A Publication of the Inland Lake Yachting Association
Volume 3, Issue 3 January 26, 2008
In This Issue
Ruf Named Sailor of the Year
Youth meeting
Winter Inland
CISA Clinic
Buy an Olympic Flag
Perry Rules Seminar
Swap Shop
Sponsor the Winter Inlands?
Artist Colburn on Display
ILYA Office Moves
Join the ILYA
Register for Dues or Regattas
Calendar of Events
   27    Youth meeting
            Beulah 2:00
   1      CISA Apps due
   1-3   Strictly Sail
   8-10 Winter Inland
   9-10 Central Lakes
           Youth Ice
   16    Perry on Rules -
           South Shore
   7 ILYA -Pewaukee-            Pine Olympic
   25-26 TRAP X regatta
   30-July 1 Quad Lakes
The Milwaukee Community Sailing Center (MCSC) has selected another of Wisconsin's and the nation's top sailors as the "Sailor of the Year", Pewaukee, Wisconsin native, John Ruf.  After a 1998 automobile accident left John paralyzed, he continued his life long passion of sailing.  In a specially designed boat, that allows him to sail without using his legs he competes in events nationally and worldwide.  John will be representing the United States in the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing, China.  John Ruf's life long commitment to sailing, perseverance and courage make him an outstanding choice for this year's Sailor of the Year award.


 The Sailor Of The Year Award will be presented at the 14th annual Milwaukee Community Sailing Center's Sailor's Ball on Saturday March 1, 2008 at the Italian Community Center, 631 East Chicago Street on Milwaukee's Lakefront. 

For Sailor's ball ticket information or information about the Milwaukee Community Sailing Center's programs please call the: Milwaukee Community Sailing Center, 414-277-9094 or log on to
 Lake Beulah Yacht Club - 2:00 January 26 
If you or your club is interested in impacting the '08 calendar, plan to attend the youth meeting tomorrow at Lake Beulah. On the agenda will be the instructors clinic, new opportunities for 420 and Laser sailing, X and Opti issues, calendar issues, discussion points for Joni Palmer's presentation and whatever you bring to the table.
We need your help in setting the instructor training calendar, Pewaukee has generously offered their clubhouse again. The preliminary dates are the second week of June. Check your school schedules and instructors' schedules and come with suggested dates for Level 1 and 2 training.
The Winter Inland is the site of information sharing. Pine has sent its Quad Lakes and TRAP forms (SEE CALENDAR OF EVENTS above)for posting on the ILYA website. Please think of preparing your NORs and bringing 100 copies to the Winter Inland.
WINTER INLAND - Oconomowoc -- Feb 8-10
Lake Views Returns to Agenda 
Many of you commented the best Winter Inland session of the year was the forum for discussion of lake conservation and protection issues. Monona's Chuck Dystra returns with Bill O'Connor to lead the session.  Bring your concerns or experiences to enrich the sharing.
Youth sessions begin on Friday afternoon and end with bar gathering at nine. Saturday sessions will conclude with a social gathering beginning at 5:30 with hors d'oeuvres. You are welcome to add to the festivities by paying for a round of appetizers by contacting Suzi Reese
Remember the Olympia Ski Hill which is now leased by ILYA members, Petelinseks and Groskopfs. The hill is open 10-10 with half day rates until 4:00 pm. Halfday is $20 and fullday is $30. There are snowboard and ski rentals with lessons available. Sunday is family day - kids under 12 ski for free with each adult ticket. Call the ski hill at 262-567-2577 for more information.
Sailors - Saturday, February 9 
Fleet meetings:
8:00 X and Opti
9:00 C, E, Melges 17, I-20 and A Open.
10:30 for MCs, Ms, A One Design and the NCSSA C
This year marks a return of the Bilge Pullers Hall of Fame. Our coveted Pillbury, Ed Malone and Club and Member of the Year awards will highlight the presentation. Dean Brenner will give us a short preview of the Olympics to whet your appetite.
Fee and Hotel
A $30 fee will be collected at registration. The fee can be prepaid at the office. Call Jim at the numbers listed below - note change - fax, email or send the form in Scowslants or linked here. The $30 fee offsets lunch but assists in paying the two nationally-known speakers.
Olympia is holding rooms at a special rate of $99 so call
 262-369-4999 or 800-558-9573 to reserve now. The ski hill, nearby shopping at Johnson Creek Outlet Mall and downtown Oconomowoc provide entertainment for the family. The Milwaukee Art Museum is 30 minutes east and five minutes from the Betty Brunn Children's Museum.
Board meeting
The ILYA Board meeting is open to all members. Please contact Jim Smith to reserve a boxed lunch for the working lunch.
Get discount on tickets, here
STRICTLYSAILStrictly Sail Chicago, the largest indoor sailboat show in the country, will be held January 31 - February 3, 2008 at Navy Pier. Scuttlebutt has discount tickets to help attend the four-day event to see the latest sailboats and sailing accessories on the market.

There is a daily pass discount, and a discount on the Strictly Sail Yacht Club Membership

Membership Includes:
* One (4) day pass to the show.
* Private entrance to the show with no lines.
* Exclusive private access to the SSYC.
* Comfortable lounge area.
* Daily happy hour (cash bar) with entertainment and snacks.
* Big screen TV to watch the big games.
* Free coffee (am), water (pm).
* Free internet access to check email.
* Free coat check.
Look for our ILYA supporting vendors as exhibitors.
Applications are being accepted for the west coast California International Sailing Association's prestigious youth clinic at Los Alamitos YC. Instructors will include: Zack Maxam, Andy Mack, Cameron Biehl, Billy Uniack, Casey Hogan, Nick Adamson, John Pierce, Chris Wenner, Carisa Harris-Adamson, Richard Feeny, Adam Deermount, Lauren Maxam, Pease Glaser, Brian Doyle (BD), Mikee Anderson-Mitterling, Nick Scandone, Jamie Malm, John Farrar, Peter Wells, David Hughes. Acceptance into the clinic is by resume only. The program will consist of lectures and on-the-water drills including tactics, strategy, sail trim, boatspeed, etc., together with information on what is important for developing a successful Olympic campaign.

This clinic will be held in Lasers, Laser Radials, Club 420s, International 420s, Club FJs, and 29ers.  Some boats may be available for charter to out-of-area applicants.  (charter fees additional) 

For charter boat information, contact Vanguard Sailing Center of Southern California  949.646.5096 

Applicant must be 13 years or older and a current member of U.S. Sailing Association. Selections will be based upon the sailor's resume as displayed on the CISA Clinic Online Application.  This is an intense, high level clinic. Space will be limited.

For more info.

Olympics logoILYA member clubs and supporting sailing families are invited to fly the flag for our Olympic athletes. Olympic flags will be available for sale at the Winter Inland. Fly this 3 foot x 5 foot flag from your yardarm or below your American flag at home. Price is estimated to be $50. (pricing still in negotiation) 
The ILYA Foundation serves our many sailors who wish to participate in higher level events and need financial support. The Foundation was established under the ILYA's 501(c)(3) status and welcomes charitable donations. Please send donations, (small as well as large) to ILYA Foundation, PO Box 311, Fontana, WI, 53125-0311.
 Saturday, February 16th
fom North U
"You can't play the game if you don't know the rules.

Whether you are a new racer or a salty dog, the North U. Rules and Tactics Seminar will send you home with a new understanding of the racing rules.

The North U. Rules & Tactics Seminar teaches the rules and their underlying principles. You'll see how the rules work and understand how to resolve the conflicts and transitions between the rules as positions change. We'll go all the way around the course, teaching the rules in the way you use them - not by the numbers, but through situations on each leg of the course. You will learn to recognize situations and understand which rules apply.

But that is not all. The rules shape and control tactics. The North U. Rules & Tactics Seminar teaches how to position your boat to make use of the rules. You learn positions that allow you to control the game, and how to avoid positions that leave you vulnerable to attack. You'll also learn the critical difference between right of way and control."
For more info, click here. Dave was our keynote speaker at last year's Winter Inland. He is knowledgeable but, most importantly, humorous and entertaining. He explains it simply with a jovial twist. It will be a day of relaxed learning. South Shore, one of the area's loveliest clubs hosts this event. With fulltime staff, the amenities here are exceptional all week. If you haven't visited South Shore, go enjoy Lake Michigan while learning from the best.
USODA Publications Available at Winter Inland
usoda USODA at Winter Inland 
Chuck Maschal, Executive Secretary for USODA will provide the latest in publications from USODA. Plan to attend the Friday night session and pickup your materials. For a sample of Optinews, click here. It will take two minutes to download due to size but is worth the read. Now is the time for clubs to consider including ILYA or national class organization membership info in your annual dues collection. The Optimist organization provides an incentive for club collection of dues. Contact USODA for more information.
 Bring to Winter Inland 
Commodore Reese has promised booth space or floor space for your regatta T-shirts, sailing gear or foul weather gear. In particular, children's outgrown gear will go fast. Put a price on your merchandise or make it as "best offer" along with your name for folks to contact you on Saturday.
 Sponsorship Opportunity

The ILYA Winter Inland is coming up. This is the event where the Association offers more educational and networking opportunities to its members that at any other time of the year. This is when we plan and create all the summer activities we all enjoy. We offer fleet meetings for all of our classes, sessions on junior and youth sailing, race officer training, and go fast sessions. We have scheduled opportunities for our local clubs to learn how to grow and be more successful. We have our annual delegates meeting and, of course, our lunch with a renown speaker and, this year, six deserving sailors will be inducted into the ILYA Hall of Fame.


The ILYA wants to continue to offer these types of programs to our membership. Our challenge is that the $30.00 fee for this event only covers about 50% of the cost of this event. We presently have one anonymous donor to help defray some of the additional costs of this event. We need more help! If you would like to become a sponsor of the Winter Inland please contact Jim Smith at or 262-203-7721.


Bill Colburn's paintings are now being carried by Flanders Gallery. Please make the time to visit and look! Bill is an MC sailor from Lake Harriet. Flanders is located at 3012 Lyndale Avenue South, just south of Lake Street on the west side of Lyndale. For more information, go to Bill sails actively on the regatta circuit and is our '07 MC Invite Champ. He continues to be instrumental in the growth of his homelake, Harriet. He served as the ILYA MC Fleet rep in the recent past. Professionally, (as if his sailing isn't a profession!), he teaches at the Blake School where some of our young sailors attend.
PO Box 311
Fontana, WI 53125-0311
Phone: 262-203-7721
Fax: 262-203-7722

To submit articles, send to Candace Porter
Inland Lake Yachting Association website, click here.
To contact Executive Secretary Jim Smith, click here.