Many thanks to Mendota - Hoofers, Mendota Yacht Club, Madison sponsors, Trey Sprinkman and Darby Smith.
With accolades all around, Commodore Trester thanked so many, many volunteers who made this great event happen. The Bilge Pullers Headquarters was never without Mendota volunteers assisting with hospitality, cleanup, assistance and SMILES! Thanks for this inaugural venture with the ILYA to serve our great scow sailors.
To our sponsors ------
Melges/North - You are our forestay. Without your support in financial, manufacturing, knowledge and on-the-water performance, we could not exist. Thanks for competing and making this event so much fun with all your children and wives - it was great fun. And congrats to Harry and Andy for 1-2 in the A fleet.
Capital Brewery - many folks will never be the same. You provided much of the festive spirit we enjoyed. At Governor Nelson and the Pyle Center, you were so generous to show us a great time. The amber was the editor's new favorite. Tom Stitgen, a local MC sailor in Madison is inviting all our clubs to enjoy this local offering. It is a hit in many of WI bars already. How about adding it to your yacht club beers? In the Milwaukee area, it is distributed by CJW, a vendor most of you already utilize.
Old Wisconsin -- most of you know this in your local grocery stores as Buddig meats. The Buddigs sail MC's in Michigan and on Delavan. The "cantina" at the tent site featured Old Wisconsin favorites. Many of you will recall the Buddig Bullseye of many years ago at the Geneva Big Inland. The bright green shirts "marked" the race winners. Thanks for longtime support, Buddigs.
Look at the masthead above to see our other sponsors. Each contributed to make this endeavor possible. Mendota does not have a clubhouse so it takes a generous effort on all fronts to make such a successful event. Thanks to all.