Volume 11, Issue 60 August 10, 2016  
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LAST DAY to order meals and party tickets  
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Lunches
1 - This option expires Wednesday. These are not normal bag lunches - sailor-sized.  Upscale lunches again provided by Toothpicks. These were generous quantity and of great quality last year. This is your fastest option on site. Lunches arrive at 8:30 but are also available at lunch time. 
 
Parties - Invite anyone. We have added capacity this year
FridayWrist bands will be distributed each night to one person from your boat. No worry about leaving in car or hotel or boat. Dinner at the club. This is our Sail it Forward evening where we honor your club's volunteer of the year. Please join us in applauding the efforts of the volunteers. We would not enjoy sailing without their efforts. Videos of the volunteers will run throughout the event. 
Saturday - Trophy presentation for some of our fleets - A's and MC's will definitely be awarded that night. The C's may have completed the requisite number of races, weather permitting. This is a bit more upscale so enjoy the evening.

All tickets with the exception of Bilge Pullers and Wednesday night are available online. If you want to write a check or pay upon arrival, send today but email candaceporter@wi.rr.com today: 

ILYA - attention Candace Porter
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We NEED you!  
Volunteer slots still available
The site is ready, caterers are set. Numbers are increasing by the day. Since starting this edition, 10 new orders have come in this morning, now we need to complete the task. All of you are invited to share in the event; this is a partnership between the ILYA, Lake Geneva Yacht Club and YOU!! If you are not sailing, consider working a shift - flip some burgers, place tablecloths, drive a tractor or golf cart, come early and hang signs, stuff goodie bags -- we can use you. Use the link below to see what's left. We all work together so well. Meet new friends and welcome the sailors of the day. 

Notes from Rio - Julie's Jottings  
Day five
 
Today was a 'wake up, Sunshine' kind of day.  Up and out of the apartment by 7:30 to watch rowing.  Rowing was abandoned yesterday due to high winds.  They tried to start a few of the races and sculls flipped so today was a big day with lots and lots of happenings at the rowing site.  Thankfully the rowing venue is only a ten minute ride from the apartment.  Rowing parents were enthusiastic but not in a swimming parent kind of way.  There was a wonderful community among the parents from the various countries and all seemed supportive of one another.  It was quite refreshing.  The US didn't do as well as I expected (i.e. not qualifying in every event).  The day was overcast and in the high 60's - perfect for sitting on a rock hard plastic seat for three hours.  I'm glad I went but don't feel the need to go back.
 
Our driver, Carlos, is still with us.  I want to believe he likes us, there are glimmers of hope, but by the tone of his voice when he's speaking on the phone, I know in my heart that he wishes we'd go home.  We'll have to leave him a big tip when we leave, maybe then he'll change his mind and think us a decent lot.  Our days are planned by Kent, communicated to our Brasilian contact by me, then she contacts the driver, Carlos.  Well, today, the communication broke down.  On our way to the next event, swimming, to watch Michael Phelps in the semi-finals, our driver got bad direction from the office.  He was heading toward the beach instead away from it - NOOOOO!  He was told to go to sailing instead. Thankfully Kent figured it out.  He jumped out of the van on the beach.  Kent ended up walking to watch sailing (about four miles), the rest of hustled to get to the swimming venue. We got there in the plenty of time to watch Phelps.
   
 
If you watch the medal ceremonies at the Games, the US medalists are wearing 'podium' jackets.  Each athlete received one in their Olympic gear package which they are not supposed to try on unless they get on the podium.  Seriously.  Annie didn't even touch hers, kept it in the gear bag.  The US has a USA house (a high rise) where dignitaries stay, parties are hosted, and there is a shop with all things USA gear for sale on the ground floor. I won't tell you what I bought, but I bought it BEFORE Annie told me what it was.
 
Thankfully it's an early one tonight and slumber can last until 8:00.  Nirvana.
 
Day Six - in this morning and now we are caught up
It was a tale of two cities today. Breakfast was eaten at a somewhat leisurely pace and thank goodness Deusa (or De USA as Kent calls her) was there to enlighten us in the craft of coffee making in Brasil.  Extremely similar to that in the US, just have to find the right buttons.  It was a dah moment.
 
Our first event of the day was beach volleyball.  Finally I get to vent at those ***&^* who keep us up at night.  Kent was on world record pace to get to the venue.  Forgetting my phone back at the apartment ended up being a bonus.  By the time De and I caught up with them (we had a civilized stroll on the beach getting to the venue) they were already deep in the queue and well, we won.  The queue was the longest one yet and once we got in were treated to Brasil vs. Canada in a very warm open air stadium. This venue was by far the most lively yet - the wave, chanting, and lucky us had seats right in front of the band.  Yup, a band, a very loud band at 11:00 a.m. Sections that the crowd didn't feel participated well enough in the wave were booed.  We kept our section behaving.  The Canadians pulled out a major upset which thoroughly deflated the crowd - and the band. Thankfully they left before the next match, the US vs. Mexico.  The good guys won and it's always fun to see the flags waving and English being chanted.
 
The boys don't know how to stroll.  I think about getting old and taking walks with my husband.  When I get back to the States, I'm going to investigate those roller shoes.  They may pay off when I  get older but are going to take time to perfect their use.  Better start now. They clippity clopped back to the apartment and my sister and I took the opportunity to visit some of the local stalls on the beach.  Close your eyes and imagine a tourist trap Anywhere, USA.  Pretty much the same. Going off the main drag and hitting some sides streets was uneventful.  Wall to wall people on the sidewalks, silly shops, but one delicious chocolate shop.  They were heavenly - all six of them.
 
At 13:00 we hopped into the van with Carlos, my new BFF, destination Deodora to watch rugby sevens.  Driving from Copacabana to Deodora wound us through a few neighborhoods where I was sure Carlos was going to abandon us due to our bad behavior in the past. The man has a heart, he slowed down just enough to put the fear of God in us but continued on.  We crossed several bridges before coming to masses of rocks sticking out of a bay, with a church precariously perched at the top of one, the only building in sight. Stunning, but on the other side of the bridge was some of the worst water contamination I have ever seen - and smelly -  and we were inside an air conditioned van. Plastic in all shapes and sizes, tires, appliances and, Lord knows, what else lined a canal that was some of brownest oil slicked I have ever witnessed.  Behind this canal was, you guessed it, favelas.  My heart broke.
 
Deodora is a military town and once you get close to it, aquatic tanks, tanks, trucks with soldiers lining the back and hordes of soldiers everywhere.  Carlos drops us off in the midst of a tank swarmed with soldiers with a look that says, 'you best behave.' There's a charming esplinade in the middle of town; well, it would have been charming if those darn boys with guns weren't everywhere.  Traffic was not allowed on the roads so walking in crowds was easy.  The Deodora complex is home to Equestrian events, rugby, fencing and field hockey.  It's huge.  Maybe it just feels bigger than the Olympic Training center where the swimming is held because there's grass.  IDK.  All I know is that at the end of the day we had walked over ten miles today - it's become a habit in Rio.
 
The rugby was actually fun to watch.  Maybe it's because my attention span is that of a gnat and rugby was only seven minutes per half with a two minute halftime. And the guys are huge and ripped.  And the Americans won.  We watched six matches, the most entertaining was the last one, Fugi vs. Argentina.  Fuji is a force to be reckoned with and, man, those boys are fast.  It was a fun way to end the night.
 
There are two sports here in Rio that are not yet in the Games;  Women's toilet squatting (bring your own tp and for heaven's sake DO NOT put the paper into the toilet.  Points deducted for that.) and lane straddling.   Carlos would do very well at one in that one.  It's almost an intimidation thing, I think.  It was scary at first and now it's like, 'Ya, Carlos, you show them!'
 
I'll be happy when tomorrow's over. --- Julie

How to watch Olympic sailing  
Annie Haeger begins Aug 10th

 

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ILYA Champs - Interview with the Champs #3 - 4 - 5  
Pat Hughes and Team Melvin
 
What is the most distinctive thing about your team?
Well ... We have never sailed together. Things on Melvin are a bit blended this year. Little South Dakota (Coye), little Michigan (Charlie Harrett),lots Geneva (Clifford Porter, Harry Melges) and plenty of TONKA (Tony Jewett and the three Hughes boys) 
If you were a professional  athletic team, who would you be and why?
We would definitely be the er ah...Iowa barnstormers
Superstitions related to sailing a race?
If your leading you have to stay out the latest. 
Team movie or song (youtube links welcome)?
Tony JEWETT sings a mean sweet Caroline.
Your one sai Yoling tip
Start with the best team. It works
If you could have anyone in the world as your heavy air crew, who would it be and why?
Charlie Harrett...I want to hear him whine!! And he is he best in a lot of ways. Close 2nd Hans Melges 
Why do you attend the Inland Championships?  Or    What is one of your most memorable Inland Championship races?
The Inland is everything that is good about the sport. Families, great sailing, great parties, great food, and most of all great friends. I can't wait to spend the week at lake Geneva. 
Most memorable race. Mendota when we just got to Andy Burdick and made him tack just before the finish.  It won us the regatta.
 
 
Harry Melges
Harry IV - A and E skipper
What is the most distinctive thing about your team? 
The most distinctive thing about our team is that when the breeze is up we will have four Melges family members on the boat!
If you were aprofessional athletic team, who would you be and why?
I think I would want to be on the Packers so I could beat on the Bears.
Superstitions related to sailing a race?
I really like bananas so I'm throwing that one out the door. Only in the Inland, I don't finish the practice race.
Team movie or song?
 What a bloody great day to go sailing (The Wolverines)
 Your one sailing tip
Take no Prisoners.
If you could have anyone in the world as your heavy air crew, who would it be and why?
Probably a young John Porter. I think back in the day he just had the will to hike as hard as he could all day, and with that height it was fast! I also know he was the best crew in the inland when he was crewing. Editor's note - emphasis added by editor - OUCH, John! 
Why do you attend the Inland Championships?  What is one of your most memorable Inland Championship race?
I love going to the Big Inland because it is the Pinnacle of the ILYA. It is always such a fun event and super good sailing.....against the best sailors around!
Dave Davenport and the Red Eye

What is the most distinctive thing about your team? 
Well, probably that we are a bunch of jackasses, but I think others consider the fact that we are a bunch of C boaters from Beulah (Peter raced there for many years). We must be doing something right, as rumor has it Harry Melges was heard to exclaim multiple times during the 2016 A Nationals at Torch Lake "those *darn* Beulah guys have locked in to another one!"  We were just wondering where to put the cup holders.
If you were a professional  athletic team, who would you be and why?
I guess the Cleveland Browns, except they are not good enough.  But if they were ever the best team, you'd take the Browns to the Superbowl and that is DEFINITELY what we talk about on the Red Eye!  At least that's what she said.  
Superstitions related to sailing a race?
Cooler must have Mount Gay (never water in the cooler), Ojo Rojo at 333, we always go left, and making sure none of the crew are in a ditch.
Team movie or song (youtube links welcome)?
Molly turned us on to it at the Nationals and knows all the words and so we'll have to go with  "I'm on a boat!" Red Eye Song  (PG Version) 
Your one sailing tip
Make it fun, make sure your tactician is smart, but smaller than you so he can't intimidate you.  Go to the right, unless that does not work, go left next time.  Sail faster than everyone else.  Have a tender boat with a tossable six-pack cooler to keep the crew happy post-race, and then be first back to the dock so you can get that cocktail fast!
If you could have anyone in the world as your heavy air crew, who would it be and why?  
I'd take Joe Kutsch, Molly Forbes, Papa Kutsch, Joe Sko, Ben Porter, and Peter Keck.  Hell!  We won Nationals!  Why would I take anyone else.  And have you seen Molly Forbes?  She's ripped! All that motley crew, but since they're already aboard, we'd have to go with Andrew Bohl. While he's nobody's idea of the perfect seventh-size, he's a huge part of our team and we've missed him this summer while he's been off at weddings and bachelor parties and the like, and we'll miss him this week while he's down in Rio cheering Annie and Bri on to Olympic glory. Luckily, we know exactly what he would say in almost any situation and so, again, as they say, that's what she said, and so we're able to keep a little part of him with us at all times.
Why do you attend the Inland Championships?  Or    What is one of your most memorable Inland Championship races?
Last race last year (2015).  Blowing 25 mph.  We all are nervous, never having sailed in a blow together.  Tentatively, we start practicing.  Buddy starts yelling some important advice about proper trim.  Race starts, we round first mark in first and battle most of the race in front.  What a hoot!  Like steering a freight train in open water (with a bunch of jackasses tossing out a "That's what she said..." joke every 3 minutes.) OK, maybe it was just me what was nervous, the crack RedEye crew was clearly up to the task.
Editor's note - Dave Davenport and Mother G will host the Mother G Morning Preview Show online and the Mother G Evening Wrapup Show. Watch us during the event. 
How to watch us for the ILYA Championships  
Start watching Facebook now
For the latest news on Annie Haeger in Rio or Steph Roble in Lyskiel or Sally Barkow wherever, find us on Facebook -- ILYA-Inland Lake Yachting Association. Our mark roundings and final results will be here. Live results from our 2016 Trophy Presentations are posted. It's the place to find us. 

New this Championships --- Mother G Morning Preview Showwith Executive Director Dave Berg producing special moments for you to view. Mother G Evening Wrapup shows with the winners and the day's events. Thanks to Mother G who is Dave Davenport for sponsoring the shows and providing IT support this week. 

We have a cadre of 18 and under reporters working for you. Thanks to them in advance. We will feature them in our coverage. 

It's a new Inlands with video and social media taken to a new level by our youth. 
153 at Geneva!!  532 total this year!   
Still time to register and registration is open through Wednesday, August 17th
 
ILYA Champs Gear HERE and personalized for your boat - Exclusively Gill Gear
 
Thanks to Gill
Gill has signed on as a major sponsor of the 2016-17 ILYA Championships at Geneva. The quality is known; the style exceptional. Order now or purchase onsite. They will be outside for all to leisurely shop. Line Honors is our local representative. Stop to say hi to Bob Hillier. 
 

 
 
 
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Sponsors - ILYA Championships August 17 - 21