2011mastheadILYA SCOWLINES
  A Publication of the
Inland Lake Yachting Association
Volume 6, Issue 36

 July 19, 2011 



23-24 WYA X

25 ILYA No Tears East - Beaver Lake NOR

27-30 ILYA X Champs - Clear Lake NOR

29-31 I-20 ILYA I-20 Champs - Green Lake NOR

31- Aug 2 ILYA Opti Champs - White Bear


1-2 ILYA Opti Champs White Bear

4-7 Western Michigan

5-7 Interlake Regatta - Okoboji Fleets: C, no E, MC, X

5-7 ILYA Youth Champs - Calhoun

5-7 WYA C Champs

11 Pram Power - North Lake

12-13 X Blue Chip - Cedar 

ILYA Champs - Minnetonka

11-14 C/MC Champs 

14-17 A Champs 

18-21 E Champs

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26-28 Melges 17 Nationals - White Lake

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Oshkosh Xtreme 

Kiernan/Komas Lead after  Day One  


PRO Mark Tesar had to shoot off three guns today to abandon the Xtreme regatta. After a night of gambling, door prizes, great buffets, the sailors spent the time playing volleyball, dominoes and just plain old having fun while the wind decided NOT to appear.  

1st B21 George Kiernan Eric Komas Lake Beulah YC
2nd A169 Alie Rusher Abby Eckert Cedar Lake YC
3rd B19 Scott Sullivan Erin Sullivan Lake Beulah YC
4th I59 Colin Rowe Finn Rowe Lake Geneva YC
5th B6 Cullen Barr John Berg Lake Beulah YC
6th J3 Korbin Kierstead Adam McAvoy Oshkosh YC
7th N54 Kelly Monahan Emma Birbaum Lake Nagawika YC
8th I92 Mitchell Lee Eleanor Larson Lake Geneva YC
9th B7 Riley Schmidt Sarah Kubicek Lake Beulah YC
10th N525 Jack Behrend Toby Lux Lake Nagawika YC
SURF's UP!  Clear  Lake- here we come
 clear x Have you decided to come?

 Clear Lake, IA is the most picturesque Midwest town imaginable. Great little shops, downhome cooking in quaint restaurants, marvelous sailable water. Add 100 X sailors and some 300 parents and it's the place to be next week. PRO Mark Tesar practiced at Oshkosh and PRO Charlie MacNider stayed home to study - just kidding - they are ready. The party at the Surf is always legendary as is the site itself.

It's not too late. The late deadline is past but register online to make your registration go faster. Clear Lake is a marvelous host. Join the others on your lake. It's a MUST!

The Big Inland -

In the final month leading up to the ILYA Championships, we will highlight two more sailors who exemplify everything that embodies a true ambassador to the sport of sailing. From crewing to skippering, to travelling cross-country to compete and excel, all for the love of the sport.


Sailor Profile: Chris Jewett

Home Yacht Club: Minnetonka Yacht Club

Class: C, E and A-Scow 

How were you introduced to the sport of sailing? What age?

Our neighbors, the Dennis' had a C-Scow and recruited my dad to crew from time to time and eventually they'd let me ride along.  We weren't a sailing family at all and the Dennis' coached us along from the start. 


I was 8 yrs. old and started sailing school at the Upper Minnetonka Yacht Club. Back then, we didn't have Optis and Prams, so we chartered an X-Boat from the club. With the help of John and Leslie Dennis who were sailing school instructors, I developed a passion for this sport that now spans more than 20 years. 


When did you start skippering?  

I was 8 yrs. old when I started skippering an X-Boat. I'd usually grab kids from the neighborhood to be my crew. My brother Tony raced with me a lot as well. I won the X-Boat Inlands when I was 15 yrs. old and then moved in to the M-16 class. With a lot of help from John Dennis I was fortunate to win the M-16 Inland my rookie year.  In 1993 I started racing C's with Chris Andert and began sailing E's in 1999.  In 2006 I began racing the A with Pat Hughes and relinquished my role as skipper for the first time ever.


What motivates you most from year to year?

Without a doubt that it's 100 percent fun and I have the opportunity to spend time with friends and family. The camaraderie of the sport is unlike any other I've been a part of.


Aside from Lake Minnetonka, what is your favorite inland lake to race on? Why?

Okoboji for sure. Why? Mostly because of its close proximity to Minneapolis so I've had the opportunity to sail there a lot over the years. I have so many great memories on that lake. Sure we've posted some great results, but it's really the great people and area that stand out for me. They always put on a top notch, well-organized event.  


What is your greatest sailing memory?

Some of my greatest times were racing FJs and 420s collegiately at the U of Hawaii. There was a strong connection to sailing in MN because my coach, Andy Johnson, was from White Bear Lake. I had the opportunity to travel a ton and see amazing places. And we did well -- senior year we won the Pacific Coast Championships on our home waters.  


Who has had the most influence on your sailing success? 

It's hard to pinpoint just one because truly it has been all of the members and people that sail in the ILYA.  That's what different about this organization, it's so generational here which sets an overall unique tone. Andy Johnson, John Dennis, Gordy Bowers, Andy Burdick, the Melges' -- each and everyone of them has played a key role in helping me get better and the entire ILYA get better.  That's why the organization has been around for so long.  Members share their knowledge so willingly and enthusiastically -- they have to make sure everyone stays involved and we continue to grow the sport we all love.  


What are you most looking forward to at the ILYA this summer? 

For the ILYA Championships, everyone brings their "A" game.  Being here on the home lake and having an opportunity to win AT home would be a dream come true. That's probably the goal of all the locals.


I plan on sailing all three classes C, A and E which is really tough to do. The preparations of when you go to an event is more intense when you travel but there are more distractions when you are at home. Regardless, I'm going to give it my best shot.    


What has compelled you to not only compete in ILYA events around the country, but to sponsor numerous ILYA events over the years?

I enjoy the organization and love the sport, so I want to support what has given me so much.  The ILYA runs on countless volunteers who donate their time and/or money and I see it as part of the sport and being involved in multiple aspects, not just on the water.


How do you spend your time when you're not sailing? 

My wife Sarah and I are chasing three little boys around these days - it's the best thing in the world.  All three are under the age of four, so everything takes a backseat to them. Connor, the oldest, wants to be out on the boat all the time, hopefully the others will follow suit. 

For more information about the 2011 ILYA Championships, visit http://www.inland2011.org

Housing block for Youth Champs at Calhoun
 Get prepared for the event 

Parent Beth Bitney has secured 10 rooms at $89 per night for August  5th/6th at the Park Plaza Bloomington hotel - this is the price for a guaranteed double bedded room.    The hotel is at hwy 100 and 494.  Should be a reasonable location to the lake, restaurants, shopping, etc. I think.  

Please have anyone needing a room send me an email and the hotel will revise the confirmation in their name.

Beth Bitney


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