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It sure seemed like a nailbiter as first I-7 T Freytag and then M-21 took the race wins. Andy Burdick and his seasoned team had to fight back from midfleet in both races to capture the title with finishes today of 4-3. A penalty turn at the windward offset brought gasps to the spectator boats from those who realized the leader was in trouble. But he won the overall event with a three point margin. This is Burdick's reported 29th Inland title. His team has been together for at least five years and teamwork is key in the A.
Silverhawk - 2013 A Champions - Andy Burdick with daughter Mya, Peter Keck, owner Terry Blanchard, Joe Kutschenreuter, Ben Porter, Jim Petersen and Kate Klement.
Last year's champion, Pat Hughes won two of the six races. He was emotional as he firstly this week welcomed us to join in the celebration of his father's 70th birthday here in Okoboji and then noted the three families associated with his boat with three-generation families. "This is what the Inland is all about."
Second place - With loads of children and absent crew members, the Melvin accepted the second place trophy. Rick Kotovic with children, Tony and Chris Jewett with family, Chris Andert - absent his twins - and Harry Melges (not shown) sailed to two race wins to challenge the winner.
Third place -Madcap - Look at the youth on this boat! T Freytag had not planned to attend but was encouraged by his peers and what a finish! The two "elders" are T and Bill Freytag on the right. From the left, Nathan Freytag, Griffin Rolander, Coye Harrett, Allie Freytag and Will Huerth. Both Griffin and Will have won ILYA titles this year.
Fourth place - Vincent Porter foremost thanked owner John Anderson for supporting this group over the year. Vincent Porter, Kyle and Dave Navin, Matt and Hannah Ripkey, T Ryan Fitzgerald, Greg Gifford and Christopher Impens sail proudly on the I-1, the Eagle.
Fifth place - Lucky - John Dennis with his team. The top five all finished with no race worth than 9th. JD's team was Ben Bergum, Andy Foster, Jeff Solum, Jenny Wilson and Tom Verburgt.
PRO Tom Hodgson with Past Commodore Rick Trester kept the races going in rapid fashion. Okoboji has given us perfect wind for a full complement of racing in both sessions thus far. The lake has outperformed the predictions. Okoboji can reach depths of 140 feet at times necessitating some skill in getting the boats stabilized. Boat 1 wants to thank Tom Thornton and Bill Best for assist with finish line set. The Okoboji RC boat is an exceptional vessel equipped fully and is most comfortable. It's high profile in the water has necessitated some learning to get it settled for our finish lines.
Commodore Peter Friend presented OYC Commodore Phil Petersen with a commemorative ILYA burgee for the exceptional effort on the part of the members of Okoboji Yacht Club.
For those of you at home, there is live coverage of the lake here. You will need to use the pan button to find your fleet. Both the E's and the MC's will be on the water. It is anticipated the MCs will be down near Emerson's Bay and the E's in the wider part of the lake.