Volume 11, Issue 61 August 12, 2016  
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10-13 WMYA - Spring Lake,MI
12-13 X Blue Chip - Cedar, WI
17-21 ILYA Champs - Geneva

10-11 Maxinkuckee Fall
     Big Waters C- South Shore
     George Dorn MC - Beulah
10-11 USODA Midwest Champs - Pewaukee
17-18 C Blue Chip - Okauchee
    North Lake MC Fall
    Lake Fenton C Scow Event 
22-25 E Blue Chip - Pewaukee
24-25 Lotawana C
           Beulah C Challenge

1-2 Polar Bear - Davenport, IA
8-9 C Worlds - Delavan

TBD WI MC Champs - Nagawicka
20-23 MC Masters Nationals - Cedar, WI
Notes from Rio - Julie's Jottings  
Day seven
Editor's note - I know you only want Julie's report so it's top billing now. Maybe we have a new Scowlines editor and I can finally retire. When it did not arrive yesterday, I thought I had revealed too much personal info but, hurray, she was just nervous. With her new found popularity (and there are so many of you hanging on her every word), Kent has started commentating. I should let Julie explain the difference in the two literary styles --- truly, enjoy! These are amazing!)
Our command of the Portuguese language is improving.  Today we learned 'perigo' and 'pare onde você está.' They mean 'danger' and 'stop where you are.' More on that later.
In the evenings the group gets it's 'marching orders' from our fearless leader.  We were to be up and out by 7:45 for rowing.  Roles have been determined now - we have a rhythm.  De makes the sandwiches at night for the following day, I coordinate tickets, drinks and extraneous items, the boys wake up and make the van on time. Works like clockwork...
Well, last night I was tired and decided to get up early instead and organize in the morning.  Waking up at 6:00, I made coffee, packed the bags with coats, all things American, and food and got ready for the breakfast crowd.  Our gal, DeUSA doesn't start until 7:00 - I figured I could fill in until then.   With one cup of hair raising coffee under my belt, I sort through the tickets.  Hmmm... Only two rowing tickets.  Part of me (the bad part) thinks, 'hallelujah, a morning to get caught up,' and the other thinks 'holy Moses, everyone could be sleeping in.'  Kent's first brain cramp has occurred.   The group delegates Will and Andrew to represent and away they go.  KC goes back to sleep, Greg draws, De and I organize, Kent disappears and Gabe and his appendage (phone) bond on the couch.  The plan is for the rowing boys to be picked up after rowing (11:15), come get us back at the apartment and all go to the beach to watch the sailing.  Kent hatches a plan to scope out a new viewing site about 45 minutes away and Greg, De and I, with nothing better to do, decided to join him on the adventure.  
We walk down Copacabana Beach to an active military fort, pay the entrance fee and up we go. The Stations of Cross are on the sides on the bricked pathway leading to the top and there are monkeys, tiny little begging monkeys.  Annoying really but that sounds unkind, doesn't it?  De wants to feed them - come on, man!  They could have disease.  She thinks better of it and we trudge on.  We have a tail - a military man, a fierce 5'5" man weighing in at about 140 lbs.in fatigues - has been following us.  We must have looked untrustworthy, well, Kent really gave him a reason. This is where our new Portuguese vocabulary is learned.  Upon reaching the top, the view is spectacular - Sugarloaf and Cristo are in view as well as a stunning view of Copacabana Beach. Kent deems this a worthy place to view racing.  Descending the mountain we speculate on the what could do us in - snakes, termites, ants, you get the picture. 
The Today Show is set up on Copacabana Beach.  Winners only allowed into their hallowed space.  I spy an extremely tall woman with a USA sweatshirt on carrying a gold and a silver medal posing for pictures.  Hey, a photo op!  It's what I do best.  De and I cozy up to her and she is none other than Allison Schmitt!  Remember her brother from Day Two?  He was the kind young chap who answered my annoying questions!  Not wanting to buck the trend, De and I take a photo with her and I expound on what a great brother she has.  Like she doesn't know that? They're probably in agreement that I win the most annoying American at the games.
Getting back to the apartment we disperse to our various devices.  I check my computer one last time before packing up and find out the sailing venue has been changed for all classes due to heavy winds.  The girls are now on an outside course - big wind, huge waves.  Carlos has picked up Andrew and Will and is heading back to the apartment to get the rest of us.  Nuts, how do we break it to him that instead of a 25 minute drive it's now an hour and a half?  I leave it to Kent.  Carlos is back to giving me the cold shoulder but I know he secretly thinks I'm okay.
Kent has done a great job scoping  viewing sites.  This one in Niteroi does not disappoint.  As you can see from the attached photos, with binoculars the view was great.  
No matter we were the only gringos for miles and miles.  The locals gawked at us but hey, we had Andrew, KC and Will as our intimidation factors.
In the first race the girls had a halyard issue that cost them at the start.  They rallied from 16 (out of 18) to tenth in some gnarly conditions.  Big waves, big wind.  In the second race there was excessive carnage during the last down wind leg.  They rallied form 8th to 2nd.  I ate a bag of Reeses during the races,  It was cold and windy and I ate my feelings.  
Andrew and Will picked out the restaurant for tonight.  Big plates, big food and good drinks.  Conversation is nothing short of inappropriate with KC around but always extremely interesting.  I love my family. -----Julie

And now for Kent's report
Editor's note - and while we love to poke fun at Kent, he is the most generous supporter you will ever meet! Just ask the Beulah C youth who are here due to his encouragement and cheerleading --- OK, he FORCES them to move into C scows, if truth be told. You just can't say "no" to him. 
two things to like:
-downhill speed is always present and that could be big
-bow down the last beat of race 4 and gained massive distance and boats on that beat (of course we won't see those conditions again)
two things not to like
-GBR should have had two bullets today but put it in the soup the last time down.  They are fast and smart, but can they put it together?
-can the girls get off the line and get around that first mark?  not so far.
-still have to make NZL and GBR the favorites
-FRA and JPN, neither considered that strong in the breeze had very strong days and now should be there until the end.  SLO is good but not this good?
-raining today and very little wind, inside course, could be roller ball. --- Kent
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ILYA Champs - Interview with the Champs #6 - 7 - 8  
Vincent Porter and the Eagle
What is the most distinctive thing about your team?
We are usually running behind schedule.
If you were a professional  athletic team, who would you be and why?
There aren't many three person professional teams so we're going with the Philippine  Jai­Alai team
Superstitions related to sailing a race?
The good luck coffee cake for breakfast. Never been a huge coffee cake fan but Annie  Porter makes a good one. I won some regatta when I was young after eating it and  haven't looked back
Team movie or song (youtube links welcome)?
West Side Story - The Game.
Your one sailing tip
"If you don't know where the next mark is, you're not racing, you're just sailing."
If you could have anyone in the world as your heavy air crew, who would it be and why?
Rhonda Rousey. Basically the adult female version of Kyle Navin
Why do you attend the Inland Championships?  Or    What is one of your most memorable Inland Championship races?
We probably look forward to this week more than any other all year! Great competition,  have all our families around competing or watching - it's always a lot of fun. As for  memorable races, it was probably an A­Scow race on Oshkosh. I remember setting the  spinnaker and feeling like it was the fastest I had ever gone.

Augie Barkow
What is the most distinctive thing about your team? 
Team Wagon is always pretty quiet on the boat. Good races or bad. And when we are not it is usually the crew making fun of the Skipper.
If you were aprofessional athletic team, who would you be and why?
Packers. Hands down. They don't always win but when they do they win with class and always a team effort.
Superstitions related to sailing a race?
When possible. We hit buoys before races. Always seems to help. 
Team movie or song?
 I wish we had a Tony on board for this one...  
 Your one sailing tip
Your are only as good as your crew. So find some good ones and keep them around. 
If you could have anyone in the world as your heavy air crew, who would it be and why?
Easy. Hiking Heidi. She crushes the breezy like it is nothing
Why do you attend the Inland Championships?  What is one of your most memorable Inland Championship race?
Most memorable race. 2011 E inland on Minnetonka race 3. Leading the fleet after two races Easy. Hiking Heidi. She crushes the breezy like it is nothingwe break our main traveler car and are forced to saik 1 to 1 on the main for most the first upwind leg. Round way in the back of the fleet. Fix it by tying the main block to the traveler post down wind and race back through the fleet to 8th.  

Tom Freytag - A and E
What is the most distinctive thing about your team? 
A scow - The front of the boat is made up of kids 21 years old or younger with two fathers in the back of the boat.
E scow - Team is made up of all Freytags
If you were a professional  athletic team, who would you be and why?
Chicago Bulls but more specifically Michael Jordan.  Dominate teamwork with the best player in the world.  
Superstitions related to sailing a race?
Steak dinner before big regattas.  4 minute fist bumps
Team movie or song (youtube links welcome)?
Your one sailing tip
Constant proper heel
If you could have anyone in the world as your heavy air crew, who would it be and why?  
Billy Freytag - best crew in the world light air or heavy air.
Why do you attend the Inland Championships?  Or    What is one of your most memorable Inland Championship races?
I race the Inland Champs because of the intense competition on the water and the socializing with long-time old friends off the water.
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 Show with 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. 
Western Michigan Yachting Association Championships  


165 at Geneva!!  544 total this year!   
Still time to register!
Registration is only online now so scoring is an easy transition. Some of you will receive emails asking to add crew names. It will speed up your onsite registration.

The registration process allows us to email or text all of you in case of an emergency or a change -- recall SI's limit our ability to change much on the course. Proper and legal timing will be enforced. 

You are welcome to drop off boats early. You can tell where your fleet will be parked and we may ask you to move on Wednesday but bring it down to avoid the rush.

There is mooring available if you want to be on the water. Contact Steve Schmidt who is the mooring chair --- YES!!! The Commodore is working. The Vice Commodore will don his Team HP hat and work the parking lot/launch area. --- You, too, could volunteer and you should. It is great to assist sailors and see friends again. 

Meanwhile  ---- in Europe  
Steph Roble
Watch here today. She is Lysekeil, Sweden competing in the WIM (Women's International Matchracing) series. She has Meg Six, Maggie Shea and Janel Zarkowsky with her. They are into the Quarterfinals as of this morning. 

Watch the FACEBOOK WIM racing page and go to Highlights Day 3 to see Steph's interview. She is now a commentator for the World Matchracing Tour. This event is a bit lighthearted by comparison. One of the interviews features a fur-covered microphone. --- It fun but what a fierce group of competitors. 

Malcolm Lamphere
In Kiel, Germany at Laser Radials Youth Worlds. Results later as regatta gets started.
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