Volume 9, Issue 7   February 3, 2014   
For Whom The Bell Tolls
O Captain! My Captain! our fearful trip is done;
The ship has weather'd every rack, the prize we sought is won
The ship is anchor'd safe and sound, its voyage closed and done;  
From fearful trip, the victor ship, comes in with object won;
Don Gamble
Marilyn Gamble
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1-2 ILYA Winter Inland -



24-26 O'Pen Bic NA's - RHACD 


3-4 Icebreaker C - Cedar, IN

10-11 C/MC Tuneup - Cedar, WI


20-22 NCASA A Scow Nationals - Minnetonka

24-26 USODA Great Plains Team Trials Qualifier, Okoboji

27-29 420 ILYA Champs - White Bear, MN


11 TRAC (Opti) - Cedar, WI

10-13 ILYA E Invite - Geneva

11-13 ILYA MC Invite - Okoboji

17-20 ILYA C Invite - Cedar, IN

18-20 ILYA Melges 17 Champs - Geneva

21 - No Tears East - Beulah

23-26 ILYA X Champs - Gull Lake, MN

27-29 ILYA Opti Champs - Cedar, WI


7-10 ILYA MC Champs - Pewaukee

13-17 The BIG INLAND - A, E, C, I-20 - Oshkosh at the Waters

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2014 Winter Inland  
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The ILYA is embarking on a new direction with its Big Inland. You will see some new excitement this year at Oshkosh as we return to our heyday - all of us together celebrating scow sailing. Four fleets will compete on Lake Winnebago - A's, E's, C's and I-20s. And what a time it will be! The Winter Inland topics will center around our promotion of regattas that encourage YOU TO COME! What would you like to see? Help us create the Geneva event in 2015. Geneva will have a new clubhouse and the ILYA will be there. This is intended to be a family affair. What would you like to assist your spouse and children in attending? 

  • Delegates - please help welcome Darby Sugar and Jim Petersen to the Board of Directors. Your vote will assure their service to the ILYA
  • Come hear the ILYA Foundation's new project - development of X fleets on new lakes. See below
  • The ILYA Bilge Pullers will induct new members into the prestigious Hall of Fame. Attend the late afternoon cocktail party for our Awards presentation. 
  • The ILYA Fleet Council will meet to discuss promotion of fleet growth and improved communication with race committee.
  • Individual fleets will hold meetings to discuss sailing guidelines and future regatta site choices
  • Full agenda here 
Click here to register for $25 for the day. Please type in "Winter Inland" and pay $25. REGISTRATION CLOSES FEBRUARY 20TH.
High Level Opti Clinic - Chicago - April 26-27


Since the spring racing schedule for Opti's in the Midwest is sparse, Chicago Yacht Club has decided to bring in a high caliber coach to run an advanced racing clinic. This year we will be bringing in Scott Norman, a coach for the FAST team who has been coaching Optis at a high level for a number of years. In addition to Scott, Dustin Domer, the head Opti coach at Chicago Yacht Club will be helping out.

The clinic will run Saturday from 9am-4pm and Sunday from 9am-2pm. The price for the clinic will be $300 per sailor. If traveling sailors do not wish to bring their own boat, they can charter one of Chicago Yacht Club's for a fee of $75 for the weekend. (If you charter a boat, it is still recommended that a sail is brought)

This clinic is a great opportunity for the intermediate to advanced Opti sailor to advance their sailing skills and prepare for the 2014 summer season. Some topics that will be covered will include:

            -Proper rigging

            -Boat handling

            -Rules knowledge

            -Starting techniques

            -Upwind and downwind techniques


            -and much more!!!

For more information contact Dustin Domer at (312) 351-5947 or domer@chicagoyachtclub.org 

Apply for a Boat Ownership Grant   The ILYA Foundation is taking a moratorium on issuing small grants for regatta participation outside the ILYA. In an effort to bolster our trainer, the X boat, the ILYA Foundation is accepting applications from lakes for family-ownership of three boats per lake. With our current funds, the Foundation feels it can support two lakes. This is a bold new direction for the Foundation. The ILYA feels its success is due in large part to the boat ownership model. Graduating youth sailors have resale cash to investigate the purchase of a scow. 
 Here are the initial guidelines:
  • grant for up to 50% of the cost of an X Boat with a maximum of $3,000.00 per boat. The idea is to populate a club with a small beginning fleet. Because of our funding levels we are limiting the total amount to each lake to $9,000. Again, these are to be family, single-owner boats rather than club utilized boats
  • The ILYA member club has no currently active X Boat fleet
  • The club agrees to actively support the new fleet and encourage its growth by providing a racing schedule and training
  • Participating families join ILYA as family members
  • Participating families agree to campaign the boat at the ILYA X Championship each year that they own the boat
  • Member clubs will need a minimum of three boats to start a fleet
  • Boats that are purchased with the help of grant funds cannot be sold at a profit
With a small amount of additional funding we could help two lakes start up fleets in the coming year. If you have any interest in becoming involved in this program please contact Rick Trester Foundation Chair, or Jim Smith for details. Or attend the Winter Inland and ask for a private session to discuss your interest, questions or to seek assistance with the request. 
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Editor: Candace Porter

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