Volume 11, Issue 58 August 8, 2016  
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10-13 WMYA - Spring Lake,MI
12-13 X Blue Chip - Cedar, WI
17-21 ILYA Champs - Geneva

10-11 Maxinkuckee Fall
     Big Waters C- South Shore
     George Dorn MC - Beulah
10-11 USODA Midwest Champs - Pewaukee
17-18 C Blue Chip - Okauchee
    North Lake MC Fall
    Lake Fenton C Scow Event 
22-25 E Blue Chip - Pewaukee
24-25 Lotawana C
           Beulah C Challenge

1-2 Polar Bear - Davenport, IA
8-9 C Worlds - Delavan

TBD WI MC Champs - Nagawicka
20-23 MC Masters Nationals - Cedar, WI
WYA C - Record EIGHT Wins for Steve Schmidt  
Report by Cody Ziegler
A whopping 77 C boats sailed in the WYA regatta hosted by the Pewaukee Yacht Club. Every member yacht club with an active C fleet was represented- what an incredible fleet! Winds were light to medium for most of the weekend, and presented challenging conditions but the best sailors still came out on top. 
The format of the regatta was modified to sail back-to-back races starting on Friday afternoon. A northerly breeze made for short track racing and a really tight fleet. Will Haeger and Ben Porter won the first race of the regatta, which was obviously "for the boys". Steve and John Schmidt won the second race.  
Saturday brought similar wind conditions to Friday. It was also "Team Costume/Uniform Day." It was a sight to see sailors in lederhosen, togas, Hawaiian shirts and many team matching colors. Patrick Egan and Linnea Rock won the costume award for their togas. Tom and Hayden Frentzel won the third race, and sailors had a break for lunch. Saturday afternoon's race was won by Ed Eckert and Matt Schmidt. Sailors met back at the yacht club for a delightful BBQ, drinks, and dancing. 
One race scheduled for Sunday came with an east wind, allowing the race committee to stretch the course from the previous races. Peter Keck sailing with brother Dan Keck took the win for the final race. 
PRO LaEditorrry Krause and team did an excellent job setting courses for the large fleet and adjusting them as needed. The Z flag was needed for a few starts with some sailors taking penalties. Also thanks to the PYC, staff and volunteers for putting on a great event. 
Top 10: 
1) E-88: Steve Schmidt and John Schmidt 
2) B-18: Brian Brickler and Kevin Brickler 
3) N-181: Peter Keck and Dan Keck
4) V-70: Tom Frentzel and Hayden Frentzel 
5) B-217: Joe Sko and Anne Muller
6) V-45: Andy Burdick and Mya Burdick
7) B-1: Will Haeger and Ben Porter 
8) A-136: Ed Eckert and Matt Schmidt 
9) A-14: Paul Reilly and Matt Pistay 
10) V-222: Bob Biwer and Becky Biwer 
Full results here: 
Editor's note - Eight victories by Steve Schmidt is not insignificant despite Steve's routine victories. Consistency is his secret. Each race finish he is fighting for the win up to the last tack. Each boat behind him has come due to concentration and effort. Many national and ILYA Champs are competing in this fleet - no cakewalk. Schmidt accompanies his father with the most WYA wins. He has surpassed his father's six victories in the past two years. It is an uncharted accomplishment!
3-2-1! Deadline for Social Tickets - August 10th  
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Breakfast is free to all competitors due to the support of our sponsors. 
Lunches - three options. 
1 - This option expires Wednesday Upscale lunches again provided by Toothpicks. These were generous quantity and of great quality last year. This is your fastest option on site. Lunches arrive at 8:30 but are also available at lunch time. 
2- Eat at the delicious upstairs restaurant. The selections are meant to be speedy to allow sailors to dine inside comfortably. 
3 - The Craig Parker Cantina is the place to wait in line and harass boats going past. It is $5 for a sandwich, chips and a drink. The youth packages include this as an option. Meet your favorite sailors as volunteers. The Commodore manned the Cantina for a couple days last year. Never know who you might meet there. This is your cheapest option.
Dinners -
Wednesday - Dinner at the club while you watch the A's first races of the series. This is not included in the social package.  
Thursday - Bilge Pullers for those members. It is a free night for others. Try Gage Marine, one of our sponsors or travel to Lake Geneva, Fontana or Delavan. Gordy's in Fontana is a sponsor - support them, please. 
FridayWrist bands will be distributed each night to one person from your boat. No worry about leaving in car or hotel or boat. Dinner at the club. This is our Sail it Forward evening where we honor your club's volunteer of the year. Please join us in applauding the efforts of the volunteers. We would not enjoy sailing without their efforts. Videos of the volunteers will run throughout the event. 
Saturday - Trophy presentation for some of our fleets - A's and MC's will definitely be awarded that night. The C's may have completed the requisite number of races, weather permitting. This is a bit more upscale so enjoy the evening.

All tickets with the exception of Bilge Pullers and Wednesday night are available online. If you want to write a check, send today to 

ILYA - attention Candace Porter
PO Box 662
East Troy, WI 53120
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Additional Winners! ILYA Optimist Championships  

White fleet winners

1- Christian Prendergast - Chicago
2 - Kamron Kaiser - Pewaukee
3 - Charlie Allen - Pewaukee
4 - Charlie Bruss - Pewaukee
5 - Henry Ackley - North Lake


Blue Fleet Winners
1 - Peter Barnard - Chicago
2 - Ellie Harned - Pine
3 - Austin Jaessing - Cedar
4 - Jack Baldwin - Chicago
5 - Jacob Zils - Minnetonka/Geneva
Red Fleet Winners
1 - Chapman Petersen - Geneva
2 - Will Michels - North Lake
4 - Suzanne Ackley - North Lake
5 - Owen Harrod - White Bear
3 - Vivian Bonsager - White Bear 
Kate Goes Sportsmanship Awards
Two special awards were presented in the Green Fleet marking outstanding effort representative of a standard set by Geneva's Kate Goes whose family bequeathed awards to perpetuate an important aspect of sailing.
Minnetonka's Michael Sweeney was sailing in the lead to the finish when he looked over at his competitor, bore off most likely accidentally, tapped the second boat and immediately did penalty turns. Simply, he gave up the race win to do what was right --- at such an early age. These actions make individual's who they are. Thank you, Michael, for leading the way to Midwestern sailing. 
A second award was given to local sailor Michael Takacs who, after one week of sailing school, competed in 17-20 MPH winds, 2-3 MPH frustrating winds and never gave up. He finished bottom of the fleet but sailed every race patiently - again, a trait which bodes well for a future fine sailor. 
ILYA Champs Gear HERE and personalized for your boat - Exclusively Gill Gear
Thanks to Gill
Gill has signed on as a major sponsor of the 2016-17 ILYA Championships at Geneva. The quality is known; the style exceptional. Order now or purchase onsite. They will be outside for all to leisurely shop. Line Honors is our local representative. Stop to say hi to Bob Hillier. 

Western Michigans  
Not too late to consider racing on Wednesday. Jump in the car and get on the road. In particular, you Chicago sailors. 

Registration is still open at .
Spring Lake is hosting this year. If you have questions, contact Andy Hubbard at 
You can sail two or more classes of scows at this unique family oriented regatta. For example, you can sail an E, then a Melges 17. You can't however sail both C and Melges 17 because those two classes start at the same time. Two race courses are set up at the same time in the groups below. This keeps the Optis separate from the E's, for example. 
E Scow and Optimists        
MC and Laser                   
C Scow, Melges 17 and Butterfly         
Each class is scheduled for 5 races over the 4 day event. 
Next year this annual championship will be on Crystal Lake, MI
Epic Team Racing Begins 2016 Quest in Sweden  
Racing starts Tuesday
Watch Steph Roble and Meg Six, ILYA sailors, and Janel Zarkowsky and Maggie Shea ---- our ILYA Women's Clinic instructors battle the world's best. This is the first event for the women this year. They will return to Sheboygan in September for our closest match if you want to watch.

The Lysekil, Sweden, event is August 8-13. Check out their Facebook page for their new Helly Hansen gear which will keep them warm in the Swedish summer which appears to be much colder than expected.

Olympics, Women's International Match Racing - the ILYA is proudly presented worldwide. Encourage your children to sail in high school. New to the sport? This is another entree into sailing. Sign up your children now!!! It's where our top sailors made their mark at an early age.   
Inland Lake Yachting Association 
Sponsors - ILYA Championships August 17 - 21