Volume 9, Issue 50
August 13A, 2014   

Melges Performance Sailboats
North One Design
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13-17 ILYA Championships - A, E, C, I-20 - Oshkosh at the Waters

17-19 RWB Chip NOR SIs

 

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6-7 George Dorn MC Beulah

13-14 C Blue Chip - Okauchee

20-21 Beulah C Challenge

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Joe Sko - "Hike, girls"

Joe with co-skipper Anne Porter Muller with Luca
 
Joe Skotarzak
Home club - Beulah, where it always blows
Scows sailed in 2014:  C Scows, why sail anything else?
 
What is your sailing background? (Yacht Club, age started, boats sailed, etc)
 My folks bought a house on Lake Beulah when I was a tot and I started crewing on X at age 8 and that was all pretty casual.  I kicked it into gear the summer of '76 crewing for Scott Hudson and we had a good campaign and I learned a lot, and then started steering the year after, first co-skipping with my brother (a sign of things to come, still love the co-skip setup) and then getting my own boat.  From there graduated to C scows crewing a couple years for Kent Haeger and again learning a really lot (hey kids, when you go to duck in big breeze, make sure to release the vang!) and then buying an old boat and biding my time until college graduation where my first major purchase was a brand new 1989 Melges C scow - the early years with Joe Byrnes and my sister Liz were some great C scow adventures.  A few years there with them, a few years co-skipping with Peter Keck, and the last few co-skipping with Anne Porter Muller.  Meantime, a bit of dabbling crewing on A scows and other boats, but mostly I'm faithful to my beloved 
C YOTs.

What is your proudest sailing accomplishment?  That's a hard question, reminds me of "I know you told me before, remind me, which is your favorite child?"  But, hey, I'm a goer.  I would have to say it was teaching Katie Porter some new words during the 1997 C Nationals when she third crewed for us as such a wee lass!  Or maybe it was the ILYA a few years back, crewing for Anne, winning a race (first chick since the immortal Calamity Jane to win ILYA C race, we reckoned?) and killing the second day and leading going into the final day, finishing third overall - Okoboji is one of my favorite places in the entire world, that was all pretty special.  More recently, watching my daughter Caroline KILLIN' IT on the last day of the X ILYA a couple weeks ago at Gull Lake - that was amazing, though it's a lot less stressful to watch when she's hackin' it up in the back...
What is your pre-regatta ritual?  Work my day job as hard as I can and show up at the last possible moment and do all the work so Anne can just show up and hop on the boat.  That's what I'll be doing later today...
Who is your biggest competition? Why?
 On Beulah Kent Haeger has been setting the pace since the 80's when I crewed for him, that Greeson kid has filled in nicely since I moved on, they're most definitely it, we all chase them.  Once we leave Beulah you always have to keep your eye on Maya and Finn Burdick, seem like those two are forever in the front of the pack, going fast toward the dark water and pointing it toward the orange things.
If you could add any person as your heavy air crew, who would it be?  Reunion with Katie Porter all these years later would be fun, but I'd pretty much have to go with Caroline, she's really starting to get into C scows and that's a ton of fun.
What is your favorite Pre-/post-regatta ritual:  Hangin' with the sailors, really that's what it's all about, all these years later, the magic of the friendships that I've made and continue to make is just really the best part.

 

And now for the Crew:  (Anne's busy working, or parenting, or doing whatever it is she does pre-regatta while I'm wrapping up and delivering and assembling the YOT so I'm gonna take at whack at these on her behalf...  ~joesko)
What is one thing we don't know about your skipper?  How much he loves my children, Luca and Ella, and can't wait to get them on board RYOT - oh, and, speaking of which, that he thinks our boat name is pronounced OUR-YACHT

What phrase do you hear most from the back of your boat?  "Hike, girls!"  "God it's hell to get old..."  And, often, some of those words he taught Katie lo those many years ago when she was just a wee lass...
 
Why will your team win this year's 2014 Inland?  Because I rule and he's a great crew, plus it's been over a year since I pumped out a baby so I'm back in fighting shape
If you win, what magazine cover would you like to be featured on?
 Working Mother
Lastly, if your boat had a theme song, what would it be?  I'm not all that sure I'm all that good with music, but I'm sure Joe would pick something cool if only you'd ask him too, though it would probably be really old...

 

Tom Eckert

Home club - Cedar Lake Yacht Club - WI

Scows sailed in 2014: C boats.

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

Started sailing in C boats at age 15, too late for X boats. I have also have sailed at Hoofers(UW-Madison) and crewed on A's and E boats.

What is your proudest sailing accomplishment?

I finished top amateur at the 1978 inland with my brothers Pete and Ed crewing. We lost to Dave Koch, Buddy Melges, Gordy Bowers and Bill Allen. Little did I know that as I learned more I would finish lower!

What is your pre-regatta ritual?

Winn told me I could not tell!

Who is your biggest competition? Why?

My Nemesis, Ed. Isn't it obvious?

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

Ed - I could tell him what to do and the last time he thirded for us we did ok.

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

Winn told me I could not tell!


 And now for the Crew:

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

His real name is Pud-G-Boy.

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

What's for lunch?

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

The last time we won, it did not count, as we only finished 2 races.

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

Woman's Day.


 

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

The theme song from "Grumpy Old Men"

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