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A Publication of the Inland Lake Yachting Association
Volume 6, Issue 1

January 8, 2011

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USSAILING Member Partner Program
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Winter Inland Deadline Approaches

The Winter Inland will be hosted at Chenequa Country Club. The clubhouse is nestled between Beaver and Pine so it is most convenient from the I-94 corridor. Housing will be free to the first folks who request. The generosity of the local lakes makes this possible. Contact Candace Porter to offer or request housing. What better way to spend a winter weekend than with summer friends.

The schedule is a traditional Friday night youth night, expanded fleet meeting times and a new casual "grab and go" lunch to allow you to remain in your fleet meetings to develop promotional programs to keep our fleets strong.

New this year is the pricing. $20 essentially for everything - thanks to our sponsors: Melges Boatworks, North Sails, Harken and the ILYA Bilge Pullers. Saturday late afternoon will be the Gary Jobson show and appetizers and drinks complements of our sponsors.This allows us to build in the price of lunch as the sole cost.



February 11-13, Chenequa Country Club, Hartland, Wis.


US Sailing President Gary Jobson to Speak

Youth Sessions return to Friday night. The X and Opti fleets will meet jointly with measurement, regatta format, progression to youth boats all on the agenda. Chenequa Country Club will host us in an elegant manner. This does present us with an opportunity to provide all our members with private housing. In addition, the hotels along the I-94 will be close by.

Saturday schedule changes with a more casual lunch served buffet style to allow a looser time schedule for our fleets to discuss promotion and future regatta sites and ideas. ILYA Club Delegates will elect Directors. Awards and the keynote speaker will commence late afternoon after hors d'oeuvres and libation. Gary Jobson will speak to the afternoon/evening crowd. All are invited to stay the whole day for our new look.

At a glance:


Friday - 5:30 - 8:00 Youth meetings: Opti to our older youth
Saturday - 9:00 Sailing Promotion, Melges 17 and I-20

10:00 Race Committee 101 and X Fleet meeting

11:00 Delegates meeting/election of Directors
12-30 A Fleet, C fleet  and Club Issues

1:45  E Fleet, MC fleet
3:00 Party and socialization - Gary Jobson, US Sailing President. Enjoy the cocktail hour with ILYA awards and a presentation by Jobson.

Sunday the ILYA Board meets to elect new officers, finalize plans for the Minnetonka Big Inland, welcome new directors, and conduct other association business. Thanks to Leslie Barkow and Chip Mann for exceptional service as their terms expire.

To volunteer to provide private housing for Friday and/or Saturday night, or to request housing, contact Candace Porter.


Please note that because of our venue this year, pre-reservations are required even for the fleet meetings.

Who's Where?

The Orange Bowl is over. Congrats to Malcolm Lamphere (Geveva) with a strong fourth place finish in 420s. The Midwest was well represented with Chicago sailors finishing well in the top 15. With four more Minnesota sailors in the fleet, the Midwest is having a growth spurt. Optis and Laser sailors add another contingent to make this year banner in Miami.


Stephanie Roble in matchracing with an ILYA Foundation grant sailed to a strong fifth place finish. SALLY BARKOW took first with a 3-0 win over Anna Tunnicliffe. See the Roble story below.


Next up is the 470 Midwinter event with Anne Haeger and college crew in Miami. This is a warmup to the Miami Olympic classes regatta with sailors and race committee. Watch for Finn sailor Gordon Lamphere, 470 sailor Anne Haeger, match racer Sally Barkow, paralympic sailors John Ruf and Bert Foster - may be more but the editor needs some assist in this area. In the 49er class watch for Team JK - Kevin Jewett and Mike Kuschner - and Erik Bowers in the Laser class.


And if that is not enough for FL, Key West week begins Jan 17th. Look for strong participation in the Melges classes.

How can the ILYA help promote your fleet or regatta?

An open letter to Fleet Representatives, Regatta Chairpersons and scow enthusiasts


How can the ILYA help promote your fleet or regatta?


This is a simple question, but not a simple answer. What's right for one fleet, won't work for another. What gets someone off the fence to attend a regatta could do nothing for another sailor. The ILYA is a diverse group of people bound together by the love to sail scows, but what get us to attend a regatta or join a fleet could be driven my many different ideas. The ILYA Promotion Committee is here to help you sift through a multitude of motivations, and provide a means to end - encouraging greater sailor participation.


The ILYA Promotion Committee was formed in the fall of 2004. Initial goals were to expand the outreach of the organization; website improvements, online regatta registration, and youth sailing director. We need your input for where to go from here.
  • ScowLines - This newsletter has grown from the brainchild of Candace Porter to become the expected source of information for our classes, our regattas and our sailors. How do we make it better? What else do you want to hear about?
  • Web promotion - Are we doing enough? What ideas do you have to grow our presence? The ILYA has partnered with, and is an area we continue to grow. They are bringing a level of real-time coverage to our sport that usually only seen surrounding America's Cup events.
  • Inland Championship - It doesn't matter the class, the Inland Championship is our showcase event. This is where the ILYA shows itself off, and where we all come together as an organization. How do we make it better?


The ILYA Promotioin Committee is meeting at 9am Saturday, Feburary 12th at the Winter Inland. Please come share your thoughts and ideas on the topics above, or other avenues you think the Promotion Committee should help.
Thanks for your continued dedication to the ILYA and promoting sailing.

Chris Andert, ILYA Promotion Chair
Candace Porter, Past Commodore
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ILYA Foundation News

As the year concludes, think of the Foundation for your donation dollars. The Foundation has two components: Individual accounts for Olympic hopefuls and General Foundation Funds for others pursuing national or international challenges. 
Those with registered accounts are the Sally Barkow Match Race Olympic Campaign, the John Ruf 2.4mR Paralympic Campaign, and the Kevin Jewett JK Sailing 49er Olympic Campaign. Specific donations can be made to any one or more of these accounts via ILYA. 
Think of us at year's end. Your money today helps already in 2011 as our sailors begin the Olympic classes regatta in FL in January. The ILYA welcomes new accounts and new requests for funds. Contact Jim Smith at for more info.


Latest recipient of General Foundation Funds-Stephanie Roble

To the ILYA Foundation,

My team and I had an outstanding experience and overall finish at the USSTAG regatta we attended for the first week of 2011 in Key Biscayne, Florida. Because of the Foundation's support for our regatta fee, we were also able to attend a three-day training camp with Dave Perry that allowed us to build on our match racing skills, which proved to be a positive experience for our regatta results later in the week.

All three of the US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics members as well as 5 other teams of all different match racing levels attended the camp. We had many discussions about tuning and match racing moves specific to the Elliot 6 Meter, which is the women's Olympic match race boat. We also had excellent coaching and video debriefs from Dave Perry who was able to point out things and help us improve to a level we could not have accomplished without his help. The USSTAG members were also extremely helpful in sharing information and debriefing on the water after a drill or race.

At the end of the week all eight teams participated in a regatta that would determine who is on the 2011 USSTAG team and who is attending the Miami Rolex Olympic Class Regatta (MOCR) in mid January.  The first stage of the event was to complete two full round robins. With five teams there that had significantly higher rankings than us we were expecting some losses. Our main goal for the two round robins was to at least start even with our competitor so that we could have a good fight in all races. (In match racing, the prestart can become very intense and once the other boat gains control of you it is very hard to start even).  We all agreed at the end of the double round robins that our goal was accomplished, as our record was 6-8, with 2 of those losses being within inches of winning. Unfortunately one of those close losses caused us to lose the tie breaker for fourth place overall, which was the last spot to qualify for the MOCR, a grade 1 world cup event. Even with that disappointing news on the water, we still had to complete a sail off for fifth with a competitor that we went 1-1 with in the round robins. We wanted to push through the disappointment and finish strong, which is exactly what we did by being the first to win two races in only two races and placing fifth overall.

Overall my team, Maggie Shea, Darby Smith and myself, was very excited about our finish and hard work throughout the week. When I originally wrote to the Foundation I mentioned that I was very confident in my team and after this week I am even more confident in them, as they are the most hard working, dedicated and entertaining individuals I have ever sailed with.  As a team, we did a great job of working hard and learning while keeping "the mood" light on the boat. From this event we discovered that we want to have a future of sailing together and will be participating in Dave Perry's "Road to Rio" training camps and as many events as possible.

We cannot thank the Foundation enough for the support we received to participate in the US Sailing Women's Match Racing Qualifier Regatta.

Chicago - April 2-3 for your YC Board
USsailingycsummitNation's Best to Speak
Flag officers, general managers, and committee chairpersons of yacht clubs and community sailing organizations of all sizes from around the country are invited to participate. The summit, moderated by US SAILING President Gary Jobson and a host of industry leaders, features a number of informative seminars and breakout sessions on the following topics:

  • Communications
  • Signature Events
  • Refurbishment of Club
  • Information Technology
  • Regulatory Issues
  • Insurance
  • Long Range Planning
  • Community Access
  • Financial Stability
  • Regatta Management
  • Yacht Club Branding
  • Junior Programs
  • Sailing Around the World
  • Membership
  • Yacht Club Foundation
  • Waterfront Management

"It is essential that our yacht clubs provide excellent service to their members and the sailing community at large," explained US SAILING President Gary Jobson. "The weekend symposium will bring together the best innovative thinking across the country and a wide variety of topics. Any yacht club planning on re de fin ing their mission, attract new members, understand how to complete a major renovation, or become relevant in their community will want to participate in this ground breaking event."

America's Cup icon Ted Turner will be issuing the keynote address.

ILYA joins US Sailing Partner Program

ussailinglogoThe ILYA would like to encourage all of our members to become US SAILING members. US SAILING - the National Governing Body for Sailing - is a grass roots, volunteer supported organization that is dedicated to sailors of all levels of racing and recreational sailing across the country, as well as local sailing organizations including our club.To make it easy, we are participating in US SAILING's Member Partner Program which offers discounted US SAILING membership rates (20% off) and contributes a portion of your dues back to our association.


Why should you become a member of US SAILING?


Plain and simple. As a member of US SAILING, you make it possible for US SAILING to develop and maintain programs that we depend on. These programs include training for our certified instructors and race officials, curricula and resources for our junior program, support for our volunteers, insurance programs for our member clubs, and more.  This support impacts your sailing activities, directly or indirectly, whether it is through our junior sailing program, regattas, insurance and other services. And from the bigger picture, as a member of US SAILING, you are supporting efforts to maintain the health and integrity of sailing and ensure a bright future for all sailors.



What you receive as a member of US SAILING?


Great Benefits. In addition to supporting the programs and people that impact your time on the water, as a member of the Member Partner Program, you will receive a host of great benefits including:


  • A copy of the Racing Rules of Sailing
  • Discounted Regatta Fees
  • Lowest rates on Sailing World and Cruising World magazine
  • Special member pricing on all items in the US SAILING stor
  • Great discounts from US SAILING sponsors and partners, including West Marine, Sperry Topsider, Atlantis, Hobie Sunglasses, North U, AlphaGraphics and many more.
  • Access to US SAILING's custom weather portal from Sailing Weather Services
  • And more.



US SAILING Member Partner Program Rates:

Youth:                       $20 (normally $25)

Individual:                 $50 (normally $60)

Family:                       $75 (normally $90)

How can you join US SAILING?
To join through our Member Partner Program, all you have to do is click here and you will be directed to our Member Partner Program webpage.  Once youπre there, just follow the simple steps and within minutes, you will be a US SAILING member in minutes.  You will receive immediate membership confirmation, be able to take advantage of all of all of your benefits, and you will be supporting US SAILING and their efforts to provide leadership, advancement, and integrity for the sport of sailing.  The Member Partner Program is a win-win for you, our organization and US SAILING.  By joining through our Member Partner Program, not only do you receive special membership rates, but a portion of your membership dues are given back to our organization so we can purchase US SAILING products and services such as the Racing Rules of Sailing, educational DVDs, books, apparel, race official and instructor certification fees, and much more.We encourage you to participate in our Member Partner Program and take advantage of all that US SAILING has to offer!

Gary Jobson, President





Melges Invites You to Strictly Sail or Key West

Melges log

Big Savings Week -   January 27 - February 4 which encompasses Strictly Sail.  Big savings on boats, sails, covers.  Last chance to gear up for Spring!

Strictly Sail

January 27th to 30th at Navy Pier

The Midwest's premier sailing boat show

Sailing Seminars

Daily sessions for sailors of all abilities. Check the schedule to plan your day so you have plenty of time to see all of your favorite speakers! Get details »


Milwaukee Honors Sailor

MILWAUKEE, Wis. - The Milwaukee Community Sailing Center (MCSC) recognizes adventurist, world cruiser and popular sailing editor Bob Bitchin as 2011's Sailor of the Year. With nearly thirty years spent living aboard sailboats and cruising most of the Pacific and Central America, Bob is a highly respected sailing enthusiast and editor of Latitudes and Attitudes Magazine, one of the largest publications in world cruising with over 70,000 readers. He is among many prominent previous winners including Buddy Melges, Gary Jobson, Peter and Olaf Harken, and Sally Barkow.

"Bob isn't your typical sailor, spending many years of his life motorcycling cross-country and serving as bodyguard to Evil Knieval. His passion for sailing the seas paired with his unique life experience is admired by sailors everywhere. Many think of him as the Jimmy Buffet of the sailing world," said Margaret Jaberg, Co-chair of the MCSC's Sailors Ball. In addition to publishing and editing his magazine, Bob has also authored six books and manages a podcast and TV show reaching over 40 million homes. He is a notable speaker at conventions and seminars throughout the country and his website has over 150,000 monthly visitors.

Bitchen will be honored at the annual Sailors Ball on Saturday, February 26, 2011 at the Italian Community Center. Each year, the themed Sailors Ball raises thousands of dollars to provide community outreach programs for local at-risk and disadvantaged youth and those with special needs. MCSC has introduced thousands of adults and children to sailing, with many becoming life-long sailors and boat owners. This year, Sailors Ball guests will embark upon an "Ark" dressed as their favorite furry critters. To reserve a spot at this annual event, the public can contact the MCSC at 414.277.9094 or visit for more information.

About the Milwaukee Community Sailing Center

The Milwaukee Community Sailing Center provides meaningful programs to experience Lake Michigan sailing that engage all members of the community regardless of their age, cultural or racial background, or financial status.  Programs are tailored to meet the needs and interests of a diverse population - adults, youth and persons with disabilities, with a focus on innovative and character-building learning experiences.  Participants will discover hidden abilities to broaden their life skills and self-development including self-reliance, teamwork, problem-solving and leadership skills.  For more information visit or call (414) 277-909.

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