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No racing on Saturday due to light winds. As predicted, the new champions walked to the presenting area with a standing ovation for a regatta exceptionally well-sailed. The final 1-1-2-2 in shifting wind conditions was remarkable to watch. Schmidt and Prange take home a well-deserved championship trophy along with the best "old guy" masters award, two race-win trophies and the Corinthian award for the highest ranking amateur in the regatta. This follows last weekend's win of the WYA C. Most folks are betting no one has ever won both in the same year. With a nod to his competitors, Schmidt noted that the one person who would have challenged that was Kent Haeger. He publicly acknowledged the depth of skill in this fleet by humorously describing attempts to get on the line, "No, I can't go in there; no, not there." This fleet is evenly matched as at least half of this fleet could easily win an Inland race. This is one design racing at its best. If you add their fun factor, they might exclaim, "The C is King". The competitors graciously thanked PRO Mark Tesar who stepped in for Chip Mann and faced the vagaries of the wind.
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Clear Lake, IA, assisted with race committee work providing PRO Mark Tesar, Boat 4 leader Stuart Oltrogge and Boat 2 strong man (marks and anchors were set in 100+ feet of water) Charlie MacNider. Mark was awarded with an ILYA Sportsmanship medal for handling the large, aggressive C fleet on a couple day's notice. Thanks, Mark for a job well done.
Okoboji Presents a Legend
Jerry Huse was introduced to a standing ovation which seemed to last forever. The home lake legend presented the first trophy of the day but not after a mention of the retiring of the sail number P-1. Huse's boats were characteristic International Orange. OYC displays an enlarged photo of three International Orange boats lined up bows out - all Huse boats at one time. 1961-1971 was an Okoboji heyday. Jerry and Boober Schneider won the award 6 of the 10 years.
And who better to sign your "wannabe" shirt than the legend himself. Pictured are Cedar, IN, sailor Matt Parker and Beulah sailor Pat Welscher who entered the Bilge Pullers organization in this year's pledge class. Each year a new pledge class of sailors joins this philanthropic organization which provides financial support to the ILYA. Phil Petersen was awarded the Bilge Pullers Cannon recognizing an individual's efforts for race committee work.