A Publication of the Inland Lake Yachting Association
Volume 5, Issue 6

February 1, 2010

Melges Performance  Sailboats

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Schedule of Events
13-14 Winter Inland - Lake Geneva
11 Melges Tuneup Clinic at Lake Eustis
13 US Sailing RC Course - Chicago
12-14 E/C/Melges 17  Midwinters - Lake Eustis, FL
16-17 Zenda U at Lake Eustis
18-20 MC Midwinters - Lake Eustis, FL
24 RC Course - Okoboji
24-25 Springfield C - Island Bay
1-2 48th Icebreaker C - Cedar Lake, IN
8 Mother's Day Laser - Lake Geneva
29 Memorial Day Laser -  Milwaukee
5-6 Lighthouse I-20 - Fond du Lac
23-26 MC Masters - Okoboji
25-27 I-20 ILYA Invitational - Cedar, IN
25 ILYA No Tears West - White Bear
8-11 ILYA E Invitational - Minnetonka
8-11 ILYA MC Invitational - Cedar Lake, WI
9-11 Melges 17/M-16 Champs -  Pewaukee
15-18 ILYA C Invitational - Lake Beulah
26 ILYA No Tears East - 20th anniversary - Pine
28-31 ILYA X Champs - Pewaukee
31-1 D20 Laser Champs -
South Shore
5-8 Interlake - Clear Lake, IA
6-8 ILYA I-20 Champs - Neenah Nodaway
11-21 ILYA Championships - Lake Geneva
A Scows - Aug 15-17
E Scows - Aug 11-14
C Scows - Aug 18-21
MC Scows - Aug 11-14
12 Pram Power -North Lake
12-15 US Laser Champs - Milwaukee
13-14 X Blue Chip - Cedar, WI
20-22 ILYA Youth Champs (Laser and 420) - Calhoun
Happy birthday, Buddy - continues throughout the week
80 Years Young and still receiving kudos
Reprinted from Scuttlebutt


by Robert Hughes

Over the years the Heartbreaker program has been fortunate to have some of the World's best and well known sailors grace her decks, but I will never forget the first! Back in 1989 was the second year with our J/35 Heartbreaker and Melges Sails (before they were Sobstad and North) decided they wanted to get into the bigger boat market.


I had read Buddy's books and as I got more into sailing he was becoming the ultimate sailor I looked up to the most. As an inexperienced owner at the time who was impressed with well established sail makers, this sounded like a risky move....but in a rare smart move I went for it and purchased a Dacron main, Kevlar jib and chute from Melges Sails and Eric Hood. This was the also the beginning of the NOOD regattas and they started out as a big deal.


We were doing our first J/35 class regatta at the Chicago NOOD and on the last day of the event Buddy showed up and agreed to sail with us! Simply amazing...from the moment he got on the boat and shared many funny jokes about his recent Cup campaign down under (the jokes are still funny today) to everything he taught me about steering a boat that day as he trimmed the main next to me. It seemed like magic at the time when he would call out to the crew "puff header hitting in 10!" and sure enough the blast would hit the boat like clockwork.


In my 23 years of big boat sailing this day remains one of the best. Of course we won the race (because of Buddy) and all of us got a lifetime memory from one of the classiest and most talented sailors ever....and to see how his kids have continued to impact the sport with fantastic modern classes... few people have made racing sailboats so much fun as Buddy, my first Pro sailor! It was great to see him in Key West this year where of

course he still had some steering hints for me. Thanks Buddy!


=> Curmudgeon's Comment: After we mentioned that Buddy's 80th birthday was on January 26th, it has been fun this week to share some of the stories that have been submitted. They are all now posted in the Forum to view, and if you have a story, it can be posted there too. Enjoy:

* From Peter Isler:

Keep those Buddy Melges stories coming! Buddy has always been revered and respected by his competitors for good reason. Not only did he raise the game to a new level in Scows, Solings and Stars, but he was always ready and willing to share his "secrets" with anyone who asked (no matter whether they were customers of his fast sails and boats or not).


Thirty years ago, when Buddy turned 50 at the Soling World Championships in Puerto Rico, we learned about the big day and planned a "Happy Birthday" song moment for the warning signal of the first race of the day. We passed the word and everyone agreed that at the 10 minute gun (my how times have changed), all the boats in the fleet (some 50 odd boats as I recall) would sail in a circle around Buddy's boat while we all sang a rousing Happy Bday to the man. It was a pretty special moment for all of us, and I've never seen anything like it since!


* From Barry Johnson, Perth, Western Australia:

I had the honour to to be asked to assist the Heart of America syndicate set up its base in Fremantle, Western Australia in 1986 (for the America's Cup). During this time I had the fortunate opportunity to meet and also socialise with the Wizard of Zenda. Sadly as time went by I lost contact with both Buddy and Gloria Melges. But last week, whilst taking time out before the annual Miami Olympic Classes Regatta where I am acting as the Event Chief Measurer, I was fortunate enough to literally bump into Buddy whilst dockside after racing in Key West. This marvelous man was still the Buddy I met some 24 years ago and he remembered those Fremantle days very well. Happy Birthday Buddy!


Editor's note: I had the distinct pleasure of seeing Buddy this weekend at a Geneva soiree. He seemed most nonplussed by the passing of his 80th landmark day but rather most visibly moved by spending the day at the passing of his dear friend, Bob Mosbacher, former Secretary of Commerce during the "old" George Bush days. Buddy spoke at the funeral along with both George Bushes and James Baker. Buddy had beaten Mosbacher to represent the US in the Olympics.

It seems Buddy has not had time to reflect on his past 80 years because he is too busy living them. He arrived at the party from three days of iceboating on Winnebago to regale us with some philosophical musings. Buddy is proud of his education on Midwestern waters. He notes sailors on the ocean waters are exceptional; he feels privileged to have met so many fine sailors all over the world. They display the finest skills using modern technology to handle what Mother Nature brings them in an artful manner to cunningly sail our magnificent boats. But those of us here in the Inland waters have a skill not developed on the ocean. We are trained to constantly look on the water, to present ourselves prepared for Mother Nature. That skill cannot be duplicated in any other training arena. We travel to bodies of water - large or small- with a set of skills unique to our upbringing. Buddy expressed pride at watching Sam Rogers on the winning Melges 32 at Key West or our young Opti or college sailors who climb to the top- examples of the training our sailors receive on our wonderful waters.

He was one reflective gentleman as he noted it was Gloria who won the Gold, not the three on the boat, as she was instrumental in knowing the conditions, players and strategy to bring home the Gold in '72. A simply great evening with a man with sailing still ahead of him.

Miami Olympic Classes Regatta
JohnrufmorcRuf takes Bronze, Barkow is Sixth

John Ruf won the last race "going away" to win a podium spot last week in Miami. Ruf was top American in the 2.4 fleet. Canadian Paul Tingley edged out Ruf followed by a Dutchman. Five points separated 1-3.
Barkow made her way into the semifinals to be eliminated by Claire LeRoy from France. Final victor was USA's Anna Tunnicliffe who bested the 24 boat inaugural fleet. Tunniciffe has committed to Women's Matchracing for the 2012 Olympics as has Barkow. Competition will be tight in this new format.
Erik Bowers finished 65th in the Laser class with two top ten finishes. Stephanie Hudson competed in the 470 class and finished 20th; Lara Dallman-Weiss crewed in the 24th place boat in a 26-boat fleet. It's nice to see our college women stepping up to the next tier.
RC Inland members were bountiful as were parents.
Winter Inland
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Only 40 spots left for Saturday's lunch on February 13th. Come to your fleet meeting to discuss promotional ideas and future regatta sites. Join us for lunch to honor those who are entering the Hall of Fame and the 2009 award recipients.
Opti Iceboating
Jane Pagel Trophy Awarded
by Patrick Hearn Thirteen Junior ice sailors assembled for the 2009-2010 Ice Opti North American Championships January 16-17 on Lake Charlevoix near Boyne City, Michigan.  This was the third year for the event, with 6 sailors returning from previous years, joined by 7 first-timers.  Encouragingly, more than a third of the participants were girls, elevating the competition for the "Jane Pegel Trophy," awarded to the highest finishing female competitor, to its greatest level yet.
The "veterans" did a great job welcoming the new sailors and sharing their experience on everything from the infamous "Bear Claw" race, to practice life-saving skills, to the "Smarties Chalk Talk Session," to learn all about safety, course set up, right-of-way rules, and more. 
Good breeze on Saturday allowed for one practice race, to get all the Juniors comfortable with the set up, then three very competitive races with different sailors capturing the top spot in each race.  The Optis sailed in rotation with the DN Gold and DN Silver fleets, utilizing a common leeward mark, but a weather mark set at approximately half the distance.  This made it easy for the adults to watch the Junior races and help out, while maximizing racing opportunities for all attendees.
In between races the Juniors kept themselves very busy generally just goofing off and consuming any food that happened to make its way out on the ice.  (Note to self:  bring more food out on the ice...the kids think it's a huge lunch room!)
Nearly the entire Junior fleet and their families made it to Pizza Hut Saturday night for the "Any Pizza $10 Deal."  The kids all jammed around one table, and the adults around another.  Nobody left hungry, and we escaped with just one spill.  Well, at least only one that we know about!
On Sunday, we had a nice breeze to get us out to the course, but then it teased us the rest of the day.  The DN Gold fleet got black flagged on their first attempt, as did the Juniors when they were next to give it go as our "no start after" time limit approached.
In the final tally all the hardware ended up in the hands of the most experienced Junior ice sailors.  First went to Griffin Sherry from the Central Region.  Griffin was also the NA Champion in 2007.  Second went to Augie Dale of the Western Region, who was the defending champion.  Third went to Frankie Hearn of the Western Region.  In fifth place, and recipient of the Jane Pegel Award for the second time, was Sheridan Hearn, also of the Western Region.  Sheridan will be aging out of the Opti class after this season and plans to be back next in a DN. 
Thanks go out to Rich Potcova and the Central Region for hosting the Juniors, Eric Lind for serving as PRO, and to all who contributed to pulling the event together.
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