Volume 12, Issue 49  
July 26, 2017
 
 
ILYA Championships
Lake Geneva
 
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2017 Regattas
 
July
26-29 ILYA X Champs - Delavan YC
28 TCYS- Wayzata 420 only
30-31 ILYA Opti Champs - Delavan YC
August
1 cont. ILYA Opti Champs - Delavan YC
3 Pram Power - North Lake
3-5 ECESA - Little Egg Harbor, NJ
2-5 Western MI Champs E/C/MC - Crystal Lake
4 TCYS - Wayzata
4-6 WYA C - Nagawicka YC
11-12 X Blue Chip - Cedar, WI
16-20 ILYA Championships - C/MC/A/E - Lake Geneva YC
September
8-10 Max C/MC Fall - Maxinkuckee YC
8-10 E Nationals - Carolina YC
9-10 George Dorn MC - Beulah
9-10 Big Waters C - South Shore YC
16-17 C Blue Chip - Pistakee YC
16-17 Fenton Fall C - Lake Fenton YC
22-24 E Blue Chip - Pewaukee
23-24 NNN Beulah C Challenge - Lake Beulah YC
23-24 Lotawana C - Missouri YC
30 - Oct 1 - Polar Bear C/MC - Lake Davenport Sailing Club
October
7-8 C Worlds - Delavan YC
 

ILYA X championships --- here we go! New Champs to be crowned
 
The calm before the storm
67 Juniors, 41 Seniors
The Inland Lake Yachting Association is so pleased to thank Delavan in advance for all its organizational planning. It was evident today as everything ran like clockwork. Thanks to Tina Hetzler and Renee Clair for the work over the past year to culminate in a flawless day of registration. With 108 boats, that will be estimated 5-600 people each day on the property - parking, eating, getting on spectator boats. It will be a whirlwind seven days!
The picture above shows the grounds at 8:00 - nary a soul around. 
 
 Here's what we look like at 6:00 as parents await the arrival of the Lakes on Parade. Each lake was heralded by Delavan Commodore Jack Markwick.
 
But before we get too far into the story. Volunteers arrived at 7:00 AM to prepare.
 
Loads of cute ideas to entertain the younger set
Stacey McClenathan, Deb Compall, Stacey's mother and the regatta chairs and spouses put in a full day handling softgoods, food orders and all other sundry items. 
But at 6:00 the parade began led by last year's host, Okoboji.
 
Lake Geneva
Minnetonka
Pine
Cedar
Clear Lake
LaBelle
Okauchee
Pewaukee
Perhaps the loudest applause was for Mendota_
White Bear
North Lake
Oshkosh
Nagawicka
Lake Beulah
Finally_ host lake Delavan

Perhaps the most touching part of the evening was the bowing of the flag by Delavan's Allen Buzzell, a lifelong ILYA member who then saluted the flag during the playing of the Star Spangled Banner.
Richard Beers, emceed the evening where ILYA Commodore David Porter welcomed the sailors and parents, thanked the volunteers, acknowledged the race committee and identified all the parents and coaches who had previously competed in this event. Past Commodore Tom Hodgson briefly spoke on the highly-regarded status of this event which is 70+ years old. Then off for business from PROs Chip Mann and Mark Tesar.
Senior fleet

Junior Fleet
It's an early start for the juniors with a 9:00 AM Warning Signal. 
No Tears - Nagawicka  
55 of the cutest sailors 
If Nagawicka had any luck, it evaporated on Monday at the No Tears. First a post office mistake - turns out the club is in Hartland but the post office is in Delafield or vice versa -- it all resulted in no registrations received. Then the power went out due to a fallen tree DURING lunch. No power, no flushing------- But most of us didn't realize any of this. Dick Mileager and the chairs, the Wagners, smiled and worked and worked and worked. Dick was a spectator boat, changed marks, carried water to flush toilets, directed cars, worked the bar -- need we say more? It was as though everyone worked the same way. Congratulations and thanks to Nagawicka for laughing and keeping on keepin' on. It was a grand day.

As you read below, please note there were two sportsmanship winners. The junior winner had a tough, tough boat incident, remained calm, smiled through out and thanked instructors for assistance. Congrats to Russell Fortuna. On the senior fleet, there was an actual rescue attempt. Northwestern Military School had sailboats out on the water when one sailor got separated from his boat. A little senior sailor went over to assist the sailor, throwing him his line to help pull him toward the Opti. Fortunately a rescue boat came by. Thanks to the parents for giving us such fine individuals for a day. 
 
Parents, photos from the senior fleet are linked in an article below. 

Junior No Tears
Bo Strothman, Junior No Tears Winner
 
 
 
Russell Fortuna - Junior Sportsmanship Winner
Senior No Tears
Cole Thompson Senior No Tears Winner and Sportsmanship Winner

 
North Lake's Annual Pram Power Regatta is Thursday, August 3rd  
What is Pram Power?

  • A fun regatta geared toward beginner sailors that are new (or newish) to regattas.
  • Coaches from North Lake and other sailing schools cooperate to assist sailors as needed -- a great environment for learning!
  • The sailors will be divided into junior and senior fleets that will sail at different times, allowing sharing of boats.
  • How do we fill the down time?  With crafts!!!  Sailors and siblings are invited to do shrinky dinks, decorate t-shirts, etc.  (Included for registered sailors and available for purchase for siblings.)
  • Please bring a 100% cotton white t-shirt to decorate as one of your crafts.
  • We'll have a raffle for cool sailing gear and more!
  • Lunch will be homemade tacos, fruit, and cookies.  Delicious.
Don't miss out, August 3rd is less than 2 weeks away!  We are pleased to be offering on-line registration and payment this year.  Registration and regatta information can be found here:
 
 
Questions?  Contact Laura Johnson at northlakesailing@gmail.com or 262-361-2104.
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2017 MC Invitational 
No Tears Senior - 
ILYA X Championships - Day One registration

 
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