10 - Mark Prange is being driven to set the windward marks by the most distinguished looking woman. Rumor has it she has excellent knowledge and experience and can predict the sustainability of the new wind as it comes down the lake. No wonder Prange looks so great as a windward mark set boat! (Seriously, he is an exceptional RC member but Sybil Wiegman makes him look extra good.)
Thanks to all the Okoboji RC who have assisted us this session. On the E course - Tom Rierson, Mike Hoyt, Nancy Kennedy along with Sybil. Helping on the MC course, Forrest Douglass returns along with Perry Pearson. They are joined by Barb Quinn, Margy Wood, Scott Kass, Scott Rose and Kevin Buell. Thanks to OYC Commodore Phil Petersen for arranging housing, boats, equipment and staff for this regatta.
9 - The final look at the barge/crane company who has taken out all our moorings the entire regatta. Our moorings are on shore at the conclusion of the last race. Such service. Hey, M12 and I-20 sailor, your mooring is still here ---- along with a brand new anchor, line and two bouys left here from the A portion.
8 - Young children everywhere - all the young OYC sailors got on the MC course today as the winds built. A young Jacob Zils, with grandpa John on the E course, came running to his parents and others, shouting, "I got to sail on an MC!" The youthful activity bodes well for this club.
7 - The entire Clear Lake crowd has adopted Amelia Colburn. The sixteen-month old has weathered the regatta exceptionally well - babysitting by Chrissy Tesar, hugs to Mark Tesar, smiles for the Osmundsons and giggles to the Oltrogges. This has allowed Bill and Maureen to enjoy their first MC ILYA Champs since having this little gem.
6 - The sailing level on the E race course is intimidating! Look at the names and consider the best sailors have races in the 20's. One mistake and the race is gone. The leeward mark is often done in fewer than two minutes indicating the closeness of the competitors after 2.5 miles of sailing. It's anyone's regatta with a tie for first and the next five sailors within shooting distance.
5 - Parents Barkow, Jewett, Strothman watching their sons in the E fleet. The same three watched tough competition when their sons were in X boats. --Wonder why the X fleet remains so solid? This experience exemplifies the strength of the tradition of this fine youth boat. Parents who bonded with X boats remain supporters of the adult fleets today.
4 - Youth sailors all over the race course. Congrats to Jack Behrend, still in the X boat who is sailing well on the MC course. Emily Oltrogge, Drake Lundeen and Natalie Sinn of University of Minnesota and Andrew Wilkening of Miiami University of Ohio rock in the MC. More Porters than you can count - Vincent, Corbett, Clifford, RJ and the elder Brian at the top of the E fleet on three separate boats. To the young Finn Rowe with brother Colin - you look fantastic on the Full Throttle. Coye Harrett returns from his first year of work to his love of sailing. Charlie Burton sails on an E with his dad - he will begin University of Minnesota. X boater Korbin Kierstaad is sailing with Jon Schloesser. Our youth are in the good hands with our scows. - and ask the top sailors in both fleets where they learned to sail ---- X boats!!!
3 - Thanks to the sailors who have been giving personal accolades all week - and the E course in particular - for the efforts of the Inland and its volunteer race committee.
2 - Jim Smith - a wonder of a man. He has been here for eleven days driving his boat to offer assistance on the course wherever needed. The Facebook postings are mostly his. The RC equipment is prepared and anticipated at the mere mention or thought from RC. Dues, registrations, cancellations, special requests, trophy returns and trophy table setup -- Jim is an irreplaceable asset. He does most of this in the background to make the ILYA look so special. Make no mistake, it is Jim who is so special to the ILYA.
1 - The editor's personal thanks to OYC which is joined by the gratitude of so many, many of us who have been hosted by the fabulous OYC members. My personal thanks to the Brad Jones family who has housed me most graciously, assisted with the integral operation and maintenance of the yacht club to prepare it for all of us. They exemplify what the entire lake has demonstrated during our eleven-day stay. There is no shore where a sailor has not been hosted. Grandparents are re-living their sailing days with their guests, competitors are enjoying hosting competitors, new friends have been welcomed. Even a sailor who has been here all eleven days with a one night layover found housing in an instant by just asking. ----- THANK YOU, OKOBOJI YACHT CLUB.