Photos today by Larry Kmiecik and Candace Porter
Words cannot express the excitement and enjoyment we all experienced at Oshkosh Yacht Club. Thanks to the Wymans and Schlossers, the bar is set exceedingly high for any successive hosts of the ILYA Championships. It was perfection socially (except when Saturday night's bartender took the keys to the New Glarus truck home accidentally - a short-lived problem fortunately). It was near perfection as we traded water time for the rotation of fleets. It was a first-time experiment with this format. The ability to be with all our friends of the Inland will make it difficult to not duplicate some schedule again where we can't all be together. To sit with friends from differing fleets and their families was unparalleled and most rewarding. Thanks to Oshkosh Yacht Club with their multiple volunteers who were visible to assist with every need. It was an event we will all remember.
The X parents provided the manpower for all the meals. The older OYC members served as spectator boats. The Oshkosh sailors were present in large numbers to make this a spectacular event on the water. This event brings together the efforts of a club in a manner that only builds its strength. Thanks, OYC.
To the Waters - our highest regards as you served us, allowed us to relax on your spacious grounds, always welcomed us any time of day, made us feel exceedingly happy and content while we relaxed during the day or partied well into the night. It was simply the best. Thanks to Kim Crawford, the club manager, who took care of our every need.
Sailors were able to sail two fleets per day which was fatiguing but satisfying. A minimum 1.5 hour switchover time period was allowed which worked well. Race coordinator Tom Hodgson was ever mindful of the time requirements to allow efficient use of the water. The C's and I20s raced 5 races; E's - 6; A's -4. The A's abandoned one race and lost the subsequent race the first day. The C's decided to not sail race six on Sunday due to the wave pattern after a night of a NNE wind fetching down the length of the lake.
Photographers choice below
Vincent Porter took two titles in a tightly contested E fleet. Vincent tied with uncle Brian, a Rolex sailor of the year. Porter called Brian his mentor and recalled sailing with him from age 11 on. Vincent and his A and E team often fought back from high recordings at the first windward legs. He won three of ten total races. John Anderson, owner of the Eagle, has generously supported the A team. Porter noted that Buddy Melges had trained his A team and now Vincent has the honor of sailing with his championship team.
Winnebago was filled with sites of beauty with the magnificent Waters in the background and spinnakers on E's, A's and I-20s in the foreground.
Marks to starboard? Lon Schorr provided entertainment as his crew sailed above the line to round the windward mark.
Thanks to Larry Kmiecik for his daily submissions of photo gems.
T Freytag took the horn in the sole A race on Sunday. That made two race wins for the I-7 Madcap. Three of T's children sailed in the event with wife Kristen watching. His is the story of many families who sailed together on multiple boats.
Rob Evans and team won a Saturday A race.
Sheer beauty on the E course.
The best pic of the event.
Thanks again to marvelous Oshkosh Yacht Club for an unparalleled event. All of us together brings a wealth of fun and quality sailing. Buddy Melges sailed, spectated, partied, enjoyed his family and smiled proudly at an organization he calls home. Many of us share in that pride and enjoyment. It is the strength of our clubs and individual members that marks us as a unique organization where family tradition is the hallmark of our tradition. Until next year at the new Buddy Melges Sailing Center at Lake Geneva Yacht Club, the ILYA bids you goodbye.