A Publication of the Inland Lake Yachting Association
Regatta Edition 
Volume 4, Issue 25

July 21, 2009 

In This Issue
No Tears
Gull Lake X Champs
ILYA Office

Melges Performance Sailboats

North One Design
Join the ILYA
Register for Dues
Berg and Chapman Win No Tears East
John Berg 
John Berg - ILYA Junior No Tears Winner 
henry chapman 
 Henry Chapman - ILYA Senior No Tears Winner
 Senior PRO Suzi Reese during skippers meeting
Article by Tamara Hauck and Candace Porter 
A large turnout of young Opti sailors made their way to the shores of Lac LaBelle in Oconomowoc for No Tears East on July 20.  The No Tears event is the ILYA entry level regatta for sailors and parents. The rules are simplified to allow safe sailing without full obligation to the right of way rules. The 21 Junior sailors and 29 Senior sailors had a long but great day in light winds.  Suzi Reese and Leslie Barkow were the PRO's for this 20th year of No Tears sailing,  Both expert women instructor-judges met with instructors from all the lakes represented and coached them on how to help all the sailors that day.  Then, after the infamous candy-necklace competitor's briefings it was out to the water.  Both fleets sailed 4 races, with a great "Chicago dogs" lunch in between.  All sailors went home with sailing photos, ILYA medals and many other goodies.
The conclusion of the day was 50 happy sailors who sailed a full complement of races. LaBelle co-chairs Kathy Tweet and Tamara Hauck provided a day of enjoyment and noted how happy they were to host this event. LaBelle, like many of our clubs, cannot host a championship event based on its size. In his acceptance speech, It was a gracious effort from LaBelle and grateful sailors -- Junior fleeter John Berg thanked the committee for a "great lunch" in his acceptance speech. It was wonderful to see four Mendota Optis attending. This is a first for their club. In the end the results netted winners all around. Competition was a bit tighter in the senior fleet. Check out the scores here for junior and senior fleets
And it can only happen in Optis - in race three John Berg of Beulah and Henry (H-Bomb) of Geneva were coming to the finish talking all the way about how way cool it was to be leading. Henry relatd he had never won a race so Berg, who had just won the first two, decided to share a bit with his friend. Berg luffed his sail, deferred to his sailing buddy, and Henry proudly took the gun (only figuratively since no guns are part of the modus operandi here at the No Tears). And that's how friendships are made and nurtured at the No Tears. Congratulations to all the sailors and parents who enjoyed LaBelle's hospitality. 

 Registration begins Wednesday. Practice race at 3:00 
 WOW! Magnificent is the the word to describe the task achieved by the Gull Lake Yacht Club. $750,000 fundraising in one year, construction start date of December IN MINNESOTA, and the culmination is a breathtakingly magnificent new clubhouse. The X boaters and parents are in for a grand event.
The excitement and enthusiasm does not end with the building. The Gull Lake YC has technology unsurpassed promised. Dan Poppe, webmaster and guru, has video planned for the evening, the Three Stooges planned for humor during registration, national and local weather plus results running continuously on a wide screen. It's so impressive. If scoring ace Chuck Dreissen has it planned properly, results will be posted after every event so on-the-water Blackberry users or those of you at home can get immediate feedback. It's small things like the effort to bring us up-to-date weather that shows the effort of the club. Gull Lake is located in "no-man's land" and three different radar sites needed to be tapped to bring us immediate weather forecasts. Quite an effort.
An in-the-water and on-land volleyball court, goodie bags, jib raffle, Melges sponsorship - it's all waiting for our X boaters.
The entire club is ready to welcome us. When you meet anyone with the last name Dreissen, thank them. A complement of 25 Dreissens have assisted with the event.  
The latest way to watch regattas is follow Sailgroove. This young company produces a new dimension to the event. Sailgroove was first seen by the editor at Collegiate Nationals in 2008 and she knew it was something the ILYA had to have. Promotion money will be invested for the trip to Green Lake for key player Chris Love to interview our sailors, video the event and, in general, add a level of excitement and promotion unparalleled for the Inland. The company is a group of young adults who bring a fresh, high-tech presence to events. You can watch the event from home or you will find yourself traveling to the computer each evening to see your competitors live.
For a preview of what's to come, visit here. The Opti Nationals are being telecast this week but view past events to see interviews with our local sailors. Fall collegiate nationals the past two years are posted. Or watch other national events. You will enjoy the show that will come to the Inlands in August.

The team racing portion of the event has concluded. Today the Girls Nationals begins. The Midwest team, MIST, finished the highest ever for a team from our region. They concluded the event in the semifinal match with a 2-2 which landed them third overall. The final four could not occur due to time limit.Watch Opti Nationals results and fun on Sailgroove. There is a glitch this morning with the results but it will soon be fixed. The true National championship begins on Thursday. Sailgroove begins reporting live at noon Pacific time.
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