A Publication of the Inland Lake Yachting Association
Volume 5, Issue 4

January 26, 2009

Melges Performance  Sailboats

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13-14 Winter Inland - Lake Geneva
11 Melges Tuneup Clinic at Lake Eustis
13 US Sailing RC Course - Chicago
12-14 E/C/Melges 17  Midwinters - Lake Eustis, FL
16-17 Zenda U at Lake Eustis
18-20 MC Midwinters - Lake Eustis, FL
24 RC Course - Okoboji
24-25 Springfield C - Island Bay
1-2 48th Icebreaker C - Cedar Lake, IN
8 Mother's Day Laser - Lake Geneva
29 Memorial Day Laser -  Milwaukee
5-6 Lighthouse I-20 - Fond du Lac
23-26 MC Masters - Okoboji
25-27 I-20 ILYA Invitational - Cedar, IN
25 ILYA No Tears West - White Bear
8-11 ILYA E Invitational - Minnetonka
8-11 ILYA MC Invitational - Cedar Lake, WI
9-11 Melges 17/M-16 Champs -  Pewaukee
15-18 ILYA C Invitational - Lake Beulah
26 ILYA No Tears East - 20th anniversary - Pine
28-31 ILYA X Champs - Pewaukee
31-1 D20 Laser Champs -
South Shore
5-8 Interlake - Clear Lake, IA
6-8 ILYA I-20 Champs - Neenah Nodaway
11-21 ILYA Championships - Lake Geneva
A Scows - Aug 15-17
E Scows - Aug 11-14
C Scows - Aug 18-21
MC Scows - Aug 11-14
12 Pram Power -North Lake
12-15 US Laser Champs - Milwaukee
13-14 X Blue Chip - Cedar, WI
20-22 ILYA Youth Champs (Laser and 420) - Calhoun
Happy birthday, Buddy
80 Years Young, Still Iceboating. Still Teaching
Reprinted from Scuttlebutt


Sailing legend Buddy Melges was in Key West last week, enjoying the warm weather and checking out the two grand prix classes that bear his name at Key West Race Week. Melges figured watching a sailboat racing in the Keys for a few days beat the winter cold of Wisconsin so he hopped a flight to the southernmost point of Florida and settled into a bunk aboard Jeff Ecklund's motor yacht Starlight Express.


Melges grew up on Lake Geneva racing the boats designed and manufactured by his father - Harry Melges Sr. He eventually took over operation of Melges Performance Sailboats while at the same time building a remarkable resume as a competitive sailor. Melges won Olympic medals in the Soling (Gold, 1972) and Flying Dutchman (Bronze, 1964) classes then captured consecutive Star world championships (1978, 1979). He is also a five-time E-Scow national champion and seven-time Skeeter Ice Boat world champion.


He does not take credit for the enormous success of the Melges 24 and 32 sport boat classes, which have attracted many of the finest sailors in the world. "I didn't have anything to do with that. That was all due to the work of the kids," he said, referring to sons Harry III and Hans. "They went to Reichel-Pugh and got the 24 designed. That boat obviously did very well so they went back to Reichel-Pugh and got the 32 designed. Then they added a 17-footer and the 20-footer. All four boats are fun to sail, every damn one of them."


"I have to congratulate Harry and his staff. They have done a wonderful job of providing service to the fleets," Melges said. "Harry demands quality and excellence, which is quite clear to me when I come to a big regatta such as this and see what is going on. What impresses me the most is the level of sailing that I am seeing in our classes. It is much improved from the first time we came down here. "


Melges is pretty much retired now and will be celebrating his 80th birthday on January 26th. Melges spends his time duck hunting, ice boating and tinkering in his work shop these days. "Every day is Sunday, but I only go to church one of the seven," he joked. "I still love the Skeeter class and it's a development program so I am always trying new things in terms of hardware and equipment." -- An excerpt from Race Week News (Pg 9):
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