black Tie C/E - It's Back - Rush Creek, Tx
28-30 Charleston E - Carolina YC
6-7 Icebreaker C - Cedar, IN
13-14 Mother's Day C - Spring Lake, MI
13-14 Cedar MC/C Spring - Cedar, WI
20-21 LaBelle Tuneup C/X/MC - LaBelle YC
20-21 Geneva Spring E - Lake Geneva YC
20-21 - Heritage Spring E - Lake Hopatcing YC
3-4 Eastern C - TBD
10-11 MIR C - Long Lake, IL
10-11 Wauwasee E - 
Wauwasee YC, IN
16 - AHJ X - Cedar Lake, WI
16 - TCYS - Minnetonka
16-18 C Nationals - Okoboji
17-18 Payton E - Mendota YC
23 - TCYS - White Bear
23-25 A Nationals - Minnetonka
24-25 WI MC Champs - Nagawicka
26 - LBSS Opti - Lake Beulah 
27-28 TRAP X - Pine Lake YC
30 - TCYS - St. Croix
6-7 Quad Lakes X - Nagawicka
10-11 GLSS X - Lake Geneva YC
12 - GLSS Opti - Lake Geneva YC
14 - TCYS - Calhoun
14-16 ILYA MC Invitational - Lake Beulah YC
14-16 ILYA E Invitational - Pewaukee YC
17-18 Xtreme X - Oshkosh YC
18-21 US Sailing Chubb Junior Champs - Area K Qual - Minnetonka 
20-23 MC Masters Nationals - Cedar, WI
21 TCYS - Calhoun Opti only
21-23 Michigan E Invitional -Crystal Lake YC, MI
22-23 ILYA C Invitational - LaBelle YC
22-23 WYA X - Pine Lake YC
24 ILYA No Tears Opti -Nagawicka
26-29 ILYA X Champs - Delavan YC
28 TCYS- Wayzata 420 only
30-31 ILYA Opti Champs - Delavan YC
1 cont. ILYA Opti Champs - Delavan YC
3 Pram Power - North Lake
3-5 ECESA - Little Egg Harbor, NJ
2-5 Western MI Champs E/C/MC - Crystal Lake
4 TCYS - Wayzata
4-6 WYA C - Nagawicka YC
11-12 X Blue Chip - Cedar, WI
16-20 ILYA Championships - C/MC/A/E - Lake Geneva YC
8-10 Max C/MC Fall - Maxinkuckee YC
8-10 E Nationals - Carolina YC
9-10 Big Waters C - South Shore YC
16-17 C Blue Chip - Pistakee YC
16-17 Fenton Fall C - Lake Fenton YC
22-24 E Blue Chip - Pewaukee
23-24 NNN Beulah C Challenge - Lake Beulah YC
23-24 Lotawana C - Missouri YC
30 - Oct 1 - Polar Bear C/MC - Lake Davenport Sailing Club
7-8 C Worlds - Delavan YC
Brian Porter Takes 7TH National Melges 24 Title  
Unduplicated feat puts Porter in class of his own
Charleston must be his city. Porter put the rest of the field well behind as he dominated the 2017 national championship regatta last weekend. With son RJ, Matt Woodworth and Andy Burdick, he brings home another victory. The Rolex Yachtsman of the Year counted one second and the rest firsts in his way to the top of the medal stand. Congrats on another fine showing!!
College Nationals are lining up  
Wisco and Tulane girls IN at Women's Collegiate Nationals
What a photogenic Kate Klement! This photo graced the ICSA site this week and no wonder. Kate led the A division with Andrea Sullivan and Carolyn Keck sailing B's. Both teams dominated the regatta with only 1st and 2nds.
  Andrea Sullivan (Beulah) on far left, Carolyn Keck, middle, (LaBelle) and Kate Klement far right (Beulah) are ILYA members traveling to Charleston in late May. 
Meanwhile in warm Texas, Mary Berg (Beulah) second from left qualified in B's representing Tulane. 

The next three weeks will be full of qualifying events as the Boston area women's is yet to be determined and the ILYA has several women there. The Co-ed and Team Racing Nationals in other than the south are yet to be determined. Follow on collegesailing.org. 

The Fowle Team Racing Trophy was won by Yale with Malcolm Lamphere (Geneva) racing. Joe Rolander (Geneva) on the Tufts team was second . Competition is tight and escalating as we near nationals. 
Race Committeee Course  
New Rules, Familiar Faces, Steady Hand 
The ILYA is fortunate to call John Strassman a "friend of the Inland". As chair of the Rules Committee for US Sailing, Strassman brings the newest action on the rules and their interpretation to our region. The 2017-20 rules are generated internationally but many national authorities have select thoughts on changes for their nation's sailing. These "US prescriptions" are well-considered and, fortunately for us, well-explained by John Strassman of Milwaukee YC. 

Twenty-three participants listened to the basic course which culminates in a four-year certification if the test is passed and the individual is recommended. The information, certification or not, is most welcome. The course was filled with old-timers ready for re-certification, first timers. Maxinkuckee, Upper Minnetonka, White Bear and loads of local SE WI volunteers - great mix for great discussion.

The beauty of this system is the consistency of the ILYA operation of race committee, the advantage of Strassman's knowledge base here at home, the enthusiasm of our volunteers to learn. 

So that said, the editor is taking some license in the reporting of the course. 

Time to buy a U flag. - This was a flag which was utilized in the last quaddrenium but has now been made formal in the is edition of the RRS. It falls at the start between the penalty of a "Z" flag and a Black Flag. It carries less penalty for subsequent race scoring implications than the Black Flag - a bit gentler but perhaps flown more easily due to its lesser impact. Having said all that, the Black Flag is flown so infrequently in our home races that this is necessary definitely only for those hosting regattas. 

Suggestion - get medical info on all boats with emergency number. List on NoR.

Follow the rules - the new rules have simplified the process. There is no need to re-phrase them in SI's. They are well-written. Spend time on the alterations to the rules in your particular lake or regattas. Simplify your lives.

Dave Schmidt got a new title - no more measurer, he is now a technical committee. This allows "measurers" to protest sailors taking this area off the shoulders of the Protest Committee who often felt at a loss to execute scantling rules.   

Listen, use common sense - Sailing and race committee is teamwork. Listen to the sailors, listen to your fellow RC members. If the process is fair, you have made a good decision, i.e. all boats are over at .5 seconds. 
SI's and NoR's 
Look at Appendix S - the standard sailing instructions will make it easier. The class rules are implied to be in effect - no need to re-state them; the course diagrams are in this section. 
FYI - Chip Mann has drafted a set of standard sailing instructions for our fleets which can be adapted for use on your lake's local regattas. If you are like Beulah and Cedar, we have loads of local changes for the lake series. You will need to take a look to see if parts apply. 

NoR - in the editor's view, this is the most wide-reaching change. Rules that have been changed from the rulebook that impact the sailor's decision to attend need to be addressed in the NoR. A new addition is the separate listing of all the local information - social events, local ordinances, mooring, registration details. Appendix K is the template for this document. Thanks to Larry Krause for writing all our NoRs in the newest form. 

Both the NoR and SI's are binding in terms of the rules. Take care.   


 WHAT? Yes, the course designations change again!
1 - Look for an "A" on the course board. That means there is an offset at the mark. So you will see "WA" or "LA" - so we are all from WALA WALA, or NOLA? - It's all in Appendix S.  No "A", no offset. Can you imagine?
2 - There is consistency on one point. If the course is a "W", it is an upwind finish; an "L", it is a downwind finish
3 - New change - the numbering has changed. (Oh, for the days of a "1/2") The number on the board now indicates the number of times the boat will pass that mark. A WA4 means the finish is the fourth time the boat passes that mark ( a W7 last year or an old 3 1/2)- and there is an offset.  An L4 means no offset, the finish is leeward and the boat has gone up and down for a total of 8 legs. The finish is the fourth time the boat is to leeward. The sailor has sailed four leeward legs. 
4 - Truly, forget the words Olympic, Gold Cup. Look at Appendix S and determine what to call a triangle, W-L-W. You enjoyed it, you can use it for part of the Bilge Pullers wannabe test. Or there is always, "in the old days" . . . 
Black Tie - a Revival!!  April 21-23. Not too late to go!  
15 C's; 11 E's
The registration roster displays a nice mix of new and old names but the old names are now on children of the stalwart sailors who made the trek for the first warm water of the year. It's hard to think of this event without recalling the margarita machine. It was a wonder to behold. A live band to dance to and dance we all did. It's gorgeous, round water in a reservoir. The club's hospitality was reknown and it's not clear we were the most sophisticated of guests. After 24 hours in the car, most of us were ready to party. 

  • High winds. New girlfriends attending their first regatta were in shock! Yep, that was my baptism.  
  • Woody Baskerville never missed a regatta
  • Chilton and Prokup made us feel like princes
  • Katie Goes brother, Mr. Anderson was the PRO who was so proficient.
  • Champagne on tap
  • Davenport packing up and found he had lost his rudder, bought a new one and then found his original one in the front of the boat - yep, that was the Frank Sr. program
  • The Melges trailer - I swear it was a dozen boats. All the new boats were received at the Black Tie. The excitement over the look and smell of new boats was intoxicating.
  • A personal favorite - breakdowns, visiting junkyards for trailer parts only to hear "watch out for snakes!"   
 May all the youngsters create memories just like ours!!
Head to Michigan for Mothers Day  

MIR C - Long Lake, IL  

Come Visit Long Lake
Most of you have never sailed Long Lake, IL. You oldsters have in the day of Normie Reese - you are probably too old to still be sailing. Remember Sander Sundberg? He was from here. 

You youngsters have partied well with the Madden family. They travel often and well so it's time to return the favor and plan to attend. You know the party will be great. There is new enthusiasm on the lake as the Ringa brothers, Wes Mottlau (Reese nephew) and Kercher family plan to show us all a good time. 

'Boji for C Nationals.   

Melges is ready; are you?  

Melges MC video - get ready for the season
Melges MC video - get ready for the season

Oshkosh Xtreme Regatta  
Geneva Sponsorship Opportunities - Make the event even better  
The Best is Yet to Come at Geneva 
Good, better, best! That's how the organizing committee has viewed this marvelous three-year event at Geneva. Each year has become easier and allowed us to improve. The first year was amazing as sod was laid and walls were painted the day before the event began. What a wonder it was to arrive and see the new Buddy Melges Sailing Center. It arose like a phoenix from springtime construction.  Hats off to all to all those at Geneva who made the vision for the new facility a reality.
The second year was like breathing new, fresh air. The physical site was completed which allowed us to concentrate on and improve logistics. 
Now year three ---- WE'VE GOT THIS! It's time to concentrate entirely on making this the best event yet. We want to thank those ILYA members who have supported us in   the first two years.  There will be even more opportunities for individuals as well as organizations at various sponsorship levels.  
Sponsorships directly impact the quality of the event. In addition to the fabulous morning breakfasts which have been a big hit, we would like to enhance the afternoon appetizers with the help of your sponsorship, or bring your own ideas to make this better event for you and your friends. 
Of course, if you want to have the naming rights for the entire regatta, a Title Sponsorship is yours for the asking.  In addition, affordable Supporting Sponsorships are available. If you are celebrating something special this year and want a breakfast or cocktail named after you or your club, contact David Perrigo, our new ILYA Sponsorship Chair, for more information. 
Here is a general guideline for sponsorship levels:
Saturday Night can be named after you: $1,500
Breakfast is $875 for all four or $250 per morning
After Race cocktail parties are $750 for all three or $275 for a single night.
Our Premium levels of support are as follows:
Title sponsor $10,000            
Presenting $7,500                   
Platinum $5,000                       
Gold $3,500
Silver $2,500
Bronze $1,250
Support $750 and under 
Lastly, the regatta committee has instituted reserved seating upstairs in the dining and enclosed porch area. If you want to assure your seat for the Fri and Sat dinners, you may ask that the tables be reserved for your family or your boat for $100 per seat. Tables will be reserved for parties of 8 and 10. Smaller party reservations will be combined to make full tables. Friday and Saturday from 5:00 to end of the evening, you may enjoy the air-conditioned, softer seating with a view of the lake. The income from this donation will provide added value again to the sailors. With a reservation of $500 or more, your name will be included in the sponsorship material as any other donation. 

Sponsorship money allows the organizing committee to lower social package prices, add more entertainment or add other upgrades to improve your experience. An early commitment assists the committee with social planning and pricing. The deadline to reserve your sponsorship is April 23rd. 
Thank you for your consideration us.  And hurry - many of our sponsorship opportunities will go fast!
New C fleet in Canada  
My name is Matt Poile and I sail out of Erieau, Ontario, Canada (). We have a C-scow fleet here (10 boats) and will be holding a regatta on June 24 and 25. If possible, we would like to sanction our event with the NCSSA.
The regatta will be a two day event, June 24 and 25. Expecting the boats to arrive Friday night, sail all day Saturday and Sunday morning and be out of the water by 12pm. We have not decided on the entry fee yet, it will be reasonable, it will include food for the weekend and we will find lodging for the participants.

A quick history:

Racing at Erieau started before the turn of the century beginning with large two-masted schooners that were also used for commercial fishing. Soon sailing dinghies built locally by Pop and Al Weir were the yachts of choice and an Erieau Championship Cup Race was established. Although there was no known record of a formal organization as we know it today before 1932, those who liked sail boats held regular races on weekends and holidays, except during both world wars. 

Today, the tradition continues with summers packed full of racing, sailing and swimming lessons for everyone in the community, as well and a packed social calendar for our members and friends. We offer a full day junior sailing program in July and August and Saturday junior racing. Seniors race the C-Scow and Lark every Sunday during July and August. 

We have been racing Lark's since the 1930's and the C-scow for the last 15 years. Before the C-scow, we raced M-16's for about 15 years.
Here is the google maps link:
Please respond with any questions, I will be glad to answer.