Volume 8, Issue 64

 August 28, 2013

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6-8 E Nats - Lake Geneva

7-8 Max C Fall=-Maxinkuckee, IN 
7-8 MC Team Nat's-Clear Lake, IA
13-15 I-20 Nat'ls -Fond du Lac
14-15 Blue Chip--Okauchee, WI

      Fenton C Fall Lake Fenton, MI

21-22 C Challenge-Lake Beulah,WI
21-22 MC Blue Chip-Spring Lake, MI
28-29 Lotawana C-Missouri YC, MO
     Polar Bear--Lake Davenport, IA
5-6 C Worlds--Delavan, WI

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 Harry Melges IV with III Wins Melges 17 Nationals
   by Joy Dunigan


Lake Geneva, WI - Lake Geneva Yacht Club (LGYC) played host to the 2013 Melges 17 U.S. National Championship. Thursday was to be the first day of racing and stormy weather put an end to what was forecasted to be a somewhat nice afternoon of sailing. A forty-knot plus storm rolled through with some rain, sucking the wind right out of the area for the rest of the day. The Race Committee made several strong attempts to get something started but it just wasn't meant to be. The fleet returned to the YC for a pizza party hosted by Melges Performance Sailboats and plenty of other special treats hand made by the local mom's.

Friday was met with a nice easterly breeze ranging from 7-11, 85 degress and not a cloud in the sky. It took a little bit for the wind to settle in enough for the Race Committee to get a start off but once they did, the twenty-six strong Melges 17 fleet were on a roll. Five races ensued throughout the rest of the day giving us some of the most fun races we have experienced this season - lot's of lead changes, lot's of different boats duking it out for the top spot. It was a great day of sailing for everyone.

After the first day of real racing, Harry Melges IV was in first, followed by Sean Fidler in second, RJ Porter was third and Kyle Navin and Deb Gluek rounded out the top five.

The Friday evening party at the YC was festive with live music and a beautiful Lake Geneva sunset to top off a great day on the water.

Saturday morning arrived with a few fuzzy looking faces around the club after a bit too much fun on Friday both on and off the water. The wind surprisingly showed up early at about 8 a.m. out of the Southeast. The first race started on time and turned out to be a real battle for the top spot. Husband and wife team of Sean and Tiffany Fidler won the pin and punched out for a nice lead up the first beat while the rest of the fleet jockeyed for second position. At the top mark, they rounded with a four-boat-length lead, followed by the Harry's, the Navin's and then the Porters. The run quickly turned fickle as the wind faded and once again filled in from the South mixing up the fleet a bit. The Fidler's maintained their lead until the final windward mark where the Melges' were able to sneak in off the left under the guise of a big lefty while the Porters closed the gap in third place. The final run to the finish got very close half way down with the Porters catching to both the Fidler's and the Melges' making it a race to the line. The Melges' held on for the close win while the Porters snuck by the Fidler's for second moving them up the leader board to tie on points for second place.

The second race of the day and final of the regatta never got under way. The wind faded and became really fickle and the Race Committee, after waiting an appropriate amount of time sent the fleet home.

The Melges 17 fleet is full of family teams. This is really cool to see. There are many son/daughter/father teams, wife and husband teams, brothers, cousins, you name it. It's great to see all of the families sailing together. It's one of the greatest things about the Melges 17 class and our great sport of sailing. It ties us together with our siblings for life and our sailing friends. The age ranges in this class are vast and impressive. It really shows how versatile and fun these boats are and how young and old are having a blast while sailing intense, competitive races.

The winning set up was base the entire event, both the rig tension and the jib leads. Maybe a slightly looser rig for the heavier teams would be good. Our keys were to start clean, go fast, go with the flow and try to minimize mistakes. Not easy to do in the tricky conditions we had.

A big thank you to the LGYC for a great weekend and especially Julie and Dave Navin and Bill Barrett for organizing this great event. PRO John Zils and his RC staff did a great job running some awesome races in tough conditions.

1 Zenda Express Harry Melges IV 1 3 3 2 2 1 [3] 9
2 Full Throttle RJ Porter 6 1 7 6 1 2 [7] 16
3 Aquila Sean Fidler 2 6 5 3 3 3 [6] 16
4 Five Star Kyle Navin 4 2 9 4 9 4 [9] 23
5 Snack cakes Deb Gluek 3 5 1 5 10 14 [14] 24
6 Smoke Hans Melges 7 11 2 10 7 7 [11] 33
7 Flying Toaster Mike Dow 5 13 10 8 4 6 [13] 33
8 hellifiknow Bob Heathcote 15 4 4 9 8 11 [15] 36
9 Ether John Schumacher 9 26/DNF 8 7 11 5 [26] 40
10 Baby Shark Matt Ripkey 13 15 11 1 5 16 [16] 45

 Full results here

 Editor's note - the most notable statistic from the overall results is 50% (!) of the 26 sailors were juniors. Some sailors are instructors, some still in X boats, two in 420s and one is still an Opti sailor not yet progressed to the X boat due to his young age. If you want to see a successful Melges 17 program, go and visit Lake Geneva where dads and children sail together. The boat requires exceptional crewing ability so the dads are managing the front of the boat and the youth are steering.  
Around the World
That's Henry Chapman of Nagawicka at the Asian Optimist Championships in Japan. To follow the event, go to Facebook. It is difficult to determine the location of the results. We can tell Henry won a flight during race 2. There are 7 sailors representing the United States, about 200 sailors from around the world.
Finn Europeans
Gordon Lamphere is back on his feet again this time in Estonia sailing the Finn Gold Cup event. Results here. Both American's Caleb Paine and Gordy are in the 30s after 4 races. In the ISAF rankings, Paine is #1 in the world with Lamphere in 12th.
Erik Bowers     

Erik Bowers left Sunday August 25th for the Laser European Championship in Dublin, Ireland.

He will practice Tuesday August 27th through Friday August 30th, taking Saturday August 31st off. Racing begins Sunday September 1st and runs through Friday September 6th. He will be coached by Mark Littlejohn (from New Zealand) who is the recently appointed U.S. Sailing Laser Coach. Erik returns home to Minnesota on Saturday September 7th. Look for your next Bowers Sailing Race Flash update starting Sunday September 1st. 

Erik has also moved up four spots since June and is now ranked 38th on the Sailing World Cup Circuit out of 857 ranked Laser sailors!  

Only 18 days to go until the Bowers Sailing Olympic Campaign Fundraiser on September 14th. Attached is your Bowers Sailing Party Invitation and we hope you can join us. Please RSVP well in advance, if planning to attend, so that we can more effectively plan for our food, wine, and beer needs.


Mark Bowers


Bowers Sailing Olympic Campaign

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Steph Roble

The Knickerbocker Cup in Manhasset Bay, NY features 10 matchracers. It appears Roble will be the only woman skipper again in the second in as many weeks of events. The new ISAF rankings came out this week to find Roble the top woman American in the world with an overall ranking of 6th. In the open division, Chicago Match Race Center's Taylor Canfield is ranked #1; Sally Barkow is 45 and Roble is 112th in the world. 

Annie Haeger

Haeger enjoys a one-week break at home before leaving for Europe for several weeks. The Sailing World Championships are the most important event organized by the International Sailing Federation (ISAF). They are held every four years and bring together all Olympic classes in a single competition. Other years each class celebrates its World Championship separately. Santander 2014 will be the qualifier for Rio 2016 . September 14-15, the Santander site will be a test event for the important 2014 Worlds. Haeger and Provancha will attend this event. She is currently ranked 4th in the new ISAF rankings.


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Red, White and Blue Chip
 Chapman Petersen Wins; Kit Harned Presented with Lou Morgan Sportsmanship Award
Annual Opti Red White and Blue Chip At LaBelle Yacht Club

Labelle hosted the annual Opti Red White and Blue Chip Monday and Tuesday, Aug 19-20th. The 40 boat fleet sailed three good races on Monday. One light air race on Monday morning won by Chapman Petersen, and two afternoon races with a building breeze. The second race was won by Graham Ness and the third by Olivia Rose Chapman. Monday evening festivities were enjoyed by the kids and the parents alike. With an adult dinner and party at Sweet Mullets Brewery and the kids enjoying an evening of pizza and fun at A.K.A. Laser Tag. Tuesday morning brought us a nice breeze with Robbie Lindemann winning race 4 and Chapman Petersen winning race 5. Chapman Petersen was the overall first place finisher. A special award, "The Lou Morgan Sportsmanship Award", was handed down from JP Munich to Kit Harnid by Lou Morgan Jr. The day was ended with a highly spirited egg toss and smiles upon the kids faces. Thank you to all the parents, sailors, the volunteers and the conjoined efforts of all the Labelle Yacht Club members!

Still Competitive
 Dr. Bob Henschel at C Invitational         
After the Inland Champs at Okoboji, Doc Henschel asked about the health of Jerry Huse. Now you might consider that to be concern from a longtime friend and dear competitor. But the key word here was COMPETITOR. Henschel quickly calculated how many years Huse had competed, how many years Henschel himself had competed and determined at 84 he has to continue another year or two to pass up Huse. So when you youngsters think of choosing a pastime which will be a lifetime sport, recall Doc Henschel who will beat you to the finish line in his C boat. When he finished in the top ten in races at the C Invite, a roar came from the spectator fleet.
Henschel is shown below with his daughter Heidi who serves as his able crew. During the recent C Invite trophy presentation, Henschel received a standing ovation for his contribution to the C class. Okauchee has celebrated a banner year. Doc and Wally Schmidt have had much pride to share as the patriarchs of the strong Okcauhee C fleet. But that's not all the neighbors share. At a recent celebratory party for Steve Schmidt who won the WYA and ILYA C champs, Wally ran out of beer so he had to deplete Henschel's household keg of tapped beer also. --- Always the best of friends.
  PhoPhotos by Molly Guehrer.
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 E Nationals - Lake Geneva

 September 6-8

Still time to reserve for the regatta. Social deadline looms.

Here is a bit of E Nationals news submitted by Jana Cain: 

My Dad, Phil Mattison, is signed up for the E Nationals at Geneva. Most likely, at 81, he will be the oldest skipper. He is also going through Chemo, for the second time, for his rare blood cancer, Waldenstrom's Macroglobulenemia.


He continues to race his E on Delavan, with the help of many family members. My Dad and Mom, Gail Lund, who was from Geneva, met at an Inland regatta on Geneva, being introduced by Ed and Bernice Treis.

Be sure and give him encouragement as you sail with him and don't be surprised to see that Mattison family pass you by. 

Foundation Recipient Report


Buzzard's Bay 2013

I started my journey to Buzzard's Bay Massachusetts on the morning of July 30th at 5:00 am. We picked up my crew Kelly Monahan shortly after, and then we were on our way to the East Coast. Kelly and I had not worked as a team before so there were some things we had to discuss before we started sailing together. On our way there, we talked strategy, water, and everything we needed to know in order to sail this regatta. The drive was a long 18 hours. There wasn't much to do except talk about sailing, or stare out the window and listen to music.

We finally reached the New Bedford Yacht Club after 2 long days of traveling. Kelly, my dad and I took the 420 off the trailer and set it up. After we had set the boat up, we decided to go for a sail. I had never sailed in saltwater before so I was very excited to see what it was like. As soon as we started sailing out of the harbor I noticed that the boat felt slightly faster. I later found out that boats sit higher on saltwater, creating less drag.

On Thursday morning we met our coach, Joey Mello. He sailed out of New Bedford Yacht Club as a child and knew everything about the area. He helped us set up our boat, giving us tips and showing us tricks I hadn't learned before. Such as the different mast rakes based on the wind conditions. With the new boat set up, Kelly and I went out and practiced with Joey coaching us. He gave us both tips that improved our sailing and made us sail faster, such as keeping the boat flatter and putting jibe knots on our spinnaker. After we practiced over 3 hours we came in. We had our own special place on the dinghy dock that Joey had got us. Now we didn't have to wait in line to launch our boat everyday.

Friday, the racing began. There were two fleets that were split up randomly out of the 140 sailors, blue and yellow. By the end of the weekend the fleets were going to be split up by finishes, gold and silver. Our goal was to make it into the gold fleet, which was the top half. The first day was fairly windy blowing between 10 and 17 mph. We got 3 races in and I was very excited to find out we were in 57th place. I was expecting to be around 120th for my first time out on the East Coast.

The second day of the regatta was really windy, it was hard to keep the boat flat but we managed to do it even with us being on the light side. On the reach legs of the courses was where all the fun began. We set the chute and shot forward at tremendous speeds. The boat was planing off and I was going the fastest I had ever gone on a sailboat. Even though it was really fun it was also exhausting. After a long day on the water I just wanted to eat and sleep. A little hot tub time didn't hurt either. I just needed to be rested and prepared for the next day.

 The final day of BBR was an interesting one. We got out on the water at around 10 and came in at 2, not getting a single race off the entire day. The wind was shifting from north, to south, to west then back to north and everywhere in between. At the same time the wind was completely dying and then picking up and dying again. After 4 hours of waiting the race committee had had enough and cancelled the rest of the regatta. We sailed in, happy with our final place of 61st out of 140 and we took the boat out. We packed it up on the trailer, said our goodbyes and we were on our way back home to Wisconsin. The regatta was an amazing experience that I will always remember, and I am glad I took the opportunity to do it. My only regret was not being able to sail in the gold fleet; that will hopefully come next year.

-Carter Cooper

A and C photos found on Facebook
Young photographer Molly Guehrer has posted some photos from Okoboji.   





 Upper Minnetonka - a Fun Event

Upper Minnetonka is not normally featured in your great updates, but I thought this might be a fun entry:

Sailors on Upper Minnetonka had a terrific evening at the recent Moonlight Sail.  Three course 'marks' featured custom cocktails and boat friendly snacks on rounding. Winds were a steady 3-5 and the bay looked like a fleet of ghost ships.  Final race statistics:  one T-bone, no one arrested. 



Wendy Morical


Upper Minnetonka Yacht Club

PO Box 311
Fontana, WI 53125-0311
Phone: 262-203-7721
Fax: 262-203-7722

Editor: Candace Porter
Inland Lake Yachting Association