A Publication of the Inland Lake Yachting Association 
Volume 5, Issue 1

January 10, 2009 

In This Issue
Join US Sailing
Strictly Sail
Race Committee Handbook
Matchracing in Miami
Local RC Seminars
ILYA Office

Melges Performance Sailboats

North One Design
Join the ILYA
Register for Dues
Time to join US Sailing?
 ussailinglogoThis time of year, clubs review insurance, prepare for RC assignments, brush up on procedures, order equipment. It's all at the US Sailing site. If you did not purchase a rulebook, consider a membership which entitles you to a free rulebook. Join US Sailing and then look for your ILYA dues statement soon after.
Strictly Sail
 STRICTLYSAILUS SAILING or ILYA Member Benefit: Strictly Sail Chicago
As a US SAILING or ILYA Member you receive a special discounted admission to the Strictly Sail Chicago boat show on Jan. 28-31. US SAILING Members get 2 for 1 tickets and discounted hotel rates at the Homewood Suites by Hilton. ILYA members get a $2 per ticket discount. New this year at Strictly Sail Chicago - Greg Fisher, Nick Turney, Skip Dieball divulge their best go fast lessons. Seminars include techniques on sail trimming and reading the wind. US SAILING Members are entitled to discounted hotel rates at the Homewood Suites by Hilton in Downtown Chicago for $89.
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The Chicago Strictly Sail site website is here.
For another hotel with ILYA reduced rate, the Fairmount Chicago at Millenium Park at $99, click here. For ILYA discount tickets, click here.
Race committee - get ready!

US sailing rc book 

The US Sailing Race Management Handbook, 2009-2012,

Fifth edition, revised and updated by Pat Seidenspinner in 2009 is now available for sale on the US SAILING website.  You may click on the title above to place an order and remember to logon for the member price.


 For the first time an electronic version of the Handbook was made available to members online this past fall. The electronic and paper publications are the same.


The handbook is the key to providing competitors with the best possible race management for many types of racing.  It serves as a checklist for organizing regattas, preparing notices of race and sailing instructions, and planning race operations including suggested systems, techniques and equipment for quality race management. The 308 page book with tables and diagrams is a vital part of the training and testing program for race officers and should be in every race committee's on board kit.


As noted in the Handbook's foreword written by Robin Wallace, Chairman of the Race Management Committee, "Inevitably as soon as any book is published, something will happen that requires an update, so please check the Race Management section of the US SAILING website at intervals.  The web also has a wide range of forms that may be of help to race officials."

Editor's note - As a Christmas gift from son John, the editor is now in possession of a Kindle which holds rules, appeals and now RC materials could be downloaded. All the necessary documents in a slim format which can be downloaded as pdf's for free if you can wait for a few minutes for Amazon to load at their convenience. The Kindle is a compact way to carry your info. RC chair emeritus (do we have those?) suggested you download the Rules, Appeals, Casebook and RC Management Manual to a flashdrive to save carrying 700 pages. He notes correctly most clubs have computers onsite now.
Matchracing is here!
Barkow returns to action 
The Miami Olympic Classes event comes at the end of the month. The leading ladies are currently in Miami at Biscayne Bay practicing in a clinic led by Dave Perry. Sally will compete in a pre-event to determine her ability to compete in the OCR. The Wisconsin connection is further seen at Miami. Terry Kohler's Sheboygan Sailing Center has packed up the Elliott 6ms and support boats to give this event top notch equipment.
Click here for great photos of quick action.Be sure to watch the page one photos first photo as the photos change to show the action.

US Sailing will be holding a two day advance race management seminar in Chicago March 130in  The head instructor is Tom Farquhar.  At the end of the seminar you can take a test for either the Club, Regional or National Race Officer designations with US Sailing.  See the link below.


In addition to this seminar, Phil Petersen is organizing a one day seminar at Okoboji tentatively scheduled for April 17th.  At the end of this seminar you will be eligible to take a Club Race Officer test.  Contact Phil for more details in the next week or so.


I highly recommend all of our race officers attend a US Sailing Seminar.  The knowledge you get from these seminars will assuredly make you a better race officer.


At the Winter Inland on February 13th we will be holding a couple race committee seminars.  Tom Hodgson has agreed to lead a "how to run a protest hearing".  I will lead an open conversation with emphasis on running ILYA events and the responsibilities of the PRO.  We will also discuss the new rotation system we are implementing this year for assigning PRO's to Inland events.


I want to emphasize that the short seminars we are holding at the Winter Inland are not a substitute for US Sailing Seminars.  The US Sailing Seminars do not even mention protest hearings and do NOT talk about right of way racing rules.  They only discuss race management issues.  US Sailing certifications last four years.


I hope to see many of you on February 13th.  In the mean time, sign up for a US Sailing seminar.  Do yourself and the sailors we serve a favor.


Chip Mann

Chair, Race Management and Judges Committee

Regional Race Officer

PO Box 311
Fontana, WI 53125-0311
Phone: 262-203-7721
Fax: 262-203-7722
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