February 19 2007 Volume 2 Issue 6
A Publication of the Inland Lake Yachting Association



Dave Perry Steals the Show

America's Cup, Instructors and Sportsmanship
Perry with Melges Dave Perry created more excitement for the America's Cup than standing on the Spanish Coast viewing the ships. With a team-by-team description of the crew and the international helmsmen representing nations not their own, the event proves to be exciting online and onsite. Friday night 's audiovisual coverage excited the audience. Perry recommended "tuning in" for the access live sailing which is offered free at this time. The video provides coverage for acts 9-12. There are live animations which can be run real time or fast. live audio during the actual racing, daily and final rankings, and an archive of footage.

While the rest of us were hunkered down in fleet meetings, past commodore and Winter Inland organizer Suzi Reese sent Perry to Lake Geneva for his first ride on an ice boat. He and Gloria's (photo above) "boyfriend" Buddy flew across Geneva in frigid temperatures but Perry's opening comments at lunch exuded his enthusiasm for the morning's activities. Perry spoke to the entire assembly in the afternoon about teaching sportsmanship which is by example and teachable moments rather than dry discussion. Perry emphasizes rule one as a code to live by, practices penalty turns and employs arbitration prior to going to the room.

Perry's books are for beginner and experienced sailor alike:

  • Winning in One Designs $20 US Sailing member price
  • Understanding the Racing Rules $26 member price
  • 100 Best Racing Rule Quizzes $12 member price



Kutschenreuters' Dad and Grandma Accept Pillsbury Award
Nan and Kutsch Joe Kutschenreuter with crew brother Charlie in the Senior X fleet and George Kutschenreuter with crew Michael Barr in the Junior X fleet were the recipients of the Edmund Pillsbury Memorial Cup. Both Kutsch boys were sailing in Florida for the weekend, but Dad Jim accepted the award speaking of the boys' joy in the award. Grandmother Nan Norris thanked the ILYA and all those who were a part of this grand experience for her grandchildren.


C Fleet Committee takes Member of the Year
C fleet committee The Centennial year of the C proved award-winning by all counts. The sailors had a great ride all year, Rob Harring won a C boat, and the committee was surprised to win the coveted Member of the Year. A group of men has never won the award. Fleet representative Chris Andert led his committee of Jeff Annis, Steve Avery, Augie Barkow, Brian Brickler, Chris Martin, and Fred Miller to challenging heights as the C raffle raised enough money to leave the fleet with over $2,000 to spend on future class promotion.


White Bear Spotlights Two Summer Events
White Bear Display Ahoy Sailors! Beautiful White Bear Lake, the home of scow racing, is hosting 2 great regattas in summer of 2007:
The first event is the inaugural launch of the "Spirit of the Lake Regatta". This is a first-of-a-kind, three race, A-Scow regatta with a fresh twist in that the skipper and most of the crew needs to be female. As of February first, two teams from Green Lake, four teams from White Bear Lake and two teams from Minnetonka have expressed interest in this regatta.This regatta will feature unusual race courses, great competition, terrific parties and memorable trophies. Join the White Bear Lake A-Scow fleet in the first (of what we hope) will become a fun and long standing tradition. June 29 & 30th, launch on the 28th. Please contact Karen Taylor to find out more about this event. (Phone: 651-429-0977, email: ktaylor@visi.com)

E Scow Invitational: Races July 13th-15th; registration & launch on the 12th. This historic lake extends its hospitality with an offer of free housing for registrants on a first come-first served basis. Please join the White Bear fleet for great, quality racing and a lot of fun!

White Bear manned a display with slick promotional materials advertising the two summer events. For more information, please contact Dan Guidinger phone: 651-325-6000


Race Committee Honors Jeff Butzer
Jeff Butzer The Ed Malone Trophy for outstanding service in the area of race committee work was awarded in absentia to Nagawicka's Jeff Butzer. Butzer was in Florida serving as race committee for the 470 North Americans. Chip Mann, race committee chair, presented the award via cell phone with Butzer's acceptance heard by the entire audience.

Butzer served the ILYA on the C Invite, A One Design and the ILYA Champs on Geneva this season.


Nagawicka Named Club of the Year
Nagawicka Club of the Year Carl and Carla Pinahs accepted the Club of the Year Award on behalf of Nagawicka Yacht Club. The successful C Invite with its start last Winter Inland placed Nagawicka on the forefront of the summer's ILYA stage. Nagawicka was represented by Commodore Gene Kraklow and his wife,Sharon; past Commodore Bob Grosch; and treasurers Barb Althaus and Lynn Morrison.


ILYA Bids Fond Farewell to Commodore Hodgson
Tom Hodgson with Burgee With great emotion, Commodore Tom Hodgson bid goodbye to an organization he loves dearly. Hodgson was presented by Olaf Harken with the Past Commodore's burgee to mark the end of his two-year term. Hodgson authored the Centennial book, continues to serve on race committees and will remain on the Board of Directors for two years as immediate past commodore.

Secretary Smith noted the dedication and deep love of this commodore for the organization. Hodgson will serve as PRO of the White Bear E Invitational this season. Thank you, Commodore Hodgson for an eloquence and fair spirit we all respect and will remember.


How fast it goes!
Smith marks 30 years with ILYA
Jim Smith Commodore Hodgson recognized Jim Smith with 30 years of service to the organization. Smith began as a measurer in 1977 and followed Terry Bischoff as Executive Secretary of the organization in 1979. He has worked through 17 Winter Inlands and more "bosses" than he can care to recall - but he did! It's 15, in his words, "All different, but all dedicated to this great association."




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