The 2014 ILYA MC Scow Championship had 81 entries, which makes it the largest MC regatta of the year and also the largest ILYA Championship on record. We added 11 boats just in the last 24 hours before the regatta with the great Weather Channel forecasts, which were proven all week to be true.
The Setting and Conditions
Pewaukee Lake is just a fantastic racing lake with its long east-west shape, some high north shore tree lines, a couple of coves and a few tricky conditions to challenge sailors. 81 boats no problems for this lake, the strong ILYA/PYC race committee teams and yes the starting lines were really, really long. Wind conditions for all four days of sailing (practice day and three days racing) were fantastic. We saw a little bit of everything but mostly a medium air velocity. First three days you had crew and sometimes were just fine without crew. Really nice velocities though and all from the general direction of east. Most of our races were set with a compass direction of 65-75 and few a little further east. The last day for race 7 was a lighter race held in about 5-8mph out of a direction of 65 degrees most of the time. Other unusual conditions were we had some weed cutting that occurred down at the east end of the lake a couple of miles from where we raced and with the east winds all week we had some loose weeds on the race course that came into play. One added fun factor to all the other challenges of championship racing with 81 boats in great wind conditions.
The results show just how tough this event was for the 81 teams. For full results just visit this link for Regatta Network at
Here are some highlights
Race 1 - Noel Neuman, Race 2 -3 Andy Burdick, Race 4-5-7 Kenny Wolfe, Race 6 Dan "Squad Car" Fink
Top Youth Sailor - Eddie Cox from White Bear Lake who really had a great series. Seeing young sailors like Eddie and others pushing it around the course so well I know our class has a great future.
Top Master - Jim Gluek winning a tiebreaker over E Hood. Jimmy was always present in the top group, which was hard to do. Great job to Jimmy!!!
Top Grand Master - Tim Fredman who almost won a race finishing second in race 6 and also finished thirteenth overall. Tim always has been a force to contend with and still is today.
Top Overall - Andy Burdick took the lead by one point from Bill Colburn after race two and never really looked back. It was fun watching Andy make his moves and some from a ways back after starts on his home lake. We are all very lucky to sail against such great world-class sailing talent like Andy. Well done Andy and Finn Burdick!!!
Top Ten At A Glance
1st - Andy Burdick - Pewaukee 32
2nd - Kenny Wolfe - Rush Creek 38 T
3rd - Bill Colburn - Lake Harriet 38 T
(Special Note - Andy, Kenny, Bill clearly were out in front of the other 78 competitors this week. Great sailing performance by all three teams)
4th - Jim Gluek - Pewaukee 65T
5th - Eric Hood - Lake Eustis 65T
6th - Mark Dunsworth - White Bear 68
7th - Noel Neuman - Upper Minnetonka - 73T
8th - John Porter - Lake Beulah - 73T
9th - Mark Tesar - Clear Lake - 74
10th - Jim Walker - Pewaukee - 86
Special Note on the results. Please scroll through Regatta Networks complete 7-race score sheet. What is neat to see so many women, young sailors on the 81 team roster. Also, so many teams got to have crews for some portion of the regatta and that was great to see. The health of our MC Class in the upper Midwest is incredibly strong, growing , fresh and will give you all the competition you will ever need. Very exciting for our future!!!