Volume 9, Issue 47
August 12a, 2014   

Melges Performance Sailboats
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August

13-17 ILYA Championships - A, E, C, I-20 - Oshkosh at the Waters

17-19 RWB Chip NOR SIs

 

September

6-7 George Dorn MC Beulah

13-14 C Blue Chip - Okauchee

20-21 Beulah C Challenge

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Here Come the C's  
From A (Andy) to Z (Zea)

Andy Burdick

Home club:  Pewaukee, Lake Geneva, Lake Eustis, FL.

Scows sailed in 2014: C and MC so far :)


 

What is your sailing background? (Yacht Club, age started, boats sailed, etc)

Grew up sailing on Pewaukee and started at age 7.  My Dad pushed me off in a Butterfly and said I could go sailing anytime I wanted.  From that point on I was hooked.  Sailed a lot with my Dad on his C boat at a young age too.  Bob Schieble and I would sail our boats around the lake, that was our mode of transportation at a young age.  The best sailing of my youth career though was in the X boat.  Taught me how to have good mechanics in a boat, work well with my crew and taught me tactics which ultimately led me to future success.  The X boat teaches you a lot and it will advance your sailing tremendously.


 

What is your proudest sailing accomplishment?

Winning Two World Championships with my friends.  One with Harry Melges and the other with Brian and John Porter.  On the same level was winning the C Inland Championship for the first time in 1989 on Green Lake with Peter Keck.  We worked so hard to win in that boat and our ultimate goal was to win an Inland Championship.  To win that Inland and achieve that goal with Peter was really incredible.  Means a lot to both of us even now.  


 

What is your pre-regatta ritual?

Preparation for a big regatta is essential.  My Dad was a big motivator in my sailing.  He handed me a quote a long time ago while I was still sailing X boats that said, "The Regatta Is Won Before The Racing Even Begins".  Meaning, prepare in advance to do your best. Clean boat, Organized Sails and crew. All of the details taken care of in advance.  Then you can go to the regatta site, rig your boat and enjoy being with your friends.  Once the racing begins you can focus on going fast, not worrying about small details.  So, my ritual is to work hard on preparing in advance.  


 

Who is your biggest competition? Why?

Every sailor on the water is my biggest competition.  Sailing is great because everyone has a shot to do well at any time.  To do well you have to sail well against everyone on the water and in the ILYA there is a ton of excellent sailors.  I will say this though - our kids love to race against Kent Haeger.  When they see the B-12 ahead of us (which is most of the time....) they hike a little harder.  


 

If you could add any person as your heavy air crew, who would it be?

If I could add Peter Keck to any crew at any time I would add him.  


 

What is your favorite Pre-/post-regatta ritual:

This is top secret - can't tell you :)


 

And now for the Crew:  Crew is Mya 10 and Finn 8.  

What is one thing we don't know about your skipper?

He loves to ski but he is really bad at it.  


 

What phrase do you hear most from the back of your boat?

  Put the candy down and HIKE !!!


 

Why will your team win this year's 2014 Inland?

Not sure we can be in the running but as we always say on the boat, "Why Not Us".   If we sail hard and have fun - why not us!  For sure we are going to have fun and for sure we will have the most amount of candy on board.....stay away Joe Kutch and Randy Schmidt....they always try and steal our candy!


 

If you win, what magazine cover would you like to be featured on?

 Sports Illustrated or any Green Bay Packer magazine!


 

Lastly, if your boat had a theme song, what would it be?

Our boat has a lot of theme songs and the cool thing is we sing them the entire race.  Can't tell you what they are. You would have to sneak on a tape recorder to get them out of us.  Many of them come from Radio Disney - this we can tell you.  



Matt Zea

Home club: Okauchee

Scows sailed in 2014: C scow E-2

What is your sailing background? (Yacht Club, age started, boats sailed, etc)

          *I started sailing in 1994 after the 93 IOD championships were at Okauchee. A little opti washed up on my pier and I thought it was the sweetest thing ever, and I just had to start sailing my own little boat. From then on it was years of finishing last in my 1982 "eee Zea" opti and getting one heck of a tan. It was not until the Prange family bestowed upon me their sailing knowledge that I became competent enough to know I was going to sail the rest of my life.

What is your proudest sailing accomplishment?

           *My most proud moment of sailing would have to be leading a race in the C boat nationals and dueling with the great Sam Rogers, even though I did not win, having him come up to me after the race and compliment me was better than any trophy or result I could obtain.

 

What is your pre-regatta ritual?

          *Before every regatta I love to clean my jeep and wax my boat. Through opti's, X boats, Lasers, and now C boats, taking the time to go over your boat, fix everything I know how to, and getting it as clean and shiny as possible gives me time to not only think about sailing, but also to interact with the boat before the stress of the regatta sets in. Its almost calming to go over my checklist over and over just to be sure that my tactics and the wind will be the only thing on my mind the day of racing.

 

Who is your biggest competition? Why?

          *My biggest competition is the entire C fleet, there is such a vast amount of skill, and each and every race could allow you to beat someone that you have never imagined beating, while also having anyone in the fleet absolutely destroy you. There is never any guaranteed results in any C scow race.

 

If you could add any person as your heavy air crew, who would it be?

          *If I could have any heavy air crew, it would be Natalie Kay, she is the best and lightest sailor I know, and I know that she would make sure we were in front.


 

What is your favorite Pre-/post-regatta ritual:

          *Since I already went over my pre regatta ritual, my favorite post regatta ritual is to come home, clean out all of the junk out of the car, sit down and enjoy the calm and silence. Every regatta is a rush and pushes you mentally to be prepared all of the time, sometimes it is the hardest to be mentally prepared to have a bad race and still have a positive attitude. When all of the boats are pulled out, the trophies are presented, and everyone scatters across the Midwest to go back home, it is almost a eerie feeling to sit alone at home and think about all of the events of the weekend that were packed into the last 72 hours.

And now from the Crew:

What is one thing we don't know about your skipper?

He keeps the cleanest boat in the ILYA! So clean, in fact, that I slip all over that darn thing!

What phrase do you hear most from the back of your boat?

"please tell me that guy don't tack into me...yup, he just tacked into me. It's okay I'm a pro at gel coat, sir!"

 

Why will your team win this year's 2014 Inland?

The cleanest boat is the most slippery, meaning the fastest! That is why our boat name is "Slow Ride." It might be Jinxed...

 

If you win, what magazine cover would you like to be featured on?

I'd like to be on TIME magazine, to show the world that "Chicks really do like fat sailors"

Lastly, if your boat had a theme song, what would it be?

Summer by Calvin Harris.  "When I met you in the summer!" - we literally did! It's a theme song to our life! Calvin Harris knows us!

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