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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
|College Nationals are lining up
|East Coast Girls Make the Cut for Women's Collegiate Nationals
So here's how it works. Each college region competes in a quarterfinal, in a manner of speaking. The number of teams to advance in each region depends on the depth of the field in each region. The two eastern regions MAISA and NEISA have 7 and 10 qualifiers; the other regions fewer. While all the teams from the nation advance to the site of the Nationals - this year Charleston - the girls spend two days competing in the Semifinals and only the top 18 will actually sail the Nationals. It is a surprise each year. Since the winner of each region is automatically exempt from the Semi's and moves straight to the Nationals, it is not rare to see some team from the Semi's who has two-day's experience on the host lake claim the title although they did not win the regional qualifier. With a no wind or heavy wind day, some teams are out in one day of sailing.
Above, Kate Cox (White Bear) qualified from Hobart and William Smith. She is shown with her parents.
Annika Ekholm and Addy Ferguson (both Minnetonka) will represent Fordham in the Women's Semifinals. Annika will always be known to the editor as the little junior X boat sailor who most capably wrote to the ILYA Board for a change in the scantlings to allow the number 00 to be utilized. You figure it out!
Mary Claire Kiernan (Beulah) sailing for Tufts finished in the top 10 of her region to advance to Charleston.
In the Midwest, Co-ed qualifying saw Wisconsin, Northwestern, and UW-M move on again to semifinals for co-ed sailing. ILYA sailors qualifying the teams were Kate Klement (Wisco - Beulah), Mark Davies (Northwestern - Lake Geneva), Parker Trepton (UWM - LaBelle), Susie Voltz (UWM - White Bear) and Jack Behrend (UWM - Nagawicka). Also participating from ILYA member club Brown's Lake was Andre Deriaz.
Below, parents have as much fun as the sailors. David Ferguson, Ekholms and Coxes - the Minnesota quintet, cheered on their daughters. No one travels better than ILYA parents.
|Sailing Schools , Instructors -- Sign up now
|Early classes are filling FAST
Chicago YC is full; Oshkosh has a waiting list. Hoofers is still open. May 11-14. There are nine slots open - it is in danger of getting cancelled so please sign up. Madison is truly 1 - 1.5 hours from nearly all our SE WI lakes so commuting is possible. Cedar Lake, WI has a few openings but is in June when some schools are already in session.
If you have sailing instructors who are not certified, please, please consider this course. In particular, this is the site to take the course since it is instructed by Cappy Capper who has been a member of the national team developing this curriculum for years. He has instructed for over 30 years in both sailing and skiing. He is exceptional. Our young instructors are often great sailors but need assistance with administrative skills, organizational skills, presentation and safety concerns. This is the course for them.
It may be during some school days but what they learn here will instill good preparation for communicating for that next interview or job opportunity. They video each other and critique each other in a most unthreatening manner. Lots to be learned here.
|Erik Bowers in Hyeres
|by Erik Bowers
I am writing this flash update from the south of France in the town of Hyeres. This seaside spot in Provence annually hosts Sailing World Cup Hyeres. The regatta features all of the Olympic Classes, including a world class fleet of 60 Lasers. The championship runs from April 25-30.
Here's a video showing some of the conditions that Hyeres is known for.
This regatta follows a quick 3 week turnaround after racing in Mallorca earlier in April. After the Princess Sofia Regatta, I returned to Long Beach and promptly got back into the gym. The second week in Long Beach featured some sailing out of ABYC with Chris Barnard. We worked on some "homework" drills given to us by coach Chris Dold after competing in Palma.
All three of us flew back to Barcelona on the morning of the 18th. After a rendezvous (we're in France now after all) at the baggage claim, we took a train to the storage facility where our rental car and trailer were stored. We got on the road for a 6 hour road trip from Barcelona to Hyeres, passing the Pyrenees mountains and a few idyllic seaside towns that Provence is known for. We finally arrived in Hyeres late in the evening after 30+ hours of travel (worth it, of course!).
The next 4 days featured on the water training in various conditions, including 2 days of strong breeze and 2 days of medium breeze. The heavy days featured upwind work on tacking, gybing, accelerating, and basic hiking form. The downwind sailing was quite wild and all about keeping the boat stable and fast. A large portion of the fleet was out training, making for some fast paced action! Add in a couple tune up sessions at the gym and we are ready to go!
The fleet at this regatta is a world class fleet of 60. There is no qualifying series, so all 5 days of fleet racing will be gold fleet level racing. There are 2 races scheduled each day for 10 races total and one discard race.
The goals here are simple: high starting percentage, pass boats after the first mark, and execute better in a few common situations. Coach Dold will be giving Chris and I quality information before the start, helping us get a clean opening to each race.
Results will be available on the event website:
Thank you all for your support on this Tokyo 2020 endeavor! Excited to get into the racing tomorrow!
|Get Tuned Up at LaBelle - May 20-21st
|Calling all C, MC and X boats
Calling all C, MC, and X boats: A revamped sailing and social schedule makes the Tune-Up the perfect last spring regatta before the season starts. Last year we had a spring regatta best TWENTY EIGHT C boats!
The brand new Oconomowoc Community Center is once again the lakeside regatta HQ with FREE beer ALL weekend. That's right, even with the reduced entry fee from previous years and under-25 discount, the beer will be flowing. Russ Sobotta will be the PRO so be on the starting line at 10 am Saturday morning and get tuned up with 3-4 shorter races planned for the day. Immediately following racing, join us for a classic Lac LaBelle party with food and drinks provided for all.
Make sure to register right away to avoid any late fees. Head over to www.labelleyachtclub.org for more details and registration.
As a Blue Chip qualifying event there is no better way to get tuned-up than sailing the challenging waters of Labelle. Housing is available upon request and for more information please reach out to Gene Arenson at firstname.lastname@example.org
or Kyle Stack at email@example.com.
We look forward to seeing everyone at LaBelle for the Tune-Up!
|Buddy Melges Sailing Team
|by John Holland
The Buddy Melges Racing Team, starting with its first regatta at the September 2016 USODA Mid-West Championships, has continued its meteoric growth! Lead by Marek Valasek, nine Optimist practices will have been held on Lake Geneva in April alone. Here is a picture from last Sunday's practice where twelve Optimist sailors participated - with some having traveled from New York and Minnesota for the weekend practice. We are training hard for the upcoming USODA Team Trials in Brant Beach, NJ May 6-14. Coaching the Buddy Melges Racing Team at that event will be Coach Valasek and fellow US National Team coach Scott Norman.
An assistant coach has been added to our weekend practices to help manage the number of sailors that are eagerly signing up. There is another racing practice this coming weekend April 29/30 for racing level Opti sailors. Sailors are expected to be rigged and ready at stated arrival times. Practices begin promptly with a 2 mile warm-up run (so bring your running shoes) and sailors need to bring their own healthy lunches in a waterproof bag.
Starting in the fall (immediately after Labor Day), the Buddy Melges Racing Team's Optimist schedule will expand further to include a Green (Learn to Race) level fleet with separate coaches allocated to this younger group. Expect to see 30+ Optimists on the water each weekend on Lake Geneva, all while our older youth sailors continue to go fast and train in their 29er's and Melges 14's!
Join this exciting new Midwest Optimist Racing Team by emailing . Follow us on Facebook and at . Stay tuned this summer for more information on our Fall fleets but start planning now to join us!
|Delavan - X and Opti Champs
1. Lawn Lawn Resort (on Delavan Lake) - There are a block of rooms reserved for the regatta but filling up fast, reserve now to secure a spot.
2400 E. Geneva St.
2. Delavan Comfort Suites
313 Bauer Parkway
3. Delavan Lake Resort
1505 South Shore Dr.
4. Delavan Super 8 Motel
518 Borg Rd
5. AmericInn Elkhorn
210 East Commerce Court
|ZENDA U - Oconomowoc - June 8-9
|Recommendation from US Sailing regarding RSS position on Support Persons
US Sailing Advisory to Race Officials and Organizing Authorities
The following was sent to certified US Sailing RC. While World Sailing drafts the new rulebook, each nation has the right to make changes or recommendations. US Sailing has drafted the following for this season.
Regarding a Discrepancy between Rule 64.4(b) and Rule 63.1
There is a discrepancy between new rule 64.4(b), which permits protest committees to penalize competitors for actions by support persons, and rule 63.1, which says, "A boat or competitor shall not be penalized without a protest hearing, except as provided in rules 30.2, 30.3, 30.4, 64.3(d), 69, 78.2, A5 and P2." (Note that rule 64.4(b) is not included in this list.)
The position of the US Sailing Race Administration Committee is that under the rules as currently written, a protest committees cannot penalize a competitor under rule 64.4(b).
If a support person breaks a rule that applies to boats - for example, by cleaning the bottom of a boat during an event in violation of a sailing instruction - or if the action of the support person results in the boat breaking another rule (for example, rule 41), the boat may be protested for breaking a rule. And if in the ensuing protest hearing the protest committee decides that the boat has broken a rule, it shall disqualify her unless some other penalty applies.
If, on the other hand, a support person breaks a rule that applies only to support persons - for example, if a coach fails to observe limits for coach-boat positioning as stated in a sailing instruction - and no rule applying to boats is broken, then only the support person may be penalized with the protest committee acting under rule 64.4(a).
Both rules 63.1 and 64.4(b) are rules of Part 5 and may be changed by the notice of race or sailing instructions under rule 86.1(b). However, the Race Administration Committee's position is that neither the notice of race nor the sailing instructions should remove the due process safeguards provided to a boat or competitor by rule 63.1.
Thus, race officials and organizing authorities in the United States are strongly advised:
- Not to penalize a competitor under rule 64.4(b) because we believe that it is not permitted by the rules; and
- Not to use the notice of race or sailing instructions to change rule 63.1 to permit them to penalize a competitor under 64.4(b), because doing so removes due process safeguards that protect a boat or competitor.
US Sailing will defer further guidance on this matter pending action by the World Sailing Racing Rules Committee.
US Sailing Race Administration Committee
Hank Stuart, Chairman
Dave Perry - Appeals, Jim Thweatt - Classifiers, Stephen Wrigley - Judges, Chris Howell - Measurers and Equipment Inspectors, John Strassman - Race Management, Rob Overton - Racing Rules, Glenn Oliver - Umpires
Questions & Answers
Question 1: May a protest committee penalize a boat or competitor without a hearing for the actions of a support person?
Answer 1: No. Such a penalty without a hearing is not permitted by rule 63.1.
Question 2: May the notice of race or sailing instructions change rule 63.1 pursuant to rule 86.1(b) to allow the protest committee to penalize a boat or competitor for the actions of a support person?
Answer 2: Although the answer is yes, the US Sailing Race Administration Committee strongly advises against taking this action because doing so removes due process safeguards that protect a boat or competitor.
Question 3: What can a boat, race committee, protest committee or technical committee do if it believes that a boat has violated a rule (such as a sailing instruction or rule 41) because of the actions of a support person?
Answer 3: A boat, race committee, protest committee or technical committee may file a protest against the boat for violating a sailing instruction or other rule.
A PDF version of this advisory may be found on the of the US Sailing website.