The Big Inland
Minnetonka in 2011
The preliminary plans are complete. It's time to reserve housing, follow Facebook, thank the sponsors and get sailing. Co-chairs Rick Kotovic and Tony Jewett have it all mapped out on Facebook. Search the Big Inland for more details.
Mendota in 2012
Is there ever a town like Madison? Restaurants of all ethnicities, water nearly calm due to low traffic use, large areas for long windward legs. It's all conducive to an invitation for all our fleets to return together. The regatta will be a joint venture between the ILYA and Mendota. We can't wait.
'Boji in 2013
Everyone loves Okoboji so here we come. The A fleet will join in the fun this year as new launch sites and piers will allow safe negotiation for our behemoth fleet. Rumor has it Arnold's Park may host the A portion. Never mind having your family watch the sailing. With Arnold's Park in site, the best of enjoyment is guaranteed. Miniature golf, bumper cars - its all there. Thanks in advance to Okoboji for hosting us.
2011 - Clear
Two new PRO's from hostlake Clear chair the courses this year. Mark Tesar and Charlie MacNider welcome the X Junior and Senior fleets to picturesque Clear Lake. Shopping, quaint cafes, reading in the park and a Friday night social extravaganza at the famous Surf.
City promotional materials say, "The Surf got its name (and motif) from the desire of the original owners to create a ballroom that resembled an ocean beach club. The murals on the back walls were hand-painted to depict pounding surf, swaying palm trees, sailboats and lighthouses. The furnishings were bamboo and rattan and the ambience that of a south sea island. The stage is surrounded by palm trees and the clouds overhead make it seem as if you were dancing outside under the stars.
There are few buildings in existence today that represent a complete shift in our musical history. As the last concert venue for Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson, the Surf is the bedrock of where the sound and attitude of rock and roll changed forever."
2012 - Delavan
No newcomer to hosting the X champs, Delavan is known for its fun and value. And the best softgoods imaginable: the only place around with embroidered shirts on next day delivery. Near enough to Lake Geneva to feature upscale restaurants, downhome restaurants for the kids and so much land, we can all hang casually for the hotly contested volleyball matches during no wind days. Volunteers come out of the woodwork to make regattas on Delavan a success.
A return to the magnicent Waters is reason enough to plan to re-visit Oshkosh. Remember your memories of the Pioneer. Our kids recall the parade of lakes with banners flying proudly in the inaugural event at Oshkosh in 2008. We can't return soon enough to what the editor likes to call "Newport of the Midwest". The quiet bars of the city for the adults, the spacious grounds for no-wind days. The zoo and park next door for toddler siblings. It's a perfect venue for our youth sailors.